STORER, James Edward Age 88, passed away Monday August 29th, 2016 at the Brookhaven retirement community in Lexington Massachusetts. Jim was born in 1927 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Nora Meyer and James Storer and lived in Lexington with his wife Viola (Vicky) for more than 60 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Viola Storer and their three children; Jim Storer and his wife Sandy of Lincoln, MA; Ann Storer of Winchester, MA and Mark Storer and his wife Toni of Encinitas, CA plus seven grandchildren -- Alex, Timothy, and Dara Storer; Catherine, Julia and James Mulhern and Alex Storer respectively.
Jim received his A.B. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 1947 followed by a Gordon MaKay scholarship to Harvard University where he received Master and Doctorate degrees in 1951. In 1949 Jim was awarded an Atomic Energy pre-doctoral fellowship for laboratory experimentation in thin-wire antennas at Harvard University and appointed a University research fellow. Jim became an Assistant Professor in Applied Science in 1952 teaching courses in network analysis, network synthesis, microwave circuits, scattering, and graduate mathematics through 1957. While at Harvard, Jim became a Sigma XI honorary scientific fraternity member and served as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps, receiving his honorable discharge in 1962. His achievements included receipt of the John Guggenheim fellowship for the analysis and synthesis of microwave filters in 1955 and publication of his book on Passive Network Synthesis in 1957.
After completing studies at Harvard, Jim joined Sylvania Electric Systems in 1957 as a senior scientist for their Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) with a focus on advanced military communications and radar systems. This included high frequency antennas for the Minuteman nuclear ballistic missile Command and Control network, world wide FLR-9 direction finding antenna network and special purpose intelligence reconnaissance systems as well as conducting fundamental research in novel signal analysis and data processing digital coding techniques.
While at Sylvania ARL, Jim earned his Professional Engineering license in 1961, became an IEEE Fellow in 1967, and served on the IEEE Board of Directors in 1970 and 1971. In 1969 he became a member of the Defense Science Board Anti-Submarine Warfare Task Force and The President's Scientific Advisory Committee Naval Warfare Panel.
Jim left as Director of Sylvania ARL in 1969 and formed Symbionics Consultants, Inc in 1970 with several close colleagues. While serving as President for Symbionics, Jim helped to start and gain board positions for several high technology companies at the time including CSPI high speed digital signal array processors, MEGAPULSE Inc. high power solid state navigation transmitters and MUTRON Inc. custom circuit hardware assemblies as well as co-develop KARTRAK, the standard system of American Association of Railroads used in the identification and control of railroad cars.
Jim settled back into a position of Chief Scientist and Board Member at CSPI to include development of the first 64-bit floating point "MAP 6400" array processor before retiring in 1997. Retirement provided Jim the chance to continue his more than 50-year passion of collecting handcrafted, pre-1930 toy trains (which had included a position as president of the Train Collectors Association (TCA) in 1967). Jim was an avid stamp and beach shells collector and had a love for backyard gardening, particularly growing cherry tomatoes. Most of all, he enjoyed spending quality time mentoring his three children and seven grandchildren trying to make sure, above all, that they should "not let studying interfere with their education."
All are welcome to attend this Saturday September 3rd, 2016 a 10:30 am funeral service at the Church of Our Redeemer (6 Meriam St., Lexington MA) followed by a 12:30 pm reception at the Brookhaven at Lexington auditorium (1010 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA). Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell), Animal Rescue League, the Church of Our Redeemer and Cornell (University) Plantations.
Douglass Funeral Home
Lexington 781-862-1800www.douglassfh.comView the online memorial for JAMES EDWARD STORER
Published by Boston Globe from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1, 2016.