Mishell Josef Stucki

November 10, 1939June 8, 2018
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Mishell Josef Stucki, 78, of Salisbury, Maryland, passed away, with his wife by his side, on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. Born in Logan, Utah, he was the son of the late Alvin Joseph Stucki and Barbara Taylor Stucki.

Mishell graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and received his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University. Upon graduation, he went to work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was part of the research group that designed and developed the LINC, the first minicomputer and a forerunner of the personal computer. There, he met his wife, Loretta Herzins Stucki, who was also part of the MIT group. They were married for 53 years. The research group subsequently relocated to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where Mishell earned his graduate degree in electrical engineering and where he continued to work for a number of years. He was later employed by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in the field of computer systems.

Upon retiring and relocating to Salisbury, Maryland, Mishell and Loretta became avid ballroom dancers, and were founding and board members of several local ballroom dance clubs. Mishell studied ballroom dancing with some seriousness. His other interests included the study of linguistics and world languages; and he was extremely well-read on virtually every topic. Mishell enjoyed and appreciated the many friendships he made during his years in Salisbury. He was loved and he will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; his daughter, Nicole D. Stucki, and her husband, Ronald L. Rickman, of Anchorage, AK; his sister, Gina M. Stucki, and her husband, Peter McDonald, of Australia; his brother, Manfried H. Stucki, and his wife, Shirley E. Curfman, of Los Angeles, CA; his sister-in-law, Janice E. Stucki, of Alexandria, VA; his brother-in-law, Ronald Blair, of Houston, TX; his sister-in-law, Charlene Herzins, of Princess Anne, MD; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence V. Stucki; his sister, Tanya Blair; and his brother-in-law, Frank Herzins, Jr.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Sunday, June 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Schumaker Manor Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Mishell to the Wicomico County Humane Society, 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804.


  • Memorial Gathering Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Severo Ornstein

July 12, 2018

Mish, how could you do this ? We all have to go, but why so soon? You could bring any project to a halt with your perfectionism. I guess this one was beyond even your skill to forestall. I like to think that the work we did together was some of the most creative of my career; it was certainly fun and exciting. But actually I was mostly just a sounding board for you as we charged along.

We were Mutt and Jeff — the long and short of it (see photo below). I remember when the apartment we shared was robbed and some pants of mines and a jacket of yours were missing. We decided it should be easy to spot the thief in that outfit!

We haven't seen much of each other in recent years, but you left an indelible impression on me. You were one of a kind and we won't see your like again in this life. Wherever you are, tidy the place up and the rest of us will be along soon.

Your pal,


Robert Blair

July 4, 2018

Just got the information about Mishell’s passing. December and I live close to each other here in Houston. She works for the Sheriff’s Department down in Houston and I am of course retired from the Air Force. I’m 80 years old now, getting a bit creaky but nothing is falling off yet.

I remember all of the Stucki’s. Y’all really are a brainy lot. I was a pretty smart kid but Tanya ran circles around me in the IQ department.

Alex, John and December are my kids and they have all benefited from the Stucki intellect. John’s an architect working for Page Sutherland in Austin, Texas and gets to fly around the world working on projects and is married to Katie, a really beautiful young woman who is also an architect and they work together on projects. He has two boys, Miles and Emerson, both of them Mensa material.

Alex is married to Jeff Bates And lives in the Washington DC area. They have four kids, three boys and one girl. The oldest boy Avery is on his mission right now in Las Vegas, (lots of sin there). Jeff did work for the Smithsonian with Apple and re-organized their whole system switching them all to Apple computers.

I’m really sorry to hear about Michelle‘s passing and my love goes out to Lorreta and Nicole. If anyone wants to get in touch with me please send my daughter and email at ‘’

Ron Blair

Gina Stucki

June 23, 2018

So many wonderful memories of the big brother I admire, love and will always miss. Gone way too soon. Much love to Loretta and Nicole and to all of Mishell's extended family. Condolences, too, to the friends who also shared his life.

Gina Stucki

Dawn and Steve Cimo

June 10, 2018

We are so sorry to get this news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed and remembered fondly. Love, Dawn and Steve