OBIT JeroldGard

October 25, 1933 - December 26, 2017

Jerold Gard, 84, died Tuesday December 26, 2017 at home in Los Altos surrounded by the love of his family.

Jerry was born in Portland to Jesse and Margaret Gard. He was very proud that his ancestors were early settlers of Oregon, coming across the plains in covered wagons on the Oregon Trail. After growing up and going to Jefferson High School in Portland, he went to Stanford University.

At Stanford, Jerry studied Electrical Engineering, enjoyed being a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and met his wife. Following graduation, he and Liz married in 1955, and were happily married for 62 years.

With his BSEE degree, he started a career that spanned 36 years with Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics. As Vice President and Chief Scientist of Advanced Systems and Advanced Technology, he was directly involved in designing state-of-the-art cockpit display technology for military aircraft. He was instrumental in every display design at Kaiser since 1955, spanning dozens of tactical aircraft in the United States and international air forces, including the NASA Space Shuttle. His Multifunction and Head-Up displays have enhanced the ability of thousands of pilots to complete their missions safely and successfully.

After retiring from Kaiser in 1991, he pursued his many interests: he often returned to Oregon to see family, old friends and enjoy fly-fishing; he tended his beautiful garden, growing Camellias, Roses, and other favorite plants; he enjoyed his collections of Shelley china, glass insulators, plein air art, and glass paperweights. He traveled extensively with his wife, exploring more than 100 countries from Antarctica to Timbuktu.

He had a happy and fulfilling life. He is survived by his loving wife Liz, three children, Linda Stall (David), Jim Gard, Karen Roney (James); Grandchildren Megan, Jimmy, Elizabeth, and Katie; Great-grandchildren Astrid, Willa, and Maeve; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother.

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