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Gordon Angus MACLEOD

July 26, 1932 ~ November 5, 2018 (age 86)
Gordon Angus MacLeod, of San Jose, California, passed away on November 5, 2018. After graduation from Rutgers University, Gordon joined the Army Signal Corps Laboratory supporting work on a nuclear detonation locating system and later on the development of first-generation communication satellites. In 1963, with the formation of NASA, he transferred to NASA Ames in California and served as lead systems engineer for Biosatellite, a program for orbiting and recovering biological specimens. He served as Assistant Launch Director and Spacecraft Controller during the mission. In 1968 he moved his family to the Philadelphia area where he worked for the Reentry System Division of General Electric. He served as manager of system engineers assigned to the Division’s various classified military programs. The family returned to California in 1977, where Gordon worked with General Electric to organize and direct a group of scientists and engineers responsible for assisting NASA Ames on the coordination of non-human biological experiments for flight on the Space Shuttle. Gordon joined Ford Aerospace in 1984 as manager of systems engineering for the development of advanced Communication and Control systems for military deployment. Gordon retired in 1995 and continued to spend his time raising fruit trees and native plants. He enjoyed traveling, collecting and drinking single malt scotch whisky. and generally goofing off in the hills of Silicon Valley. He is survived by his loving family: wife of 58 years, Betty Jane Burdge MacLeod, children Laurie, Glenn, Karen and Bruce MacLeod, and two grandchildren Matthew and Elizabeth Lloyd-Wilson.
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