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Garritt Van Dyk Jr.

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DORSET -- Garritt C. Van Dyk Jr., son of the late Mary Ference Van Dyk and Garritt C. Van Dyk Sr., died June 11, 2005, at his home in Dorset.

He was born in Passaic, N.J. where he spent his childhood. After nine years of service in the Air National Guard and his marriage to his wife C. Elizabeth, they moved to Connecticut until his retirement in Dorset.

Garritt held two degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, a BSME and MSME, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Most of his engineering career was spent in aerospace in a rocket science position at Thiokol Chemical Corporation. His final project was the design of the control and display panel of the lunar landing module.

Following his achievements in aerospace, Garritt turned his talents to designing acoustic shielding for diverse applications, including the testing of jet engines, secure communications facilities for embassies and the plasma door installed at Princeton’s Physics Laboratory.

During his retirement in Dorset, he has compiled a unique history of the first air force - Napoleon’s balloon corps - a work researched in France, England and the United States. He shared his avid interest in history by presenting papers before the Napoleonic Society of America with his research and painting of military figures.

Garritt is survived by his wife; his daughter Dr. Margaret Lindsay and her husband Theodore and twins Alice and James; and his son, Garritt C. Van Dyk III, his wife Dr. Jennifer Milam and their sons, Jakob and Nathaniel.

A memorial service for Mr. Van Dyk will be held Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m. at Zion Episcopal Church, where Garritt was a member of the congregation, in Manchester. Interment will follow in the Zion Episcopal Church Columbarium in the church garden. There are no visiting hours.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Garritt’s memory may be made to SUNY Down State Medical School or to the Columbia University Rowing Association, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service 34 Park Place, Manchester.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 13, 2005
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