Rudy H. Arendt of Bennington, co-founder of MGA Research, died Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital of melanoma. He was 64.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Arendt earned a degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A former employee of Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, he and colleagues Patrick Miller and Jim Greene formed MGA -- representing the first letters of their last names -- in 1977.
Headquartered in Akron and with facilities in Michigan and Wisconsin, the company is an independent test and research laboratory specializing in transportation safety. Mr. Arendt was vice president.
Mr. Arendt was a member of the National Rifle Association, and enjoyed woodworking and archery.
Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara Wawrzyniak; a daughter, Monika Sanderson of Fishers, Ind.; three sons, Scott of Snyder, Larry Sanderson Jr. of Sterling Hights, Mich., and Dale Sanderson of Lake Orion, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Town Line Lutheran Church, 1159 Townline Road, Alden.