A.-Eckler-Obituary

A. Ross Eckler

Morristown, New Jersey

Aug 29, 1927 – Dec 9, 2016 (Age 89)

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Born
Monday, August 29th 1927
Died
Friday, December 9th 2016
School
Princeton University

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A. Ross Eckler, born in Boston, MA 8/29/27; d. 12/9/2016. Graduated in 1950 from Swarthmore College with high honors. He received his PhD in Mathematics in 1954 from Princeton University. He was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He married Faith L. Woodward in 1951. In 1970 he embarked on a second career as the editor and publisher of Word Ways, a small quarterly journal devoted to logology, a word coined by Dmitri Borgman to describe recreational wordplay and letterplay. During the next 40 years he became a world authority on this topic, creating a number of new ways to juggle words and letters into patterns. He wrote several books on the subject, including Making the Alphabet Dance, published by St. Martin's Press in 1996. Devoted to outdoor pastimes, he became interested in spelunking in 1950 and hiking in 1964. For many years he and his wife hiked in many of the major mountain chains in the US and also the British Isles, as well as NJ and NY. Among his volunteer activities was serving as Carillonneur for 30 years at St. Peter's Church in Morristown He is survived by his wife and three daughters: Margaret Malishchak of Madison, NJ, Lois Day of Sterling, VA and Susan Eckler-Kerns of West Milford, NJ and five grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Land Conservancy of New Jersey, 19 Boonton Avenue, Boonton, NJ. This online memorial has been created to commemorate the life of A. Ross Eckler. You are invited to add a Tribute in his memory. Please click "Sign Guestbook" below to add your own memories, reflections, thoughts or condolences.

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RIP A(lbert) Ross Eckler, Jr. You were an amazing and inspirational figure in the niche field of extreme longevity tracking and age validation, continuing in the same vein as historical age validation researchers such as William Thoms in the 1870s, Thomas Emley Young in the 1890s, Alexander Graham Bell in the 1910s (yes, THAT Alexander Graham Bell...better known for the phone...also did centenarian research), and Walter Bowerman in the 1950s. Your pioneering work for Guinness World Records,...

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