GILSON, Robert Doane
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Robert Doane Gilson, age 98, passed away Wednesday evening, February 5, 2014 at the Powder Springs Nursing and Rehab Center. Mr. Gilson was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  He graduated with honors from what is now Carnegie Mellon University in 1936 with a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.   After graduation he went to work at Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company in Baltimore, Maryland.  It was in Baltimore where he met his wife of 72 years, Mary Ellen Calhoun.  He subsequently worked at Fairchild Aircraft Company in Hagerstown, Maryland before moving to Atlanta in 1956 when he joined Lockheed Georgia.  He was the Chief Project Engineer on the C141. When he retired, he and his wife moved to Palm Coast, Florida where they lived for 25 years.  There he was active at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, the Lion’s Club and the Library for the Blind. He continued his passion for aircraft by joining the Flagler County RAMS, a radio controlled model aircraft organization.  He received numerous awards for the planes he built to scale from original blueprints and kits. Returning to Georgia in 2006, he and his wife Mary Ellen resided at Creekside Pines in Dallas, Georgia.   Mr. Gilson remained an active participant in community activities fueled by a curious mind and a desire to keep learning which continued to the end of his life. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ellen, and is survived by his two daughters, Jane Taylor and husband Larry “Topper” who live in Powder Springs; Sally Wanzer who lives in Memphis, TN; 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service is planned for Sunday, February 16th at 2p.m. at Dallas First United Methodist Church in Dallas, GA.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dallas First United Methodist or an organization of your choosing.

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