NORMAN — Dr. Maurice Lee Rasmussen died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
“Maurie,” as he was known, was born June 2, 1935, in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Soon after, his family relocated to Oregon, and he graduated from Bend High School in 1953. He then attended Oregon State University, where he graduated in 1957 with a BS in mechanical engineering, and in 1959 with an MS in aeronautical engineering. Following OSU, he attended the doctorate program at Stanford University and graduated with a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics in 1964.
While attending Stanford, Maurie met his future wife, Barbara, and they were married in 1961. They had one son, Eric, while in California, and in 1967, the family moved to Norman, where Maurie became a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. In 1970, they had a second son, Matt, and the family made Norman their home for the biggest part of Maurie’s teaching career.
Maurie authored many professional journal papers and articles and was well known for his research in Waverider design. He received many honors while teaching at the university, including the David Ross Boyd Distinguished Professor in 1988 and becoming the first professor to receive the distinguished L.A. Comp Chair in 1994.
Maurie enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, boating and tennis. As a self-taught tennis player, Maurie was ranked in both singles and doubles in the USTA Missouri Valley for many years.
Though increasingly limited in recent years by the progression of his disease, his greatest joy was being with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his brother, Ron; his sons Eric and Matt; his daughter-in-law, Maureen; and grandchildren Heather, Mason, Colleen and Lauren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 220 Webster St. in Norman.
Memorial donations may be made to the Maurice L. Rasmussen Scholarship Fund at OU in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, 865 Asp Ave., Rm. 212, Norman, OK 73019; or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
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