Camano Island - Dr Carl J Lenander III, from Camano Isle, Washington departed this life on Saturday February 8, 2020. Dr Lenander was born on November 26, 1936 to Carl J Lenander Jr and Ester Nancy Stafford of Minneapolis Minnesota.
His wife of twenty-five years, Charlotte Lenander and two daughters from a previous marriage preceded him in death. Lori and Kari Lenander.
Carl graduated from Minnetonka high school in 1954 and continued his higher education at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. After graduation he continued a postgraduate program obtaining a PHD in Physics in 1959.
As a side note, while attending UCLA, Carl had the unique distinction of becoming the first student to have computer-programming language accepted as a required second language.
Upon graduation, Carl accepted a managerial position at the renowned Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California where he spent his entire career.
During Dr Lenander's illustrious career he worked on many projects in the defense industry. Pioneering computer programming and satellite imagery for the defense of our country. Earning him many accolades from Generals and high placed individuals in the federal government.
Dr Lenander authored many papers during his career. One noteworthy achievement was a milestone in 1968. Under the auspices of the Aerodynamics and Propulsion Research Laboratory, He authored a technical paper for the Air Force Space and Missile Division. The study was titled "Predictions of Microwave Breakdown in Air from Kinetic Theory Calculations".
During High School Carl participated in football, a sport he carried with him in to his thirties by playing pick-up games on the beaches of Santa Monica.
Carl was an avid reader and known for his quick wit and intellectual debates with friends and family.
A memory that Carl fondly remembered and shared with close friends was the true fact that in 1926, his father, Carl J Lenander Jr. Shot the heaviest white tail Buck ever recorded in the world. While this world record stood for Fifty years, a larger white tail was reported in Ontario, Canada. This record still stands in the United States as the largest white tail ever taken.
After Carl Retired, with his wife Charlotte he spent over six months of the year at their Island on Rainy Lake in Ontario Canada. The island brought much joy to Carl and Charlotte.
His life will be cherished by the lives of his son, Carl J Lenander IV and Daughter in law Rachel, Anacortes Washington, Four devoted granddaughters, Virginia, Louisa, Haley and Hannah. Sister Leslie Rosenblum, Florida. Stepdaughter Debora Sigler, Hemet California. Former Wife, Joyce Fadden of Plymouth Minnesota. And a Brother John Lenander.
A private ceremony will take place July 12, 2012. 10:00 in Bancroft Iowa.
Published by Stanwood Camano News from Jul. 13 to Jul. 14, 2021.