Stanley D. Zemansky (Stan) died on March 1, 2013 at the age of 98. He is survived by his children, Les of Magalia, Gil of Taupo (New Zealand), and Sondra of Eugene (Oregon) and four grandchildren. His beloved wife, Anne, predeceased him in 1993. Stan graduated from MIT in 1937 with a degree in aeronauatical engineering. He then worked for North American Aviation in Los Angeles helping to design the B-25 Mitchell and the P-51 Mustang, but that work was interrupted when he volunteered for the Navy during WWII
. While his wife (also an MIT graduate) raised their two sons and worked as a draftsperson for Douglas Aviation during the war, Stan served overseas in a PBY-5A Black Cat Squadron in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he returned to North American Aviationand retired from there as a purchasing agent after 25 years. Subsequently, he worked for Martin Marietta Aviation and finally as the purchasing agent for the City of Baltimore. During this time, he was also President of the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP). He won many distinctions in his field and published numerous professional papers. He also established a scholarship program for the NIGP. After retirement to Paradise in 1983, he was elected to the Paradise Irrigation District Board and served as a mediator in the Butte County Superior Courts for 12 years. He had been a Master Mason since 1949.