Albert M. Koller, Sr.
Albert M. Koller, Sr., 92, of Titusville, Florida, died on Feb. 21, 2014 at his home. He is survived by his sons (Albert Jr, Kenneth, Steven, and Robert) and more than 30 of his grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
Born in Baltimore, MD on August 2, 1921 to Luther and Agnes (Kilduff) Koller, Al and his wife Helen (Bell) moved to Titusville in 1958 to continue work he began in 1940 with the Glenn L. Martin Company, Baltimore, Maryland. He was a proud graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and served in the Coast Guard and Navy in Baltimore during WWII.
His career at the Martin Company included work on the Matador, Mace, and Viking missiles; the B57B jet aircraft at Shephard AFB, TX; and the Titan 1 missile in Denver, CO. In 1958, he brought his family to Titusville to work on the Titan, Vanguard, and Pershing programs; the Gemini and lifting body programs; and Pershing, Sprint, and Walleye missile programs in Orlando.
In 1973, he built and copyrighted the Space Center Electronic Map displayed in the Searstown Mall by the U. S. Space Walk of Fame museum. His map remains with the museum as they seek an appropriate display site.
In 1974, Al joined Fairchild Republic in Hagerstown, MD, returning to the Cape in 1976 to work for PRC on the Space Shuttle guidance systems and with USBI for the Solid Rocket Booster thermal protection system.
He retired on August 1, 1986 and served as an Air Force Museum volunteer from 1996 to 2011, when he received their Lifetime Achievement Award for his service as a docent there. He was a 32nd degree Mason and also served on the Board of the Meadows South Homeowners Association.
Al was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents, and his siblings. He was among the last of "The Greatest Generation" and will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of Al's life will be held at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 414 Pine Street in Titusville at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.
North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville is in charge of arrangements, and you may sign in and leave a message at www.northbrevardfuneralhome.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Feb. 23, 2014