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Marshall William Novick

1933 - 2014

Marshall Novick passed away on November 24, 2014. Born in 1933 in Aurora, Illinois, Marshall was the son of Anna and Joseph Novick. He attended West Aurora High School where he was the school photographer and a member of the band.

He married Etta Rose of Ontario, Canada and relocated to New York City where he worked as a sales engineer for the Graham Machine Tool Co. Concurrently at night, he attended the Academy of Aeronautics (now Vaughan College of aeronautics) at LaGuardia Airport, earning a certificate in Aeronautical Engineering. Etta preceded Marshall in death in 1978. In 1980 Marshall married Alice Brooks. Alice also worked for TRW. She passed away in 2011.

He and Etta moved to Los Angeles in 1956 where Marshall was hired as a design engineer by North American Aviation. He remained there for seven years, working first on the F-100 fighter and then primarily on the SB-70A Valkerie supersonic bomber, responsible for the crew escape hatch development and test.

Marshall left NAA in 1963 and joined TRW Space Technology in Redondo Beach. During his 29 years at TRW, Mr. Novick held numerous positions in program, functional, study and proposal management capacities. Mr. Novick managed the Mechanical Systems Operations in TRW's Engineering and Test Division and led and served as senior member or leader of numerous design, test and launch readiness reviews and red teams.

He was program manager for NASA Marshal Space Flight Center's High Energy Astronomy Observatory (HEAO) Program; DOD's P74-1 Payload System Integration Program; and major restricted programs. In 1980 he received the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director's commendation for contributions to the HEAO Program. Marshall was Vice President and Program Manager for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Systems (TDRSS). In 1990 he received the NASA Public Service Medal, recognized his outstanding management of the TRW TDRSS team, resulting in the system's operational readiness. He was program manager for successful launches of seven satellites. Marshall retired from TRW (now Northrop Grumman) in 1992 as Vice President, Chief Engineer and Director of Quality for TRW's Space and Technology Group in Redondo Beach, California, one of the largest suppliers in the world of unmanned defense and scientific space systems.

After retirement, he began a 15-year second career as a management consultant to Southern California aerospace companies, mostly for Northrop Grumman.
Marshall was a graduate of UCLA (BSME) and the UCLA Executive Management Program. He was an Associate fellow of the American Institute of aeronautics and Astronautics. Non-work activities included operating a part-time business for 30 years selling and auctioning stamps to philatelists. His favorite activity was traveling, particularly sixty cruises and visiting over 125 different countries. Highlights included joining an African safari, walking the Great Wall of China and viewing the Taj Mahal.
Marshall resided in Palos Verdes since 1975. He is survived by two children, Judy Copple of Yerington, NV and Jeffrey Novick of Rancho Palos Verdes. He leaves four stepchildren and ten grand and great-grandchildren.

This obituary was written by Marshall a few years ago.

Services were held through Malinow and Silverman and Marshall has been interned at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 14, 2014
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