Dr. Allan Joseph Zuckerwar

June 9, 1934 - October 13, 2014
Dr. Allan Joseph Zuckerwar

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Dr. Allan J. Zuckerwar departed this life on October 13 after a long and courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in New York City on June 9, 1934 and grew up in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Zuckerwar attended Carnegie-Mellon University and earned both a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. He later earned a Doctorate of Science in Physics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany where he met his wife.

Dr. Zuckerwar spent the majority of his working life as a research scientist at NASAís Langley Research Center specializing in acoustics. Even after his retirement in 2005 he continued to work as a NASA contractor. In 1989 he was presented with the Langley H.J.E. Reid Award for his outstanding paper ìLow Frequency Absorption of Sound in Air,î which he co-authored with Roger W. Meredith. He received the Hampton Roads Technical Council Green Innovation award in 2010 and the FLC Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 2011. In August of this year he was awarded NASAís Commercial Invention of the Year for 2013 with co-inventor Qamar A. Shams for the Extreme Low Frequency Acoustic Measurement System. He held numerous patents, authored the 4-volume Handbook of the Speed of Sound in Real Gases, as well as numerous journal articles and NASA technical papers. He was well-respected in the Acoustical Society of America, where he was a Fellow, as well as in the international acoustics community. He taught and mentored hundreds of students, engineers, and researchers throughout his career and was liked and respected very much by his colleagues.

Dr. Zuckerwar is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elke H. Zuckerwar; daughter and son-in-law Dr. Diane and Stephen K. Krasznay of Mechanicsville, MD; son and daughter-in-law Gerald and Edie Zuckerwar of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and son and daughter-in-law Tom and Sharon F. Zuckerwar of Riner, VA. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Virginia L. Krasznay, Avery M. Zuckerwar, Stephen R. Krasznay and Alex T. Zuckerwar.

A visitation will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday October 17 at Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive, Williamsburg. A gathering of friends and family will follow at the Zuckerwar residence.

Donations may be made to The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.

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  • October 15, 2014
    Kathy Sargent Werner & Michael Werner says:
    Dr. Zuckerwar earned many distinguished accomplishments in his short lifetime! Congratulations to Dr. Zuckerwar to be able to cross into the Pearly Gates of Heaven and welcoming arms of our Lord! Dr. Zuckerwar shared a life with Elke that is so blessed with children and their children! May the family & friends share in the glory of being with a special soul in their lifetime!

  • October 15, 2014
    Jan Francis says:
    Elka and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Treasure all the wonderful memories of a lifetime with Allan. He had a great life and accomplished many things, the best of which are his children and grandchildren. May you be comforted by all the wonderful memories. With love, Jan Francis