GERALD POSAKONY

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GERALD POSAKONY Longtime Richland Scientist Gerald "Jerry" Posakony summited his last peak in the early morning on May 27th in Federal Way, WA. He had suffered a stroke and passed peacefully after the family had a chance to gather and say goodbye. He was 92. Born May 24, 1925 in Pocahontas, Iowa, Jerry served in the Navy on a submarine, the USS Roncador, during WWII. He went on to earn a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1949. He then traveled to Boulder, Colorado. It was there he met Jane and they married in 1961. Together they started their family and hiked and skiied many of the peaks in the area. While in Boulder in the early 50's, he began as the lead engineer in ultrasonic diagnostic imaging research. His pioneering contributions to the fields of ultrasonics, medical diagnostic ultrasound, and nondestructive evaluation technologies have been internationally recognized and applauded, forever changing the field through the development of transducer design. It was his scientific mind that led him to Battelle in 1973, with an official retirement in 1991. After retirement, he consulted throughout the world on Non-Destructive Testing and enjoyed using his laboratory privileges and consulting at Battelle until he officially turned in his badge in the fall of 2014. Through the years, Jerry loved the outdoors, whether he was in his garden, on a ski slope, backpacking, riding his bike, or just sitting on his deck warming in the sun. He and Jane enjoyed traveling, seeing all 50 states and 10 Canadian Provinces as well as touring Europe, the Baltic and all the way south to Peru and Chile. Together they were involved with Christ the King Parish in Richland, WA and he was a Knight of Columbus. He will be remembered for his amazing faith, his passion and commitment to learning and science, and his love of nature. He is survived by Jane, his wife of 56 years, his children Andrea Scott, Teresa Posakony, Julia Cox, and Jeff Posakony, their spouses, 9 grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 2nd at 3 p.m. at St Andrew Catholic Church at 1401 Valley Avenue, Sumner, WA 98390. His family is grateful for a long life, well-lived and well-loved.
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Sumner, WA 98390
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Published in Tri-City Herald on May 31, 2017