Calvin Virgil Dresser 1925 - 2012
Calvin Virgil Dresser was born in Piper, KS on March 14, 1925 to James and Grace Dresser who raised him in Lawrence, and he married Evelyn Cooper. While in the Navy during WWII he earned mechanical and aeronautical engineering degrees from Rice and Kansas Universities. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi. He and Evelyn moved to St. Louis in 1947, where he began his 40-year career with McDonnell Aircraft Company during which he was a design team member on the F-101, F-4, and F-18 among other aircraft. In 1955 he settled in Chesterfield. He and Evelyn were early members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd where he sang in the choir for almost 20 years. In the 1960’s he was an actively involved citizen in the St. Louis County Planning Commission. In 1987 he and Evelyn moved to Warminster, PA where he worked for the Naval Air Warfare Development Center until the summer of 1994. They retired to their home in Chesterfield where Evelyn still resides. He enjoyed tinkering with anything old and mechanical in need of repair, acquiring large and small train sets, reading about history and technology, buying and storing used books, and, at one time, accumulating a collection of just about every PC and many peripherals manufactured from 1975 to 2000. Calvin died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday morning Feb. 7th at the age of 86 from lung cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Evelyn, and three sons – Robert (Marcy) of McLean, Virginia; James of Chesterfield; William (Bonita) of Chesterfield; a sister, Mary Burchill, of Lawrence; and three grandchildren: Heather, Douglass, and Travis. He was preceded in death by his brother James.
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