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OBITUARY

Algird "Al" John Moceyunas

September 17, 1932June 21, 2020

Algird John Moceyunas, 87 of St. Simons Island, GA passed away peacefully Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Al, as he was known, was born September 17, 1932, in Scranton, PA and grew up in Pittston, PA. He graduated with First Honors from Pittston City Senior High School June 16, 1950, receiving the Pittston High Alumni Club award for the highest mathematics average. Al attended The University of Scranton on a scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from The University of Detroit, in 1955. In 1957, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology.

In 1957, Al began his career with General Electric in Syracuse, NY, where he worked as an Engineer for 13 years. Al then went to work for Syracuse University Research Corporation (SURC) which later became Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) from which he retired in 1997 as Senior Research Engineer after a long and distinguished career as a pioneer in radar and radar imaging.

In 1959, Al married the love of his life, Sheila Halpin, a marriage lasting over 61 years. They lived and raised their four children in Fayetteville, NY living there from 1964 to 1997. Al and Sheila moved to St. Simons Island, GA in 1997. Their retirement years revolved around the annual two-week summer family "Beach" vacation, where they joyfully celebrated together with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Al was predeceased by his father Peter Moceyunas (1944), his mother Sally Moceyunas (1984) and his sister, Sr. Jeanne Moceyunas (2018). Al is survived by his wife Sheila, his Brother Vito Moceyunas, daughters Ann Moceyunas (Dan Smigrod) and Elizabeth Villenueve (Charles) his sons Peter (Brenda) and John (Liu), six grandchildren: Sally, Anna, Margo, Joseph (Emily Pirtle), Morgan, Marino, Vanessa Kowai-Bell, Candace Villenueve and three great grandchildren: Hannah Joy Moceyunas, Rowan Kowai-Bell and Kiernan Kowai-Bell.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 25 at 2 pm at St. Williams Catholic Church in St Simons Island GA and can be viewed on the livestream at: www.LDLTV.com.

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Joe Barrett

June 26, 2020

I had the honor of working with Al at SRC from 1978 until his retirement. I took many trips with Al to Boston, Huntsville, Dayton, and Washington, DC as he “educated” intel analysts about the finer points of wideband radar imaging techniques and analysis. My fondest memories, however, include having a front row seat to the almost daily “debates” between Al and our colleague, Fred Peisel.

Al was truly one of the smartest individuals to ever grace the halls of SRC. My condolences to his entire family.

chung-chi cha

June 25, 2020

when i was at SRC al was a person i tell when something notable happened to me at work or in life. that's because al is always interested in listening to what people had to say and i usually learn something from his responses. he was smart, but he had other more important qualities.

he left me his split leaf philodendron before he and sheila moved to st simons. i still have it on the patio.

robert herman

June 25, 2020

I have known and worked with Al since his arrival at SRC (SURC) in 1970 until his retirement in 1997. He and Sheila were some of the warmest people I have ever known. He was extremely proud of his children and was forever telling us about their respective achievements.
Al was one of the smartest people I have ever known during my entire career. He was generous with his time and patience mentoring and teaching the engineers he worked with. He was always available to answer questions. Probably his crowning achievement was the development and exploitation of ISAR ( Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar) techniques. He promulgated these techniques teaching them throughout various groups within the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and Federally Funded Research and Development Corporations. He was a recognized national asset for all his expertise.
He will be sorely missed by all those who knew him socially and worked with him.

Harvey Schuman

June 25, 2020

Al was a bona fide giant in his field. I recently gave a presentation at SRC describing major research accomplishments of SRC's early years. Al's work led the pack. I recounted the historic government meeting attended by the best experts in radar imaging and high ranking Gov't personnel (including Generals). One by one the "experts" got up and argued that what the Gov't needed could not be done. Then Al walked in. He distributed papers showing striking images demonstrating that not only could these things be done but that he already did them! Of course, this was the beginning of many years of Gov't support, through Lincoln Laboratory, of research at SRC.

jay mortensen

June 25, 2020

al walked into my office at SRC about 25 years ago and put a homemade cassette tape on my desk. i thought you might like this, he said, and walked out. it was "other voices, other rooms" by nanci griffith. and he was right. i'm listening to that album now (via spotify.com, not cassette). thanks, al!

https://open.spotify.com/album/7f6KnLDGh7SlqLPSpMLjEE?si=easafCqiTq2VoT4DUNr6Yw

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY