Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Gay Weber designed jet engines for GE

Served in WWII, sang in church

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

Gay Wollen Weber, an engineer who designed jet engines for General Electric and earned three patents for the company, died Oct. 31 of cancer at his home in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 82.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Mr. Weber received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the gymnastics and diving teams. He was also president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

World War II was nearing its end when he graduated and Mr. Weber entered the Army and served in Japan. After the war, he married Mary Crick Westbrook in Erie, Pa., where he went to work for GE in 1948. He was later transferred to Cincinnati and made his home in Montgomery. He designed jet engines for GE for 40 years.

Mr. Weber moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after retiring in 1988. He acquired a second home in Fort Wayne two years ago.

"Dad was constantly doing for others and never expecting anything in return," his son Tom of Fort Wayne said.

His daughter, Patsy Westbrook Rutledge of Milford, said, "He was a really intelligent man and he could solve mechanical problems - could fix anything." People often called seeking his expertise and he would always oblige, she said.

Mr. Weber was a member of the GE Elfun Society and an elder and member of Montgomery Presbyterian Church, where he was a tenor in the choir.

In addition to his son and daughter, survivors include his wife of 57 years; another son, Wally Weber of Pahrump, Nev.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday at Northeast Christian Church, 4900 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne. Memorials: Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.


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