1st Lt. Leslie J. Tyler - 353rd Squadron
Leslie J. Tyler, 88, of Gainesville and Grawn, FL, passed away at his home in Florida, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007.
Les was born to the late Leslie A. and Freda (Henry) Tyler on Nov. 2, 1919, in Salamanca, N.Y. At an early age Les set his sights high, accomplishing many goals that would set the tone for the rest of his life. He graduated as Valedictorian from Dunmore High School in Dunmore, Pa., becoming the first to receive the school's Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award.
Following graduation from the University of Scranton, Les answered the call of duty, serving as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. As a lead navigator in the 301st Bomb Group, 353rd Squadron, flying out of Foggia, Italy, his plane was shot down in March 1945; the crew was captured, and he spent the remainder of the war as a POW.
Home from the war, Les continued his educational pursuits achieving Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Tyler then went on to establish himself with a remarkable career starting as a research chemist with the Dow Corning Corporation of Midland. His research led to 22 patents and several publications. He became recognized as a global expert on silicone resin chemistry and served as Director of Research and eventually Vice President for Research and Development.
Les traveled the world, including two visits to China with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He retired from the Dow Corning Corporation in 1983. In 1992, he received the University of Scranton Frank J. O'Hara Science and Technology Award.
He is survived by his seven children, Dr. Leslie Jo Tyler of Fredericksburg, Va., Lewis P. (Elaine) Tyler of White Lake, Dr. John G. (Umavadee Jo) Tyler of Manassas, Va., Dr. Amy E. Tyler of Interlochen, Priscilla Meg (Martin) Smith of Hillsborough, N.C., Bruce D. (Elizabeth) Tyler of Traverse City and Robert W. Tyler of Gainesville, Fla.; his sister, Alice (William) Nowell of Scranton, Pa.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, William H. Tyler of Lake Ariel, Pa. Visitation for Dr. Tyler will take place Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Monroe Center Cemetery in Blair Township. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans or the Union of Concerned Scientists. The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Traverse City; www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.