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Russian Gift of Life USA Mourns the Death of Alexander Alexandrovich

Michael Yurieff  | Published on 9/5/2012

Alexander Alexandrovich served on the RGOL Board of Directors from its early days until his retirement from the Board in 2004. He was the first Board member to be awarded the title of Director Emeritus.


His obituary from Newsday is reposted here:


Grumman executive Alexander Alexandrovich,88, dies

September 4, 2012 by TOM INCANTALUPO /


Alexander D. Alexandrovich, an engineer and executive atGrumman during the glory days of the Apollo lunar lander and the E-2C and F-14 aircraftprograms, died Monday at age 88 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.


Alexandrovich, the son of Russian immigrants, was born andraised in lower Manhattan and joined Grumman in 1963 as assistant to the vicepresident for engineering.


He retired in 1989 as president of the Space SystemsDivision, where he sought to rebuild the corporation's presence in the spaceprogram, which had waned since the $1 billion Lunar Excursion Module program inthe 1960s and early 70s.


Colleague Richard Dunne, a longtime Grumman public relationsexecutive, remembered Alexandrovich as a quiet man who favored bow ties and wasdedicated to his work. Dunne said Grumman had as many as 25,000 Long Island employeesin Bethpage and other locations during Alexandrovich's time there. The company,now part of Northrop Grumman, has about 1,600 local workers now.


"He was an engineer's engineer," Dunne said. "Notgiven to flamboyancy, he was involved with whatever he was doing and completelydedicated to it."


Family members said that, mostly for recreation,Alexandrovich played the domra, a stringed instrument, in a six-piece bandcalled Balalaika Russe, with other men of Russian background. "They playedmany gigs and weddings and events through the years (even made a CD or two)from Washington, D.C., to Massachusetts," his stepson, Jon Diat ofManhattan, said in an email.


He said Alexandrovich died in the Westhampton Care Centerand had lived in Manorville for the past eight years.


Norman Lewin, another Grumman engineer who retired in 1990as senior vice president for technical operations, said most of Alexandrovich'swork involved navigation and communications systems, radars and otherelectronics for programs such as the F-14 Navy fighter and E-2C Navysurveillance plane.


Lewin, who now lives in Florida, said he worked forAlexandrovich in the 1970s. "He was a person you could respect, speak to,look up to," he said.


Alexandrovich held a bachelor's of engineering degree fromNorth Carolina State University and a master's of electrical engineering from UnionCollege in Schenectady.


He served in the Army infantry during World War II and wasto be buried Wednesday at Calverton National Cemetery. A service was scheduledfor Tuesday night at St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church in Shirley.


In addition to his stepson, survivors include his wife, Jeanne; his children, Marsha Alexandrovich of Fairfax, Va., Peter Alexandrovichof Rochester and Joanne King of Evansville, Ind; a stepdaughter, Valerie Kingof Holbrook; and two grandchildren. His first wife, Pauline, predeceased him.

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