Dudley Owen Nash, 89, of Sarasota, Fla., died peacefully Tuesday, Dec.17, 2013, at the Windsor of Venice after a long, debilitating illness.
Dudley was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Sherburne, N.Y., to Gladys (Grover) Nash and Dudley Owen Nash Sr. He graduated from Pelham Manor High School in Sherburne, N.Y., and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving in the engine rooms of ships and performing triage on the wounded in the Battle of Normandy and at other significant battle sites. Dudley received an honorable discharge from the Navy after World War II in 1946.
After graduating from Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C., in 1947, Dudley attended the State University of New York Maritime College from 1949 to 1950. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1953. After graduating from MIT, Dudley joined Sperry Gyroscope in Pittsfield, Mass., where he received his first patent, for a design in aircraft navigating radar.
The majority of Dudley’s career was spent at General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he retired after 40 years. As a principal engineer at GE, he worked on the design of jet engines, obtaining 44 patents related primarily to exhaust engines. He was appointed to GE’s Design Board, and among his other accomplishments in the world of aircraft engines, he contributed to the success of GEI, US/FRG and F101 engine programs.
Dudley was a night owl. According to him, “Late at night, I did my best work. Often, thoughts seem to come into focus, and I begin to sketch out a problem we have been mulling over at work. I look at it from every angle, and what seems at first to be wild and unlikely turns out to be the right answer.”
Dudley married his first wife, Gertrude “Trudy” Skwierawsky, in 1952; she preceded him in death in 1988. Dudley married his second wife, Vera Ramstetter, in 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They retired to Florida in 2007.
In his spare time, Dudley enjoyed bicycling, swimming, skiing and ballroom dancing. He believed in the value and trust of people, admired hard workers and never hesitated to recognize their significance and the support they offered to the betterment of society.
Dudley is survived by his wife, Vera, and his children, Charles Grover (Martha) Nash of Loveland, Ohio, Elizabeth Martha Nash (Robert) Knox of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Patricia Marie Nash (Steven) Greenberg of New York and Janet Louise (Kevin) Sing of New York; as well as grandchildren Mabel Nash Greenberg and Violet Nash Greenberg, both of New York, and Paige, Leslie and David Nash, all of Loveland, Ohio.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Epiphany Cathedral, in Venice, Fla., at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26, followed by entombment at Venice Memorial Gardens. To send condolences to the family, visit: FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Contributions: Memorial donations may be made to American Legion, 1770 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34292; VFW, 832 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34292; or Epiphany Cathedral, 350 W. Tampa Ave., Venice FL 34285.