The Obit For Joe Alekshun

Joseph 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 from UCLA.

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.