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Robert Otto Herman Dietz
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Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

Married: Albertina Sperflage

Marvin Richard Dietz
Robert Otto Herman Dietz Jr.

Chester Harry Dietz

Son's Obituary
Manchester Times
DIETZ, Robert Otto Herman, Jr., age 84, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at his home in Manchester, Tennessee. An AEDC Fellow, Mr. Dietz was born on June 8, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri to his parents, the late Robert Otto Herman Dietz and Albertina Sperflage Dietz. He was also preceded in death by his son, Chester Harry Dietz, and brother, Marvin Richard Dietz. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1944 from the University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri and Master's Degree in 1962 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He also completed post graduate studies at the University of Tennessee. In 1944, he began his professional career as a Research Engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) with the agency's Lewis Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio. By 1950, Mr. Dietz was in St. Louis working for Arnold Research Organization (ARO), the first support contractor for the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). He came to AEDC in 1952 and before long was a manager on the chief engineer's staff at the Engine Test Facility. In 1957, he moved from ARO to become AEDC's Government Chief of the Advanced Study Group. From 1966 until 1970, Mr. Dietz made significant contributions to the future of aeronautical and aerospace engineering during his five years as Director of the Von Karman Institute (VKI) for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium. His work at VKI earned him the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. Mr. Dietz returned to AEDC in 1970 and became the Director of Technology. His efforts resulted in improved management of research within the operating contract, and they significantly upgraded the response to Air Force requirements. Then, as the AEDC Deputy of Planning, he participated in the successful drive to plan, design, develop, promote and help find funding for what became the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF). Throughout his career, Mr. Dietz made a significant impact both nationally and internationally as a participant in a number of important organizations. From 1971 until 1980, he was a U.S. Representative to the NATO Advisory Board on Aeronautical Research and Development's Fluid Dynamics Panel, and later served as Chairman to the Organization's Wind Tunnel Working Group. He also served as the U.S. Project Officer for the DoD Data Exchange Agreements with West Germany and France. Mr. Dietz authored more than 34 technical reports on a wide variety of topics including one on the performance requirements for the basic design of AEDC's Mark I Space Chamber, the second largest space chamber in the United States. He played a key role in developing and advocating the country's needs for an advanced transonic aerodynamics testing capability. This effort culminated at NASA's Langley Research Center. Mr. Dietz was among the first of those inducted as AEDC Fellows in June 1989. He was also active in the community, serving as Past President of the Manchester Jaycees, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Tullahoma Rotary Club, Past President and Founder of the Coffee County Toastmasters Organization, and Past President of the Coffee County Association for Retarded Citizens, to name just a few organizations. Mr. Dietz enjoyed travel by any means, but especially by motor coach. He loved riding his ATVs, astronomy, outdoor activities and sports, including camping, hiking and the "annual hunt with the fellows" was always anticipated. He loved playing bridge, politics and reading. He had an insatiable desire for learning and a penchant for adventure. He was a craftsman of ideas and capability and was more than a gentleman farmer. Mr. Dietz was member of the Christ Church (Episcopal Missionary Church) of Monteagle, Tennessee. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Justine Chrisco Dietz of Manchester, TN; son, Randy Dietz of Tullahoma, TN; daughters, Rebecca Ann Dietz and Susan Lynn Dietz, both of Manchester, TN; granddaughter, Katherine Elizabeth Dietz of Manchester, TN; and a host of friends. The Family received friends at the Visitation on Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2008 from 12:00 - 3:00 P.M. at the Central Funeral Home in Manchester, Tennessee. A "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service followed the Visitation at 3:00 P.M. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with the Right Reverend William W. Millsaps officiating. In lieu of flowers, the Family suggests that Memorial Donations be made to the Hospice of the Highland Rim, the Multi-County Cancer Support Group or the Alzheimer's Association, all located in Tullahoma. CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME of Manchester, TN in Charge of Arrangements.
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Record added: Jun 03, 2008
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