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Ronald Raymond Michalski, 81, engineer


June 29, 1935 - Nov. 22, 2016

Ronald Raymond Michalski of Holland died Nov. 22 following a long illness. He was 81.

Born on Buffalo’s East Side, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School and the University of Buffalo.

Upon graduation, he was hired by the Army Corps of Engineers’ Buffalo District as a structural draftsman and worked on two locks for the St. Lawrence Seaway project.

In 1956, he joined the plant Engineering Department at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, which became Calspan Corporation in 1972. He was part of the team that developed the “Astro-Spiral Jump” driving stunt seen in the James Bond film "Man with the Golden Gun." It was the first stunt that relied on computer-modeled simulations.

Mr. Michalski worked with multiple consulting engineers designing industrial buildings, including the design and development of Spaulding Lakes in Clarence. He also designed several residences, including his own located on a 25-acre wood lot in Holland.

After 44 years of service, he retired from Calspan Corp. as plant engineer and facilities manager.

An avid reader, historian and lover of the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years the former Joyce Kladke; three sons Ronald, Brian and William; a daughter Dr. Michelle Balon and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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