Stuart Kennedy Haney

May 4, 2017

Stuart Kennedy Haney (BS MECH EGR ’51), Santa Barbara, died Feb. 16, 2017, in Santa Barbara. He was 91.

He was born in Chicago in 1925 and moved to California in 1955, settling in Goleta in 1961.

He enlisted in the Navy during WWII in June of 1943 and served as a machinist’s mate, Third Class, on Guadalcanal until March 1946.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1951 and worked for Elgin Watch, Lockheed Aircraft, and IBM before starting a career with Hughes Aircraft Co.

He designed infrared space mechanisms for the Viking Orbiter, Pioneer Jupiter, Mariner Mars and night vision sites for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems for the U.S. military. His final career accomplishment was designing the infrared optical system for the Maverick Missile.

Memorials may be made to the COPD Foundation.

More information is available at