Fred Glassman, 90, longtime resident of New Orleans, died in his home Thursday, November 21, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and saw combat in China, Burma and India Theatres. Fred graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in electrical engineering. He designed and developed an electronic device for the Navy gun-firing system for all combat aircraft (prior to that they used a mechanical system that was unable to function when it became over-heated). He was the Project Engineer at RCA for the Ranger Satellite that took the first successful pictures of the moon. He was the Project Engineer for numerous Tiros weather satellite and spy satellites. He worked at Boeing and was involved with the programs with Armstrong landing on the moon. Upon retiring he became involved in selling insurance for business accounts. He was married to Rhoda Felberg for over 50 years until she died in 2001. Over the last few years, Fred enjoyed working as a volunteer at the World War II Museum. He is survived by his loving daughters, Gail Glassman and Rochelle Glassman Aronson, husband, Jon Aronson; granddaughter Katheryn Aronson Best, husband Mark Best, great grandchildren, Livy and Quinn Best and niece Sherry Glassman-Beebe. Graveside services will take place from Tikvat Shalom Cemetery (inside Jefferson Memorial Gardens), 11316 River Road, St. Rose, LA on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rabbi Ethan Linden officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the World War II Museum or Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimer.com. Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home of Metairie in charge of arrangements. Information, (504) 835-2341.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2013