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Gerald J. Moyar
May 22, 1935 - July 05, 2012
Gerald J. Moyar, age 77, of Naperville, IL, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 of heart failure. His career as a mechanical engineer spanned many years of research and consultancy to the railroad industry.
Dr. Moyar was born May 22, 1935 in Jeannette, PA. Much of his childhood was spent in Portsmouth VA where his father worked in the Norfolk Navy Yards during World War II. He graduated from Petersburg (VA) High School in 1953 and was a first-team all-state football selection his senior year.
Following graduation with honors from Princeton University, class of 1957, Dr. Moyar earned advanced degrees from the Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Subsequent employment included Knolls Atomic Power Lab in Schenectady NY, where he directed reactor-core research for naval and civilian application; and Brenco Inc., Petersburg VA, as Vice President of Research. In 1977 in Chicago he led a cooperative international research program on railroad track/train dynamics managed by the Association of American Railroads.
Dr. Moyar enjoyed many years of service to the university alumni organizations, religious institutions and professional societies to which he belonged. During the 1990's he served on the Board of the Chicago Engineers' Foundation, Union League Club of Chicago. In 1994 he was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) with their national Dedicated Service Award, especially for History and Heritage Committee leadership, and in 1998 with their Arnold Stucki Award. During his tenure at the Fox Valley Section of ASME, up to the time of his passing, landmark recognition was gained for a diversity of regional sites including Fermilab's Tevatron Collider. In 1999 the Alumni Association of the University of Illinois honored him with its Constituent Leadership Award. At First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove, IL, he developed a strong interest and commitment to the Foundations Adult Christian Education program.
Jerry also enjoyed his final years in communication with his Princeton classmates while serving as Religion Editor for the class of 1957 alumni web site.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth, and sons James (Lynelle) of Mechanicsville, VA, Jess (Leslie) of Orland Park, IL and Timothy of Naperville, IL, and eight grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister, Susan Jane Williams (the late David Williams) of Findlay, OH and a brother, George Russell Moyar (Bonnie) of Montross, VA. Preceded in death by his parents George and Jessie Moyar and infant sister Priscilla Diane.
Memorial Visitation Saturday, August 11, 10:00-11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515.
Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials:
Arrangements entrusted to Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL 60540. For more info., 630-355-0213