East Lyme - Charles E. Aldrich Jr., of Niantic, died on June 25, 201 at his home.
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He was born on July 9, 1928, in East Haven, the son of Charles E. and Ruth (Page) Aldrich.
Mr. Aldrich attended the University of Connecticut and was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as a lieutenant with the Army National Guard. He retired as director of advanced systems technology at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division after a 40 year career. As director, he oversaw a number of major areas, including proposal development, Integrated Electric Weapons Systems, and the Newport Engineering Office. Prior to his appointment, he served as chief engineer in systems technology, overseeing design efforts involving a variety of electrical, navigational, and communication systems, including the Tomahawk Vertical Launch System. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a former commander of the National Guard Battery D that was stationed at Camp Niantic in the 1950s. He also enjoyed his membership in the Prop Busters Model Airplane Club.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Hillyer Aldrich; his daughter, Jane Aldrich Williams and her husband, Dr. Richard Williams, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; his son, Jeffery Aldrich and his wife, Patricia Aldrich, of Salem, and their children Megan and Ian Aldrich.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, in St. John's Episcopal Church, 400 Main St., Niantic. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. John's Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 810, Niantic CT 06357.
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Published in The Day on June 27, 2010