Robert Erickson ’51

Robert G Erickson, age 93, of Nashua, NH, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 12, 2023.  He was the beloved husband of Jane Erickson for 57 years.  Bob was born June 29, 1929, in Saugatuck, Michigan to the late Axel and Lillian (Bryan) Erickson.

He graduated (BS) from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  He studied Mathematics (MS’52) and Engineering at Purdue University.  He served in the U.S. Army.  Bob was an adjunct math instructor, University of Alabama Huntsville Extension Center.  He was a long-time employee of General Electric Co. and programmed the IBM 704 computer for study of aero-dynamic heating of missile nose cones for the Army ABMA (later to be NASA).  Design team member, 1960’s era, GE industrial process computers.  Patent: Addressing method to extend the addressability of short word length computers.  He also developed software for generating manufacturing instructions for custom multi-conductor electrical cables.

Bob was a member of Trinity Church, Woodbridge, CT, and served as a trustee and treasurer.  He was also a member of the Gideons International.  He was a man of strong faith and devotion who loved God and his family.

He was an avid reader, a lover of classical music, photography, and an interested follower of politics.  He enjoyed “do-it-yourself” projects and had a gift for fixing whatever.  He enjoyed hiking and nature, and his children fondly recall camping trips during their formative years.

In addition to his wife Jane, Bob is survived by his son Brian and his wife Pamela of Nashua, his sister Ellyn Pudlo of Phoenix, Arizona, his four grandchildren, Courtney and her husband Anthony, Megan and her husband Matthew, Katelyn and her husband Alexander, and Kevin Erickson, his 4 great-grandchildren Evelyn, Ethan, Jack, and Sophie, sister-in-law, Shirley Rippstein of Glendale, Arizona., brother-in-law Allen Tunberg and wife, Darlene of Arthur, Iowa., predeceased by his daughter, Marcia, in 2017.  His memory will live on in the hearts of his family.

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