Friday, November 22, 2002
Robert Burton Mark Outstanding area engineer
Robert Burton Mark, 77, died Saturday, November 16, at his Carlisle home on Concord Street after a long illness of Lewy body disease. He was the husband of Theonie (Diakidis) Mark.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 28, 1925, he was the son of the late Harold W. and Dorothy Morgan (Smith) Mark. He attended Trenton public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1943 where he was a Westinghouse Science Talent Search winner. In 1946 he received a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, in 1954 he received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering and in 1960 a master's degree in Science and a master of science in Instrumentation, all from M.I.T.
During World War II and the Korean Conflict he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. From 1956 until his retirement in 1986, he worked in the Aerospace Division of RCA. Mark was the principal engineer in the system design of the Lunar Module Rendezvous Radar's stabilization system and was selected to be on site at NASA in Houston during lunar missions when his expertise was required. He was the system designer for the Hydrofoil Wave-Height Sensor, a critical component in the control of an experimental Navy hydrofoil craft and was the principal engineer for many classified projects.
From 1946 to 1954, Mark served as an engineer with the U.S. Navy and was involved in the development of prototype guided missiles. From 1954 to 1956, he was employed at the Servo-mechanism Laboratory at M.I.T. as a design engineer on transistor magnetic circuits for fire control computers.
A Carlisle resident since 1960, he enjoyed the outdoors, especially swimming and fishing. He was a longtime member of the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Morgan William Mark of Springfield, and Theodore J. Mark of Carlisle; two grandchildren, Sean Burton Floyd Mark and Maryum L. Floyd Mark, both of Springfield; two brothers, Richard Perry Mark of Montauk, New York, and John Harold Mark of Brooklyn, New York; and one nephew, John Mark of Montauk, New York. He was also the father of the late Burton Nicholas Mark, who died in 1982.
Services and interment in Green Cemetery were private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116.
Bob Rothenberg and his family, formerly of Carleton Road, on the death of his mother Sylvia Rothenberg, 86, of New York City. Readers may remember Bob's tribute to his mother that he wrote for "A Mother's Day Tribute to Mothers Past and Present" in the May 10, 2002 issue. Bob is currently the Forum editor for the Mosquito.
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