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.