J. Alekshun Jr.
Published in Worcester
Telegram & Gazette from July 13 to July 14, 2012
REDONDO BEACH, CA-
Joseph J. Alekshun, Jr. J.D., 78, of Redondo Beach, California, passed
away Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Harbor City, Los Angeles, CA.
Joseph was born in Worcester, MA on Feb. 6, 1934, son of the late Joseph
J. and Mary (Waskelewicz) Alekshun. He served his country proudly as a
member of the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and attended
the US Army Signal Corps Officer School at Fort Monmouth.
He graduated from Commerce High School in Worcester, MA and earned a Bachelor
of Science in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
an engineer's degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science in aeronautics
and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Juris
Doctor from Boston College Law School, and a Master of Science in Engineering
Early in his career, he covered the electronics, inertial navigation systems,
and components for Air Force and Navy programs and for NASA's Project
Apollo, Later, Joseph engaged in the design, test, and computer analysis
of the electronics for a component of the Navy F18 Hornet aircraft. He
co-authored "Orbital Mechanics (3rd Edition) and Spacecraft Attitude
Dynamics and Control" with Vladimir Chobotov.
He was an exceptional athlete having won letters in both baseball and
football at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was inducted into the
college's Athletic Hall of Fame. Later, Joseph played baseball with the
Augusta Millionaires in the Downeast League in Maine and then professionally
for the Cleveland Indian's North Platte organization in the Nebraska State
League. During his time in Nebraska, he played with future major league
players Jim Perry (Indians and Twins) and Bobby Allen (Rangers).
He is survived by his niece, Bonnie A. Mousseau and nephews, Michael N.
Aleksun, Ph.D., Steven D. Alekshun, and Todd J. Alekshun, M.D.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert P. Alekshun,, James B. Alekshun
and his nephew Gary Alekshun.
Burial was held at the Notre Dame Cemetery, in Worcester, MA. There were
no calling hours. Chase Parkway Memorial / The Albini Family Funeral Home,
430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT is in charge of arrangements.