In Memory

Carol Veronda - Class Of 1938

Carol Veronda

Carol Veronda was born in Sierra Madre, California on August 1, 1920 and died March 7, 2014 of head trauma from a fall in Morristown, New Jersey.

Carol graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1938 and attended the California Institute of Technology where he received a BS in electrical engineering in 1942. He received a commission in the US Naval Reserve and was called to active duty in 1943, serving until 1945. His two years of active duty included attending Bowdoin College, MIT, and Bell Telephone Laboratories Navy Radar Schools. He served as a Radar Officer, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, and as a Radio Research Officer at the Naval Research Laboratory. For the next several years he was a microwave engineer with Philips Laboratories, then joined the Sperry Rand Company in Great Neck, New York. At Sperry he was an engineering branch chief concentrating on the development of microwave electron tubes, including magnetrons, klystrons, and traveling wave tubes for a wide variety of electronic systems, especially those for communications, navigation, and missile guidance. In 1955 he transferred to a new Sperry plant in Gainesville, Florida, where he became manager of research and development. He became well known as one of the early pioneers in klystron development, publishing several technical papers and two patents.

In 1963 he took a position with Varian Associates, a firm then specializing in microwave tube development. At Varian, East Coast Operations in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was in charge of all new product activities including sales, engineering development, manufacture, and test of electron devices. Two years later he joined NASA's new Electronics Research Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During this period, NASA completed the successful Apollo Moon landing and return program. 

In 1979 he accepted a position as an electronics engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC where he became chief of the Identification Systems Branch, Radar Division (IFF). In addition to his management of IFF, his leadership in achieving affirmative action to promote fairness and best utilization of skills available resulted in his being awarded an Office of Naval Research (ONR) commendation for this work.  Carol retired in 1995.

Hobbies were photography and flying. After a life-long interest in aviation, he obtained his pilot's license in 1961 and added an instrument rating to it in 1970. In 1944, Carol married June Horstmeier. After 51 years of marriage, June died in 1995. They are survived by two sons, William of Wyckoff, New Jersey and Christopher of Fairport, New York, and a daughter, Cheryl of Hackettstown, New Jersey; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Carol was a fellow member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of Sigma Xi, and a member of the US Naval Institute.