KETTERING, Ohio — James H. Van Tassel, 89, of Kettering died Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
Jim graduated from La Crosse Central High School and the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in 1951. He taught chemistry at St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., until he was drafted during the Korean War. After two years of military service, he attended Texas Technological College, where he received his MS and PhD degrees in chemistry. He completed a year of post-doctoral study at Princeton University before joining Texas Instrument in Dallas, where he spent 20 years in various technical and managerial assignments. He holds several patents and, with two other TI engineers, the basic patent for the hand held calculator.
In Dallas, he met his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Louise Carman. Jim and his family moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1980, when he was hired as vice president for microelectronics by the NCR Corporation. He retired in 1991. In Dayton, he was active in many local organizations. He served on the board of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Engineering and Science Foundation and the advisory board of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Kentucky; member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Microelectronic and Computer Corporation; member, Board of Directors of Sematech; member, Board of Directors of Semiconductor Research Corporation; the Board of Directors of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Singapore; the Microelectronic Advisory Board of the National Security Agency; and the Board of Directors of the Mound Community Improvement Corporation. Doctor Van Tassel was elected to Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He received the Holley Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Florilège d’Or from the French Institute of Design and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. He was a member of the 49er’s club, the 39er’s club, the Moraine Society and the Moraine County Club, where he served as treasurer of the Board of Trustees and the Holland Society of New York City.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes Van Tassel of La Crosse; and brother, John.
He is survived by Mary Lou, his wife and best friend; two children, John P. (Elizabeth) Van Tassel and their children, Johnathan and Joseph Van Tassel of San Jose, Calif., and James G. (Melissa) Van Tassel of Bellevue, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 5520 Far Hills Ave., Kettering. The family will greet friends following the service at Moraine Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Dayton area Salvation Army, 1000 N. Keowee St., Dayton, Ohio, 45404. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com.