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Dudley Owen Nash, 89, of Sarasota, Florida, died peacefully on December 17 at the Windsor of Venice after a long, debilitating illness.
Dudley was born September 10, 1924, in Sherburne, New York, to Gladys (Grover) Nash and Dudley Owen Nash, Sr.
He graduated from Pelham Manor High School in Sherburne, New York, and joined the US Navy in 1942, serving in the engine rooms of ships and performing triage on the wounded in the Battle of Normandy and at other significant battle sites. Dudley received an honorable discharge from the Navy after WW II in 1946.
After graduating from Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C., in 1947, Dudley attended the State University of New York Maritime College from 1949-1950. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1953. After graduating from MIT, Dudley joined Sperry Gyroscope in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he received his first patent for a design in aircraft navigating radar.
The majority of Dudley's career was spent at General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio from which he retired after 40 years. As a Principal Engineer at GE, he worked on the design of jet engines, obtaining 44 patents related primarily to exhaust engines. He was appointed to GE's Design Board; and among his other accomplishments in the world of aircraft engines, he contributed to the success of GEI, US/FRG and F101 engine programs.
Dudley was a night owl. According to him, "Late at night, I did my best work. Often, thoughts seem to come into focus, and I begin to sketch out a problem we have been mulling over at work. I look at it from every angle, and what seems at first to be wild and unlikely turns out to be the right answer."
Dudley married his first wife, Gertrude "Trudi" Skwierawski, in 1952; she preceded him in death in 1988.
Dudley married his second wife, Vera Ramstetter in 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They retired to Florida in 2007.
In his spare time, Dudley enjoyed bicycling, swimming, skiing, and ballroom dancing.
He believed in the value and trust of people, admired hard workers, and never hesitated to recognize their significance and the support they offered to the betterment of society.
Dudley is survived by his wife Vera and his children: Charles Grover (Martha) Nash of Loveland, Ohio; Elizabeth Martha Nash (Robert) Knox of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; Patricia Marie Nash (Steven) Greenberg of New York; and Janet Louise (Kevin) Sing of New York; as well as grandchildren Mabel Nash Greenberg, and Violet Nash Greenberg, both of New York; and Paige, Leslie and David Nash, all of Loveland, Ohio.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Epiphany Cathedral, in Venice at 1 PM, December 26 followed by entombment at Venice Memorial Gardens.
Memorial Donations may be made to the American Legion, 1770 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292 or VFW, 832 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292 or to Epiphany Cathedral, 350 Tampa Avenue West, Venice, FL 34285.
To send condolences to the family, visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Dec. 22, 2013