Martin Raymond "Ray" Hertz 1916 - 2011 Died March 8, 2011 in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (Greene County). He is survived by his wife, Grace Elizabeth Hertz, "Beth", nee Frevert, and his sons Edward Raymond Hertz and William Arthur Hertz, their families, several nieces and nephews and their children.
Ray and Beth were married in 1942. Enurnment in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery for Lt. Col. Martin Raymond Hertz is to be scheduled. Ray was born on his family's stock farm in Pocahontas County near Lorenz, Iowa, and raised with three brothers Paul, Carl and Amos. He received a baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in bacteriology from Iowa State University.
In 1941 Ray entered the United States Air Force as an aeronautical engineer maintaining B-25 bombers fighting the German submarine menace in the Atlantic Ocean. He then trained to fly B-25 and B-17 bombers and as command pilot he led as many as 108 B-17s in Eighth Air Force missions over Germany and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After the close of the War he was employed in nuclear research at the Goodyear Atomic plant near Portsmouth, Ohio, (Scioto County) and by Monsanto Company at Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg, Ohio. At Mound Laboratory he developed neutron sources for industrial applications and radio-isotopic power sources for use in space exploration. Ray served in the Air National Guard, flying jet fighters for several years after the War.
Community organizations where Ray gave his time have included Planned Parenthood and the Wright State University Library Board. Following retirement from Monsanto, Ray and his wife Beth found time to explore cultural and artistic interests in travels around the world. On Thursday afternoon, June 23, 2011 from 3 to 6 pm, at Dayton Visual Arts Center, 144 N. Jefferson Street in Dayton, Beth will receive friends and colleagues who wish to offer condolences, remembering Ray.