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Stanley L. Gendler

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October 10, 1921 - November 20, 2015 Stanley Lawrence Gendler of West Hollywood, CA, passed away on the evening of November 20, 2015 due to natural causes. He was ninety-four years old. Born in Albert Lea, MN on October 10, 1921, Stan demonstrated exceptional aptitude in science and mathematics from an early age. His efforts were diligently encouraged by parents Joe and Carrie Gendler. He attended the University of Minnesota and completed his education at the University of California at Los Angeles. He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Stan served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps and spent time working at the Pentagon. He made significant contributions and helped correct the engine design problems of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber, enabling crews in aircraft such as the Enola Gay to defend the nation. Together with his new wife June and baby daughter Holly, the family relocated to Santa Monica, CA, where he worked in the public interest at the "think tank" RAND Corporation. Then living in Pacific Palisades, CA, he would branch out in the mid-1950s to even more complex and differentiated subjects, helping to found Planning Research Corporation with other scientists and engineers: PRC provided advanced research and systems analysis services to industry and government. He later joined PFR Engineering where he continued as an executive up until his retirement: PFR produces advanced computer software to optimize the efficiency of petroleum refineries. Stan loved his work and refused to retire until his eighties. After losing June to cancer in the early 1990s, Stan once again found happiness in the company of Marti Koplin. Through their more than twenty years together they enjoyed travel, theatre, friends and Marti's passion, fine art. In recent years, Stan was assisted by a loving team of caregivers led by Estella Fortuna. Their attention and generosity of spirit were cherished and will be long remembered. Stan is survived by his older (!) brother Gus (Betty) Gendler, daughter Holly Welke, son Keith (Anita) Gendler, and grandsons Chris Welke and Daniel (Jennifer) Gendler. Services will be at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills on Wednesday morning November 25, 2015 at 11:30 am. Please consider a gift to the University of Minnesota Foundation (http://give.umn.edu/) in lieu of flowers.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 24, 2015
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