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Community - September 22, 2010

Obituary: James Milton Massard

James Milton Massard, a former Menlo Park resident, died Sept. 13 in Corydon, Indiana. He was 82.

Mr. Massard was a specialist in structures and vibrations engineering at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. in Sunnyvale, working on numerous areospace and marine program.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Mr. Massard grew up in Wellington, Ohio. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Ohio University in 1950 and his master's and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1955.

After serving on the faculty at the University of Illinois, he relocated to Palo Alto in 1957 to join Lockheed as a research scientist. He moved to Menlo Park in 1967.

During his 30 years at Lockheed, Mr. Massard worked on the Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident missile programs, the Space Shuttle, and the Sea Shadow Stealth Ship project. He was recognized in "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in the West," and "Who's Who in Aviation" for his achievements as an engineer.

After retiring initially to Palm Springs, Mr. Massard later lived in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He was an avid snow skier and golfer, and a talented musician, playing piano, flute, and trumpet, say family members.

Mr. Massard is survived by his children, James Massard of Palo Alto, Gary Massard of Corydon, Indiana, and Patricia Massard of Hershey, Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren.

A private family service will be held, with interment in Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana. Memorials in his name may be made to Florida Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc., 4635 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes, FL 34639; www.floridacocker.org.

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