Marvin B. Happ

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Marvin B. Happ, 83 years of age, passed away surrounded by his loving family at his home Thursday, April 24, 2014. Marvin was born in Albany, N.Y., and was the son of the late Frank and Violet (Kreuzer) Happ. He was educated in New York public schools graduating from Rensselaer High School. He then went on and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering degree, and then he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Metallurgy. Marvin was elected to Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi Honorary Societies for academic achievements. He served as an Army Captain in the Korean conflict where he received the Commendation Medal. Marvin was a life member of the American Welding Society and ASM International. He was a former member of the American Powder Metallurgy Institute. He was a registered professional engineer. During his professional career, Marvin held various positions with several Boston area companies including Walworth, Raytheon, Texas Instruments and finally General Electric Aircraft Engines where he worked for 29 years before his retirement in 1998. His early work was devoted mainly to process engineering in the specialized fields of foundry, electronic materials and clad metals. Later, at GE, he was engaged in the study of forging technology and powder metallurgy techniques for super alloys. He was part of a team that initiated perfected manufacturing methods that led to the introduction of high temperature powder metal turbine components in jet engines for military applications and later for commercial use. He became a specialist in the mechanical surface treatment of metals and was instrumental in developing processes that enhanced the surface life of engine components. He was certified ISO auditor for special manufacturing processes. Marvin was awarded five patents and was the author of several international engineering and scientific publications. Marvin was successful in having the Lynn site of GE aircraft engines, where the first jet engine was built in America and the Saugus ironworks named as historical landmarks by ASM International. Marvin coached basketball and softball in the Hingham Girls Athletic League and Baseball in the Hingham Farm League. He attended Hingham Congregational Church. During his retirement years he enjoyed traveling, gardening, and devoting time to family. Marvin is survived by his wife, Roberta (Nelson) Happ, to whom he had been married to for 53 years. He was the loving and devoted father of Lauren Happ married to John Costigan of Hanover, Wendi Happ married to Tara Hancock of Rockland, and Glenn Nelson Happ of Hanover. He was also the loving and devoted grandfather of Elsa L. Hancock-Happ and Elin J. Hancock-Happ both of Rockland. At Marvins request, services were private. Memorial donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140.

Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 30, 2014
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