Marvin was born on March 5, 1923, in Saint Louis, MO, to Louis I. Pastel and Mathilda (Wiener) Pastel. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family on December 6, 2013, in Atlanta GA. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jane (Marshall) Pastel, and three children Robert Louis Pastel, Marvin Paul Pastel II, Debbra Norada (Pastel) Tullah and three grandchildren: Justin and Henry Pastel and Alexandra Pastel Tullah. An Eagle Scout and graduate of Principia College, Marvin went on to earn a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Washington University, and then became the first student to graduate with a PhD from the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Electrical Engineering. Afterwards, he served as a professor at the Naval Post Graduate School where he taught Edwin ("Buzz") Aldrin, Jr. Throughout his career, Dr. Pastel held senior design posts for North America Aviation and Northrup Corp., where he worked on the X15 and the Apollo and Gemini missions. He also taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served for more than 20 years as the Chief Scientist for the Army, Division of the Training and Document Command, based in Hampton, VA, where he received an official commendation for meritorious performance. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Following his retirement, Marvin remained an active member of the Masonic Lodge #306 in Hampton, VA. He also enjoyed traveling the world with his wife and spending time with this children and grandchildren. He and his wife relocated from Hampton to Atlanta, GA, earlier this year to be closer to family. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his beloved family. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation & Funeral Society, Alpharetta (678) 735-5500.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 13, 2013