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Judson R. Baron ScD '56

Retired MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Judson R. Baron ScD ’56 died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 6, according to Tech Talk. Baron, 79, was a leader in applying computer simulations to model fluid dynamics.

Baron, using the early Whirlwind computer, conducted a seminal study of the constraints heat and mass transfer enforce on the reentry of spacecraft.

After receiving his Doctorate of Science, Baron joined the MIT faculty in Course XVI in 1956 and later served as director for the Aerophysics Laboratory, Tech Talk reported.

“He was very dedicated to his work,” said Eugene E. Covert ScD ’58 in The Boston Globe. “He was an excellent teacher and researcher. I worked with him at MIT starting 52 years ago and I knew him as a valued faculty member, a strong adviser, and a great friend.”

Baron, who retired in 1989, remained active and had this past year provided technical assistance to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.

Born in Brooklyn in 1924 and raised in Queens, he served under the 80th Infantry Division of the Third Army during the Second World War and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in Germany on March 13, 1945.

He was also an associate editor of the Journal of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and was an adviser to several government organizations. In 1988, he won the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.

Professor Baron is survived by his wife of 54 years, two sons, and a granddaughter.

A memorial service was held on Oct 23.