September 21, 1932 ~ June 12, 2006
Tribute to Walter H. Musser
MUSSER - Walter Harold, of Hermosa Beach, CA passed away on June 12, 2006. He is survived by his loving wife Lois, two sons James and David, daughter-in-law JoEllyn, sister Ruth Ann Ednie, and many kind friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Louise Musser, and Father, Walter J. Musser. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday June 17, 1-5 pm at the Musserâ€™s home in Hermosa Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sierra Club or Jacques Cousteau Society.
Walter H. Musser was born on September 21st, 1932 in Mahanoy City, PA, and graduated Mahanoy City High School in 1950. In 1951 he joined the United States Navy and in 1955 after working as an electrical technician, he received an honorable discharge from the Navy. In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 53 years, Lois M. Musser (formerly Althoff).
He obtained a Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in 1959, and a Masterâ€™s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962.
Walter was employed professionally by the TRW Aerospace company for 27 years. His brilliant and dedicated engineering work was integral to the development of the Apollo 13 Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) that was instrumental in bringing the Astronauts home safe and sound from the Moon.
The two great passions of Walterâ€™s life, beyond his family that he provided a world of love to, were Skiing and Scuba Diving. In 1975, Walter, his wife and sons were certified to Scuba Dive. Over the next 30 years, Walter and his wife traveled all over the world to go diving with his buddy John Dorsey and many dive pals to destinations including: Australia, Bonaire, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Egypt and Red Sea, Fiji, the Galapagos, Hawaii, Malaysia, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Saba.
In 1981, Walter learned how to Ski along with his wife Lois on the beloved slopes of Mammoth Mountain, CA. Over the next 25 years, he, his wife and many ski friends graced the slopes of Big Bear , CA, Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail and Winter Park, CO, Lake Tahoe, NV, Park City, Utah, Jackson Hole, WY, Whistler and Banff, Canada and his favorite slope of all time Mammoth Mountain, where he had a Season Pass every year.
Along with Walterâ€™s many accomplishments, he was also Jamesâ€™ first guitar instructor. He had the joy of watching his son perform with three of the best musicians in the world in 2006, as well as receiving â€œBest in Show/NAMMâ€ and national distribution for one of Jamesâ€™ slide guitar inventions. He also lived to see David follow in his footsteps in engineering, and achieve success in buying a home in both Palos Verdes and Boston, as well as being a senior coordinator of WorldFest, an Earth Day festival in support of kindness to animals.
The legacy of Walter H. Musser beyond his professional accomplishments is one of warmth, humility, kindness, compassion, joy and adventure. To appreciate the beauty of nature, the excitement of skiing down a mountain, the wonder of scuba diving in the deep blue sea, the magnificence of a symphony by Schubert, and the infinite splendor of traveling the world â€“ these are the fine lessons he left for us all.
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