Maurice Stahler, GE scientist

Maurice R. Stahler Jr.
Maurice R. Stahler Jr.
Posted: May 21, 2014

Maurice R. Stahler Jr., 88, formerly of King of Prussia, a retired scientist and engineering manager, died Tuesday, May 6, of causes related to aging at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mr. Stahler was an Army veteran of World War II who was honorably discharged in July 1946, according to newspaper reports at the time.

Born and schooled in the Harrisburg area, he came to the Philadelphia area, where he joined the General Electric Astro Space Division in Valley Forge, now Lockheed Martin.

In the 1980s, Mr. Stahler ran the microelectronics department that developed internal computers for satellites used in communication and earth-imaging.

The satellites were commissioned by the U.S. government and National Weather Service, said Anthony Tlush, a former GE colleague. Cutting-edge then, the technology is in routine use now, Tlush said.

Mr. Stahler and his first wife, Doris Garver Stahler, raised three children in King of Prussia. She died in 1996.

Mr. Stahler married Sandra Davis, and the two moved to Fort Myers. He was a self-taught wood carver, and also enjoyed travel. "He could be a character. He was the love of my life," his wife said.

Tlush said Mr. Stahler will be remembered for his wide-ranging knowledge of science, his good nature, and lively sense of humor.

Besides his wife of 15 years, he is survived by daughters Carol and Deborah; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, and a sister. A son, John, died earlier.

Services are private. Mr. Stahler donated his body to science.

Donations may be made to Hope Hospice at 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, Fla. 33908.


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