December 29, 1932 – June 4, 2017
Michael was both scholar and adventurer. He graduated in engineering physics (UBC) and earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering (Institute of Aeronautics, UK). He served six years as a fighter pilot with the RCAF and four years as a test pilot with Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory. An athlete and inventor, Michael rowed with the UBC “Cinderella Crew” that won gold at the 1954 Commonwealth Games and invented the “Baseball Trajectory Analyzer.” He authored one non-fiction book, consulted on two others and wrote many technical papers. Michael is survived by his wife Virginia “Ginger”; children, Lynn, Brian, Leigh (Daniel Sussman) and Aprille, and their mother, Patricia; grandchildren, Zane, Chloe, Quinn, Declan and Sorelle; and siblings, Moira Johnston Block, Sheilagh Simpson, Brian (Janet Knight) and Gerald (Sherryll).