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Alexander Weir Jr.

December 19, 1922 - October 29, 2013 Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Rocket Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Inventor, Yachtsman, Scotsman, Raconteur died Tuesday last at age 90. From humble beginnings in Little Rock, Arkansas, he graduated from the University of Arkansas, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan, with bachelor's, master's and doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees in chemical engineering. He worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII, taught chemical engineering at the University of Michigan (as a half ass't prof, as he liked to say), engineered America's first ICBM (the Atlas missile), worked as an aerospace engineer for Ramo Woolridge (now TRW), Space Technologies Laboratories, and Northrup Corporation, then became an environmental engineer with Southern California Edison. He invented the Weir Scrubber, the first large scale effective sulphur removal air pollution control device. He was also an avid Yachtsman, owning in succession five sailboats, and was a lifelong member of Santa Monica Windjammer's Yacht Club. He designed the outer breakwater at Marina Del Rey, that solved its tidal "surge" problems in its early years. He founded the Old Boars Club at SMWYC and served as its chief cannoneer for many years. He was also a member of St. Andrews Society of Los Angeles County and attended many Scottish Games. He also hosted annual Ceiliidh on Tartan Day at his home in Playa del Rey. He is survived by three children, Alexander Weir III, Carol Jean Ashman, and Bruce Richard Weir, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., November 5, 2013 at El Segundo United Methodist Church, 540 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 3, 2013
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