David Hirsch Obituary, Death – His birth name was David. In his younger years, he made the most of the carefree lifestyle that the little community could offer. He relocated to the city in order to attend a prestigious high school, and he ultimately enrolled in the University of Politecnia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
David lived and worked in Romania for a number of years, but he often fantasized of moving to the United States in search of a more prosperous existence. He finally fled communist Romania by way of Israel and Italy, and in 1976 he settled in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. After that, he went to Cleveland State University and got his master’s degree in chemical engineering there. During this period, he exerted a great deal of effort in order to bring his parents to the United States, where they all triumphantly got their citizenship.
In the beginning, he worked for Republic Steel, but he left his position there when the company shifted its steel production overseas. They turned out to be lucky when he was employed as a contractor for NASA’s Flight Safety Team at White Sands Johnson Space Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he delighted in working for 30 years until he retired in 2011. He worked there until he was able to enjoy his retirement.
The finest joy David had in life was his family. He is survived by his devoted wife Joan, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage, his three elated daughters, Jessica Madrid, Rebecca (Jeremy) Milligan, and Laura (Paul) Smith, as well as two grandsons, Andres Madrid and Tobias Milligan, as well as his sister Paula and brother-in-law Emery Marcus, as well as his sister-in-law Judy and brother-in-law Paul Hederstrom. He was a proud father.
had five nephews: Peter Markus, Mark (Timea) Marcus, Matthew (Lena) Hederstrom, and Mark (Cheryl) Hederstrom. David’s niece was Vivien Marcus. His mother Dora and father Ladislau Hirsch both passed away before he did. He is the only survivor of his family. David was ambitious about his future and planned to do even more during his brief life. He is the author of more than fifty articles and has given presentations on aerospace material test procedures related to the safety of spacecraft fire and oxygen systems all over the world.
His contributions to the design of test procedures are still in use today, helping to ensure the safety of astronauts, and a number of his writings may be found in the Library of Congress, which houses the greatest and most comprehensive collection of scientific and technological information in the world. He had an unquenchable thirst for sharing his knowledge with others and working together with people from NASA and all around the world.