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Obituary: Charles M. Packer of Woodside, aerospace pioneer

 

Services for Charles Maurice Packer of Emerald Hills, a pioneer in research at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, were held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. Mr. Packer died July 10 at the age of 86.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he moved with his family to Burlingame, where he graduated from high school in 1948. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah.

For three years, he served as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Navy. In 1956, he played a significant role in the historic testing of the atomic and hydrogen bombs while aboard the USS Estes, the family said.

He accepted a position at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in 1957. During his early years at Lockheed, he earned a doctorate in materials science at Stanford University.

He had more than 59 years of experience with material used in aerospace applications. While at Lockheed, he earned many accolades, including the Robert E. Gross Award for Technical Excellence: Scientist of the Year. He was the co-author of three patents.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Leslie; their children, Jane Packer and Charles S. (Noelle Olsen) Packer; and three children from his previous marriage to Barbara Walcher: Tracy Packer (David Dawley), John Packer (Shindi Packer), and Adrienne Packer (Heather Grubb); brother Phil Packer (Sherrie Packer); and six grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Alicia Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, www.aarbf.org.

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