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Make way! Make Way!

Marking the passing of someone who has literally touched us all, in a tangential, ghostly way.
John –
 
Pass a note to Fiddler’s Green – heave to, sailor inbound. Gloria’s dad, Lowell S. (Mike) Michels passed this morning, finally free from that cursed diseasLowell S. Michels e, Alzheimer’s. He was a wonderful man and made a real contribution to society. He joined the Navy just before the end of WWII and was one of the early discharges that came at the end of the war – serving just under two years. Dad worked on the Liberty Ships in the port of Portland (OR) until he was old enough to enlist. Joined the Navy 5 weeks before his 18th birthday and one week after graduation from high school. The GI Bill financed his education and changed his life. As a physicist, he was one of the computer industry’s early pioneers ( no computer science majors back then). One of his early works is actually in the Smithsonian. He was part of the team that developed the magnetic strip on credit cards – no patent – company owned. Sure would like to have a penny for every time a credit card is used. He’s joining his wife, who passed nine years ago, but leaves his brother, two sons, Gloria, and three grandkids. Just one more tear in that ever-dwindling weave.

Kyrie Eleison. ML
There is so much left unsaid, that is not for me to say.  

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam of Lowell "Mike" Michels, sailor, scientist, inventor, husband, father, friend.  Just an everyday hero. And there is much honor in that.

4 Comments

My sincerest condolences to you and to your family, Gloria.  Sounds like a life well-lived.
 
He'll find good companions at FG.

Requiescat.
 
A fellow physicist.  My father will greatly enjoy asking him questions, especially about magnetism.  My condolences.
 
One of the greatest generation...another one gone, danggit.

He is in a better place, whole again, and feels no pain.

Condolences.