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Dr. Harry Winston Mergler

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Dr. Harry Winston Mergler

WESTLAKE: Dr. Harry Winston Mergler, age 93, died at his home in Westlake, Ohio on September 15, 2017. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio and son of teachers Harry Franklin Mergler and Letitia Walburn Mergler, he graduated from West Technical High School in Cleveland in 1942. He received a full scholarship to M.I.T, where he enlisted in the Army Air Force Reserve. There, he flew with the 75th Division, ending the war on a research team at the Frankford Arsenal.

After the war, Dr. Mergler finished his degrees at Case Institute of Technology and then worked as a researcher at NACA, designing its first large scale analog computer facility. There, he also made the first documented coupling of a remote machine tool to a computer, completing his Ph.D. 1956. He then joined the engineering faculty at Case where he established the Digital Systems Laboratory and was later awarded Case's Gold Medal. As the Leonard Case Professor of Engineering, he advised 141 M.S. and 52 Ph.D. students and retired in 1989.

Dr. Mergler founded the Digital-General Corporation, was a consultant to government and industry, a registered professional engineer, and naval architect. He held 24 domestic and international patents.

Dr. Mergler was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and was elected a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), receiving its Lamme Medal, Centennial Medal and Third Millennium Medal. In 2006, IEEE also awarded him the international rank of Eminent Member "whose engineering career resulted in significant benefits to humankind."

Dr. Mergler's wife of 48 years, Irmgard (née Steudel), died in 1994. He is survived by his children: Myra A. L. Niemeier (Paul) of Reston, VA; Marcia M. Davis (Clark) of Stamford, CT; Harry F. Mergler of Rochester, NY; and grandchildren: Katherine E. Davis, Andrew W. Davis and Nils P. Niemeier.

Memorial Service: Bethany English Lutheran Church, 15460 Triskett Rd., Cleveland, OH: 11 AM, October 14, 2017. Reception: 10 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Claire Ave., Cleveland OH, 44110 or Bethany English Lutheran Church, 15460 Triskett Road, Cleveland, OH 44111.
Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Oct. 8, 2017
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