Paul L. Brink
91, died Dec. 6, 2013, after a brief illness in Sun City West, Ariz. He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Cincinnati, the son of William Brink and Emma Schell.
Brink was the youngest of three children. His brother, William, was Managing Editor at The New York Daily News, and his sister, Marjorie, was a nurse.
Brink was a member of the first graduating class of the Aeronautical Engineering class at Purdue University in 1943, and served in the Navy for two years thereafter. His last assignment involved experimental work at China Lake in California.
After his service, he embarked on a very distinguished 31-year career at the Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis, where he worked his way up to Director of Applied Research. Brink held several patents and invented a guidance system that influenced those on cruise missiles, which were used extensively in Operation Desert Storm.
He later worked as an instructor and part time grant writer at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Engineering. He also volunteered as a set designer at the Christian Theological Seminary Theatre where he developed a passion for woodworking.
Brink married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane Bruno, in 1945 and often jokingly credited "separate bathrooms" as the key to a long and loving marriage. They were active members of St. Joan of Arc and St Monica Catholic Churches. Later he and his bride retired to Sun City West Arizona, where both were active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Brink was a rare talent, equally analytical and creative. He was always reading, always working on crossword puzzles. He studied the history of music and the history of the universe.
Brink was quiet but funny, a devoted family man and a man of deep faith. His dying words to his family were, "Live your lives. Make them count."
He is survived by his wife and five children: Paul and Amanda Brink of Michigan; Beth and Joe Davila of Indiana; Cathy and Alvin Richert of Colorado; Nancy and Carl Reiber of Maryland; and Jim and Holly Brink of Massachusetts; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. June 19, 2014 at St. Monica Catholic Church , 6131 N. Michigan Road in Indianapolis, with a reception starting at 9:00 AM at the Church. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 9700 Allisonville Road in Indianapolis.
Memorial donations can be made to the Warm Hearts Foundation, P.O. Box 888634, Grand Rapids, MI 49588.