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Obituary (FL): Milton Gussow '49

Posted on 04/03/2018

Milton Gussow  (September 19, 1924 - March 27, 2018)

Milton "Mickey" Gussow, 93, of Boynton Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on March 27, 2018. Born in Newark, New Jersey to Israel and Masha Gussow, he received his B.S. degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 and a M.S. degree in systems engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957. He retired as a Commander, U.S. Navy in 1967 after 25 years of active service. Mickey served as a Senior Vice President for Product Development and Education at McGraw-Hill and authored three books on basic electric circuits, which remain in publication. Mickey, employed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for 28 years, was a senior special assistant in the Naval Warfare Analysis Department. He retired in 2002 and received the Admiral John A. Sides Award for exceptional leadership and dedication on behalf of the industry and the Navy. For over 20 years, Mickey continued to teach as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, American University and The Johns Hopkins University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics and electrical engineering. Once fully retired, he devoted his academic pursuits in exploring and publishing papers about American Jewish demographics and Jewish Naval Commanders. All told, he published over 100 papers during his academic and retirement years. Mickey was a passionate tennis player and competed from his days at the Naval Academy until his late 80s. Mickey's wife of 63 years, Libbie Kaye Gussow, predeceased him as did his sister Florence Drucks (Connie). He is survived by his brother Stanley Gussow (Harriett) of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, daughters Myra Hamilton (Edward) of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Susan Vengrove (Marc) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, grandchildren Laura and Jeffrey Hamilton, Nicole Vengrove Soffer (Matthew), and Sara Vengrove, and great-grandchildren Caleb and Carmel Soffer as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and interment, held in Olney, Maryland at Judean Memorial Gardens, were officiated by Rabbi Matthew Soffer, Mickey's grandson-in-law. Contributions can be made to the Uriah P. Levy Center and Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy (, 326 First Street-Suite 22, Annapolis, MD 21403 or a charity of one's choice.

Published in The Palm Beach Post on Apr. 3, 2018