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Lewis H. Geyer

Lewis H. Lou Geyer, age 92, died peacefully in his home in Duxbury, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Born Nov. 12, 1911, in Mountain Lakes, N.J., he graduated from M.I.T. in 1943, and was a friend to Antioch College. In 1948, Lou joined Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory as a Research Engineer. There he met William Moog, who invented a superior core component of aerospace guidance systems. Mr. Moog, his brother Arthur, and Lou incorporated Moog, Inc., in 1951 in East Aurora, N.Y. In its first 17 years, it expanded from 3 to 1,300 people. Lou served as VP of Sales and Marketing. Today, Moog is a major supplier of components to the aerospace industry, with facilities worldwide. In 1970, Lou completed a Phd. in Industrial Engineering at SUNY at Buffalo, where he taught until 1973. He then joined Northeastern Universitys Department of Industrial Engineering, retiring in 1986. He is remembered by its faculty for spearheading the creation of his departments Phd. program. He was active in several leadership roles in the Human Factors Society including its Presidency. Lou had a lifelong commitment to community service. He volunteered in many organizations for over 50 years. He and his late wife, Barbara, were among the founders of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of East Aurora, N.Y., and later were leaders in First Parish U-U Church of Scituate. Lou was a key pro-bono leader in the Massachusetts chapter of Common Cause between 1987 and 2006. In 2003, Lou moved from Scituate to a retirement community, The Village at Duxbury. Mr. Geyer was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Bedford) Geyer. He is survived by a son, David H. (Susan) Geyer; a daughter, Marcia L. Geyer; grandchildren, Elisia Geyer and Rachael Geyer; and great-grandchildren, Iris Dochow and Ruby Dias. His memorial service will be held at The Village at Duxbury, 290 Kingstown Way, Duxbury, at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb 21. All who knew him are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Common Cause Massachusetts