June 4, 1929 – July 17, 2015
Addison “Pat” J. McGowan, who served as director of technology for Sierra Research and was an award-winning volunteer, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 86.
Born in Silver Creek, Mr. McGowan was a lifelong Western New York resident, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Buffalo and a master’s in nuclear technology from the University at Buffalo.
He briefly worked for Bell Aircraft Corp. before being drafted into the Army, serving from 1953 to 1955.
After the Army, Mr. McGowan worked for research and technology companies including Cornell Aerospace Laboratory and General Research Corp. He was the director of technology for Sierra Research for the final years of his career. He retired in 1990.
He was a longtime member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsville.
He enjoyed reading, fishing and hunting.
He also had a keen interest in history, especially of Western New York. He was a volunteer for Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, the former Amherst Museum, where he led tours for schoolchildren and enjoyed talking about the history of Amherst. For his efforts, the museum honored him with its first Volunteer of the Year award.
He also was a member of the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission.
Survivors include his wife, the former Joann Lorence; a daughter, Patricia Wilson; two sons, James and William; and five grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 68 Eagle St. at North Ellicott Street, Williamsville.