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Marshall Nechtow ’59

January 8, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Born in Los Angeles, Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree from Reed and a master’s from Johns Hopkins University, both in physics. He was a pioneer in designing and manufacturing semiconductors, blazing a trail with integrated circuits and major improvements in CMOS circuits. A principal engineer and scientist at McDonnell Douglas and senior principal engineer and scientist at Boeing, Marshall held multiple patents and his products went into space, starting in the NASA Mercury program.

After retiring from Boeing in 2002, he continued to pursue such interests as electronics, aikido, tennis, sailing, Reiki, art, and volunteering with Habitat construction.

He is survived by Friederica Nechtow, his wife of 25 years, and his stepchildren, Keith, Liz, Emilie, and Geoffrey Clayton.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2019

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