Dr. Edward Louis Breig of Richardson, Texas, died on Thursday, August 1, 2019. He was 86 years old.
He was born October 6, 1932, in St. Mary, a son of Francis and Esther (Roth) Breig.
He is survived by five siblings, Marvin Breig of Charleston, Illinois; Mary Ann Haukap of St. Louis; William Francis Breig of Springfield, Missouri; Patricia Power of Lewisville, Texas; and Joan Ponder of St. Mary.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He became very diligent with his studies early in life. He graduated summa cum laude from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in mathematics and business administration. He attained a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in physics.
He began his professional career as a research scientist for the University of Oklahoma and concluded it as a research engineer for the University of Texas at Dallas. He contributed to operations for the U.S. Naval Electronics Lab during the summers of 1959 and 1960.
He and others were hired for a newly created laboratories division for Aerospace Corporation to develop satellites that could detect nuclear explosions from both space and on the ground, also known as the Vela Hotel reconnaissance program. Working as a theoretical physicist for Aerospace, he provided assistance to experimental programs and maintained a high level of activity with several classified air force programs.
His professional accomplishments include receiving a four-year fellowship with North American Aviation, being a contributing author for U.S. National Report to International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, 1983 to 1986; composing numerous technical publications; and being an able toastmaster of Toastmasters International.
Cremation arrangements were handled by Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home of Dallas, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joseph Church, 600 South Jupiter Road, Richardson, Texas, 75081.