RANDOLPH, Iowa —
Anthony Stanley Baran, a son of George and Mary (Lefko) Baran, was born on April 12, 1929, near Springboro. Anthony passed away peacefully at home in rural Randolph, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at the age of 83.
Tony and his brother, Ted, farmed together for one year following Tony’s graduation from Springboro High School. Tony then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to a position in the Interior Communications School, graduating first in his class. He served aboard the USS Kermit Roosevelt, sharing a bunk with the ship’s gyrocompass and spending three years traveling in and around Japan, Korea and New Zealand.
In 1953, Tony enrolled at Pennsylvania State University Behrend Center, Erie, where he studied for one year. He then transferred to the university’s main campus, where in 1958 he received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering. During his college years, he developed a deep love for golf, downhill skiing, amateur radio and woodworking.
After graduation, Tony took graduate courses at Newark College of Engineering, Newark, N.J. He was with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Research for several years, helping to develop some of the first aircraft jet engines, and following this, held multiple positions within RCA and later Thomson. At RCA he was employed at the Astro-Electronic division where he was manager of the space and satellite environmental facilities used in testing weather and surveillance satellites and equipment for manned missions to the moon. Cameras that were used to photograph man stepping on the moon, and which remain there to this day, had been in his hands months earlier. At the RCA In-field Research Laboratory, Tony helped to advance television technologies and was awarded several patents related to early barcode developments, high-precision picture tube manufacturing and innovations for making televisions more flat. His work took him to Mexico, France, Poland and Italy, where he conducted glass purity studies and spearheaded international committees aimed at improving picture tube performance.
Tony served his community as vice-chairman of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, West Palm Beach, Fla.; a member of the Washington Township Board of Education, Robbinsville, N.J.; and chairman of the Washington Township Planning Board, Robbinsville. He was an active member of the American Society of Testing Materials, the American Rocket Society and the American Radio Relay League. He was founder and advisor of the Lancaster chapter of the Young Astronauts of America; coach of the Sacred Heart Elementary School boys basketball team; judge for the Sacred Heart School Science Fair; and President of the Quadrille Formal Dance Club. He was an active member of St. Gregory the Great Church, Hamilton Square, N.J.; St. Leo the Great Church, Rohrerstown; Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lancaster; and St. Patrick Church, Imogene, Iowa. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus, holding the position of third degree knight.
Preceding Anthony in death were his parents; sister, Margaret Nogee; brother-in-law, Frank Nogee; sister, Helen Finnucan; brother-in-law, John Finnucan; brother, Theodore Barron; sister-in-law, Rose (Lombardo) Barron; brother-in-law, Willard Johnson; and brother-in-law, John Thomas.
Surviving are his spouse of 35 years, Mary Patricia (Doyle) Baran; two children, Dr. Thomas Anthony Baran of Somerville, Mass., and Dr. Mary Catherine Lally and husband, Thomas, of Rochester, Minn.; his former spouse, Elizabeth (Meissner) Baran of Princeton, N.J.; two children, Christopher George Baran and wife, Tama (Vail), of Hamilton Square, N.J., and Kimberly Ann Steinnagel of Princeton, N.J.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Margaret Lally, Nellie Baran, Tessa Baran, Juliette Baran, Geoffrey Walker, Kyle Steinnagel, Kassie Steinnagel and her daughters Delyla and Jocelyn, Marina Thorne and Kristian Steinnagel; two sisters, Elizabeth Johnson of Martinsville, Va., and Genevieve Thomas of Fairview; a brother, William Barron and wife Sophie, (Pakora), of Pittsburgh; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dr. Michael Doyle and wife, Debra (Ducat), of Mesa, Ariz., Judith (Doyle) Wischik and husband, Irving, of Cranbury, N.J., Catherine (Doyle) Fahey and husband, John, of Litchfield, Conn., John Doyle and wife Dixie, (Trively), of Tabor, Iowa, James Doyle and wife, Melonie (Blackburn), of Randolph; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 4 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene. Burial followed in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Imogene. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements.