George J. Arouchon, 87 of Nashua, passed away Saturday, November 4th at Community Hospice House, Merrimack, NH surrounded by his family.
He was born of immigrant parents from Damascus Syria, the late John and Rose (Hanna) Arouchon in Boston, MA. He attended Boston English High School and graduated from Boston University in 1954 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering which was followed by graduate work in the same field at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He and his wife, Ellen of nearly 55 years have made Nashua their home.
His love of aircraft started at a young age and at 12 years of age, he built 50 scale model aircraft which were used by World War II Naval spotters. In 1942, he received an honorary rank of Lieutenant in recognition of war time service in accordance with specifications approved by the Bureau of Aeronautics of the United States Navy. Upon graduation, he joined MIT as an aeronautical research scientist in the aerophysicis research group. As an Assistant Project Leader in the Aeronautical Engineering Department, he helped to develop the theoretical performance characteristics of various military aircraft. His work included advanced research and systems design including the B-52 bomber.
He remained at MIT until 1958 when he moved to Lincoln Laboratory where he was assigned as an aeronautical engineering scientist at Eglin Air force Base in Florida working on the Bomarc/Sage missile. The MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA was formed and he joined the company in January 1959 as an aeronautical research scientist in the aerophysics research group In 1963, he traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska with a team to conduct flight tests in conjunction with a satellite to determine the extent of interference by aurora on the satellite's air to group radio transmission. He provided aeronautical engineering system support on a company wide basis and collaborated with the US Air force on a number of foreign advanced weapon systems. In 1980, he worked closely with Boeing Corporation and traveled to Saudi Arabia to assist the Royal Saudi Arabian Air force in forming an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). As the only aeronautical engineer at MITRE, he worked on all the major design systems including the Cruise Missile, Airborne Command Post, and Joint Stars.
In retirement, he was a judge at the Massachusetts state science fair at MIT and taught aerodynamics courses at Daniel Webster College, Nashua. He also served on the advisory program for the institutions original aeronautical engineering studies program. He was a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He enjoyed building model airplanes, attending the Boston Symphony, and especially spending time with friends. He was a member of the Nashua Country Club for 48 years. He is survived by his wife Ellen (Esty) and daughters, Christine Arouchon of Nashua and Julia Richardson and her husband Stephen of Marlborough, MA as well as many dear friends.
SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua on Thursday evening, November 9, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A Celebration of His Life will be held at the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, on Friday morning, November 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment prayers and burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Nashua One Positive Place, Nashua NH 03060 (www.bcgn.com) or the Community Hospice House, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054 (www.hhhc.org).