John T. Fleck, passed away on Tuesday October 17, 2006.
The following is the Obituary by his daughter Carol:
John Then Fleck Ė Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend
John T. Fleck, age 81, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 in his home in Orchard Park, NY. John was born November 10, 1924 in Lackawanna, NY.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lois J. (Schlehr). John was the caring father of their six children, Louise (Francis) DíAddario of Seattle, WA, John (Deborah) of Colden, NY, Sharon (Walter) Rudnicki of Orchard Park, NY, Robert (Norma) of Spencerport, NY, Richard of Orchard Park, NY, and Carol (John) Baccoli of Hamburg, NY. Together, he and Lois have 7 grandchildren and a great grandchild expected in March 2007. He is also survived by his sister, Camille Fiore Bainbridge of San Carlos, CA. His dear brother, David, passed away three months ago.
The son of the late Sylvester and Clara (Then) Fleck, John spent much of his youth growing up on Indian Church Road. John served as a Seaman First Class in the United States Navy from 1942-1946. He received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1949 after which he began his career in the Physics Department of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (Calspan). He served as the Department Head and managed the operation and programming of the IBM 704/7044/360/165. In 1968 he assumed co-leadership of the Computer Mathematics Department. Shortly thereafter he was appointed Senior Staff Scientist, one of the highest technical posts at CAL. Most notable in his career has been the development of the algorithms used in the CVS (Crash Victim Simulator) program. In 1978 he co-founded J&J Technologies, Inc. in Orchard Park, NY and continued to do work directly related to the CVS/ATB/CAL3D Model. As a result of his many significant contributions, many of which are used by the Department of Transportation as well as the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, Dr. Fleck was presented with the First Fellow of the Articulated Total Body (ATB) Users Group Award in 1998.
He was also a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was a life member of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the American Legion.
John enjoyed swimming and tennis in his youth. Over the years he enjoyed golfing with his family as well as with the Hamburg Menís Golf Association. His interests included crossword and jigsaw puzzles, cryptoquips, sudoku, playing cards, car rides and travel.
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