Noted Scientist Passes Away
Obituary for Dr. Paul Dergarabedian – 1922 – 2007
Dergarabedian, Dr. Paul, 85, of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA passed away November 17, 2007 surrounded by loving family. Born in Racine, WI, he is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; children Celeste Dwight, Claudia Moon deceased, Clarice Bowler and Paul Jr.; his sister Sylvia Morrison; 8 grandchildren: George French, William Prince, Christian Lowery, Adria Shackelford, Johnathan Bowler, Lawrence Shackelford, Michelle Lambert, Tiffany Bowler; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Dergarabedian earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics & Mechanics and an M.S. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. He also earned a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering & Physics at Caltech. He was the Director of Systems Research at TRW for 25 years and then a Systems Analyst for The Aerospace Corp. Paul was also a Visiting Professor of Aeronautics at Caltech. He served as President of American Astronautical Society 1969 – 1971 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Paul was a noted scientist and had a significant role in the development of America’s space program and the race to the moon. He had numerous publications in meteorology, energy systems and space technology. In his latter years, Paul was a sought after consultant and analyst and continued work in applied research. He will be greatly missed.