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Carl E. Faflick


1922 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Carl E. Faflick Obituary
Carl Edward Faflick, born March 10, 1922, oldest son of Carl O. and Loretta Faflick of Cleveland, Ohio, brother of Walter Faflick and the late Louis Faflick Eichwald, died in his sleep at age 96 on April 26, 2018. He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Simone Leboulanger Elmer Faflick, three children (Annick Mansfield, Philip Elmer and Simone Coble), seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren (with one more on the way). Highly intelligent with a dry wit, Carl won a science scholarship to Oberlin College, graduating in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, 1942-1946, and was stationed in Germany after the amistice. He entered Harvard University on the GI Bill and was awarded a Ph.D. in applied physics in 1954. At Sylvania Electronics Systems he invented the parasitic dipole slot antenna for use in high-speed aircraft (US Patent 2946055A). In 1962 was appointed director of advanced system planning at Sylvania (later absorbed by GTE). Carl had a long career as a vice president at GTE International and Megapulse, Inc., traveling widely in Europe, Africa, Russia and Asia, making friends all over the world. He and Simone lived for more than six decades among the architects, physicians and Nobel Prize winners on Moon Hill Road in Lexington, Mass. They summered at their second home on Vinalhaven Island, where they gardened, swam in abandonned granite quarries and sailed the rocky coast of Maine. A former Eagle Scout, Carl loved to take his family on long road trips, camping in the summer, skiing in the winter, fishing whenever he could. One of his prized possessions was the 54 1/2-pound striped bass he caught off Duxbury in 1966 with lightweight spinning gear and a 3-inch mackerel jig. He had the fish mounted, and it held pride of place in his study for 50 years. When he and Simone moved to a retirement home two years ago, the striped bass came with them. Carl was buried May 3 in a private ceremony. A memorial service is planned for later this summer.
Published in The Lexington Minuteman from May 5 to May 17, 2018
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