Tuck, Dennis Arnold Dennis Arnold Tuck, 85, passed away August 10th, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Born March 13, 1928 in Tampa, Florida, he was the son of the late Robert M. Tuck and Moselle Still Tuck. He graduated from Sebring High School in Sebring, Florida in 1945. Dennis fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a pilot when he joined the Navy in 1945 and was sent to the University of South Carolina. He later graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Dennis was recalled to duty in the Korean and Viet Nam Wars and earned the rank of Commander. He survived the crash of a Corsair off the USS Midway. After being released from active duty, he remained in the Navy Reserve. Dennis had a distinguished and award winning career as a test pilot and aerospace engineer. He was employed as a design engineer with Hughes Aircraft and Pan American Airways and then worked at the FAA as an engineering test pilot. Upon retiring from the FAA, he had a 15 year consulting career that resulted in engagements all over the world. During his career he flew over 150 different models of airplanes and helicopters, which included service as the U. S. Test pilot for the Concorde SST. He was given the high honor of being selected as a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in 2005. In retirement, he volunteered as a tutor, an elder in his church, and as a docent for the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. Dennis authored a biography titled From the Piper Cub to the Concorde SST: A Life and Love of Flying. Dennis was buried at a private family ceremony. Dennis is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jo Tuck; his children: Mark Tuck, Richard Tuck, Nancy Tuck Covin, Terri Tuck and Casey Tuck; step-children Delaney Murchison Bellinger and Ken Murchison; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert M. Tuck and David B. Tuck, and son Timothy Tuck. He will be greatly missed for all his kindness and generosity. The family thanks the Texas Visiting Nurses Association, the Traymore Nursing Home, Reachout Homecare and Willie Wolford for their excellent care of Dennis. Memorials may be made to the North Texas Food Bank at web.ntfb.org or to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75209.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 19, 2013