Stanetsky Memorial Chapel

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Anatoliy Davidovich Daron

April 26, 1926June 24, 2020

Anatoliy Daron, a pioneer of rocket science and the Space Age, passed away on June 24th, 2020 at the age of 94.

Anatoliy was born in Odessa on April 26, 1926 to David and Donya Daron. He entered college at age 16, during World War II, with the dream to work on rocket engines to take humanity into space. On October 4th, 1957, “Sputnik 1”, the first man-made satellite in the history of mankind, was launched into orbit. The Vostok rocket that took the satellite into space was powered by RD-107 rocket engine of Anatoliy’s design. This engine design is scheduled to remain operational through 2026, coincidentally the centennial of Anatoliy’s birth year.

While fascinated with science and technology, Anatoliy loved his family even more. He is survived by his wife, Vera, who he met in 1951, married 3 months later and loved for 68 years. He also loved and was loved by his immediate family: Masha, Ned, Andrew, Yuliya and his great-grandsons, David and Benjamin, who all learned so much from him. In his spare time, Anatoliy enjoyed classical music and had multiple hobbies.

The funeral services will be private and may, unfortunately, be attended by invitation only, because of the pandemic restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Human Systems Laboratory Fund:

https://giving.mit.edu/man-vehicle-laboratory-fund-mvl To learn more about HSL: https://hsl.mit.edu/


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Katya and Sergey Nevar

June 27, 2020

We were fortunate to become a close relatives with the wonderful family of Anatoly Davidovich. Our children got married. From the very first day when we met Anatoly Davidovich, knowing his high achievements in the life, we always be amazed at how easy and warm it was communicating with him. He was a very special person with an encyclopedic knowledge in various fields of science and art, sharpness of mind, extraordinary sense of humor. His long life in love with Vera Yakovlevna was a great model for us. We learned a lot from them. Anatoly Davidovich was a significant part of our family and in our mind he will still with us forever.
Katya and Sergey