Irving Isaacson
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Irving Isaacson
  • July 23, 1922 - February 1, 2016
  • North Carolina

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Irving Isaacson passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016. He was born on July 23, 1922 in Berlin, New Hampshire to the late Charles and Sophie Isaacson. He grew up in Berlin and graduated Berlin High School. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and soon after was inducted into the US Army during WW II and was sent to the 29th Engineer and Mapping Battalion stationed in Portland. OR. The battalion provided mapping and intelligence data for the entire Pacific theater of operations. Eventually, the battalion was sent to Manila to engage in a cleanup operation to rid Manila of a group of die-hard Japanese soldiers hiding in the mountain caves, determined to hold on to Manila.
Irving left the service in December of `946 as a Staff Sargent. Several weeks later after returning to Berlin, he received a call from the Army Map Service Intelligence Branch in Washington D.C. He remained with them for several years. He later was offered a position at Engineering and Research Development Laboratory (ERDL) He did research on aerial mapping equipment from Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.
While in Washington, D.C., he met and married his first wife, Frances Hadley Williamson, They had two children' Diana and Carol. Carol passed away when she was 37 years old. Frances passed away on April 16, 2002. Diana is married to Douglas Michel and they reside in Fairfax, VA. The have three daughters, Jennifer Lynn Michel of Fairfax, VA, Rebecca Elaine Michel of Jersey City, NJ and Jessica Anne Michel of Boston, MA.
After several years in Washington, Irving was offered a position with a new aerial mapping company- Hycon Aerial Surveys in Los Angeles, CA. He was head of the Photogrammetry Department.
Again, after four years Irving received a telephone call from an old friend asking if he would join his firm. This organization was Thompson, Ramo and Wooldrige (TRW). This was a very large research and development firm with contacts mostly from the US Government. Irving was assigned a position with the group to develop a reconnaissance satellite program to specifically spy on Russia. Boing developed the vehicle, Bausch and Lomb developed the camera and TRW developed the ground data processing system. Four years later the satellite was launched and remained in space for a number of years.
Irving went to South America, primarily to Peru and Bolivia on a classified mission for the Army. He remained there for seven months. He then went to Greensboro, NC where his first wife was originally from.
In 1965, he started a new company, Piedmont Aerial Survey's where he performed aerial mapping for oil companies, Army, Navy, large land developers and pipe line companies covering the East Coast of the U.S. He sold the company in 1990 and retired.
He met his second wife, Joan Falk and married her in September of 2003. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Well Spring Retirement Facility. Joan passed away in January 2013. He spent his remailing years at Well Spring. During his final years, he met a very vivacious lady by the name of Jane Nutt who is a very caring and loving individual.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, 2:00 pm at the Greensboro Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Fred Guttman and Rabbi Andy Koren officiating. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:30 pm at Well Spring Richardson Auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.