Mr. Meyer was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to Rose and Alexander Meyer on October 13, 1921. He departed this earth on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 after experiencing a life composed of 5 individual careers. He spent the first 20 years of his life in Brooklyn. Lindberg's successful non-stop flight to Europe in 1927 set off a lifelong love affair with the airplane, particularly in the 1930s when the industry was composed of entrepreneurs. After Lindberg's success, Jerry would regularly ride his bicycle 7 miles along Brooklyn streets to Floyd Bennett Airfield to cajole Navy pilots and the ground crews for favors. In later years people accused him of teaching the Wright Brothers how to build an airplane and fly it. Jerry graduated from New York University in 1941 with the degree of Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. Although he had 2 years of ROTC training he could not be granted a commission in the Army at that time because he was only 20 years old when he graduated-the minimum age for a commission was 21. He worked on several military aircraft designs in the interim, until he could pick up his commission. With the exception of two years as an officer in the 185th Combat Engineers, 5th Army, and the Air Corps, in Italy, during World War ll, he spent the next 15 years on the design and testing of many military R & D projects such as the C-119, XC-120 and F-104 aircraft, warheads for the Nike and Bomarc anti-aircraft missiles, rocket sleds, flare ejectors and high rate-of-fire guns. He was Program Manager for the General Electric Company, in the late 1950s, on the research and development of reentry vehicles for our first long range ballistic missiles. In 1962 he was transferred to Daytona Beach to work on the Apollo Man-in-the-Moon Program. He received the Apolloneer award, in 1968, for sustained, outstanding performance. When the Apollo Program was successfully completed in 1971, Jerry decided to stay in Ormond Beach and incorporated M.J.M. Industries Inc. During its twenty-three years of existence M.J.M. developed the Fiesta Heights and Winding Woods subdivisions in Ormond Beach and built approximately 200 homes in the Halifax area. During the energy crunch in 1973 he designed and installed solar water heaters on the roofs of two homes, thus reducing the homeowners' electric bill considerably. This was 30 years before they became popular on the 2000s. Since his retirement in 1994 Jerry kept busy on the computer applying his technical background in charts and trends to the technical analysis of corporate stock movement. He was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland and a Certified Builder in the State of Florida and was President of the Men's Club of Temple Israel in 1967. He donated part of his aviation memorabilia to the Smithsonian Institution and part to Embry-Riddle University. Jerry was married to Franceska for 54 good years. She passed away in 1998. Until they moved to Ormond Beach in 1962, she could count on selling a home and moving to another city every 3-4 years. He always said he was especially blessed to have the love of two wonderful women, Franny, the mother of his children, and Jacqueline, his wife, friend and warden of his later years. Jackie was the classical Bubbe of Jewish lore and they had 127 beautiful months together. Jerry is survived by his three children Shelly Ferrone, Margey Meyer (Allan Korsakov)) and Michael Jay Meyer (Kimberly); two step-children, Corey Berman (Donna) and Davida Dore (Stephen); five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. In Mt. Sinai Cemetery Daytona Beach. Jerry requested that those wishing to make donations consider Temple Israel, 1400 S. Peninsula Drive, Daytona Beach, FL, or the Jerry Doliner Food Bank in care of Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, 470 Andalusia Ave, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Dec. 5, 2012