Allan Howard Gott, an early member of SPIE, died unexpectedly from a heart attack, December 21, 2005 in Santa Cruz, California.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 3, 1927. After serving in the U.S. Army on the Alaskan island of Attu during World War II, he returned to Illinois where he earned both his undergraduate and Master's degrees in electrical engineering. He subsequently received a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
His professional career began in engineering design at Corning Glass Works in New York. The following 30 years were spent with the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, a career which he loved and afforded him travel throughout the world.
Gott had an avocation in physiology and was the recipient of an international prize for a film showing the heart's muscle function by computer graphics. He served as an officer, including Vice President and Secretary of SPIE, from 1974 through 1980. He received the SPIE President's Award in 1980.
He was passionate about books, music, science, automobile racing, learning and life. His many hobbies included flying and photography. Most of all he treasured his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie, his step-children, Kate Holland and Spencer Holland, and his beloved grandchildren, Rachel Doblick and Zach and Philip Russell.