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Rudy Arendt, co-founder of MGA Research
Oct. 21, 1941 -- Feb. 5, 2006

Rudy H. Arendt of Bennington, co-founder of MGA Research in Akron, died Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital of melanoma. He was 64.

Born in Buffalo, he had 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.

He 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 was held Thursday.


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