Dr. Jerry Chalmers McCall
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Dr. Jerry Chalmers McCall passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at his home in Baton Rouge, with his family by his side. Dr. McCall is survived by his wife, Margaret; three daughters and sons-in-law, Betsy and Greg Anderson, Lynn and David Aldridge, and Kim and Joe Miller; sister, Mary MacCauley; and brother, Ned. Jerry, a native of Oxford, Miss., graduated from Ole Miss in 1951, and the University of Illinois in 1959 with a Ph.D. in mathematics. His grandfather, E.C. Huffaker, worked with the Wright brothers and developed the Huffaker Glider in 1896, displayed in the Smithsonian. Huffaker was a great influence on his grandson's life and career. Dr. McCall's career highlights included helping develop one of the first four computers at the University of Illinois. He later worked in industry and the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency in the application of large computers to various engineering problems. In 1960, he became assistant to Dr. Wernher von Braun, director of the Manned Lunar Landing Program. In 1963, he became deputy director of Research and Development at all NASA laboratories in Huntsville, which employed more than 5,000 employees, to develop the first rocket to fly to the moon. After leaving Huntsville, Dr. McCall served as the executive vice chancellor of Ole Miss for several years before moving in 1976 to Gulfport, Miss., where he became the director of the NOAA Data Buoy Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Dr. McCall lived in Gulfport for 31 years. He served multiple terms as chairman of the Federal United Givers Fund. He was an active member of the Yacht Club, the Gulfport Rotary Club and the Bayou Bluff Tennis Club. A member of Who's Who in America, Jerry contributed greatly to mankind, but he was first and foremost a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by all. Visitation at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1 p.m. until memorial service at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Larry O'Dell. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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Published in The Advocate from Sep. 6 to Sep. 7, 2007.
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September 23, 2007
Margaret & Family

A heart-felt sympathy goes out to you on the love of your life, Jerry. Although my interaction with Jerry was often brief, my inpressions of him are lasting ones.
A highly intellectual man,motiviated to achieve any job to the best of his ability; yet, one who gave the needs of others top priority. One of a kind!
Bob Usey
September 12, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jerry enriched many lives.
Carlisle and Marianna Carothers
September 7, 2007
Margaret and Family,
Dr. McCall hired me in 1984 to work on his staff at the National Data Buoy Center. He encouraged women to advance and was always very supportive of his staff. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities he afforded all the employees to better themselves. He will be greatly missed.
Penny Parker
September 7, 2007
Margaret, I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. Both of you have been in my life for so long. I miss you and think of you often. He was such an accomplished man and he was very lucky to have you.
Barbara Gay Steece
September 7, 2007
Janice and I convey our deepest sympathy to you and the family on Jerry's passing. I still remember the good time we had establishing a mooring for the houseboat in Back Bay.
Warm regards,
CAPT Jim Umberger, USCG
Dep.Director NDBC '89-'92
CAPT Jim Umberger
September 7, 2007
I was very saddened to hear of Jerry's death. I came to the National Data Buoy Center in 1988 and Dr. McCall became my teacher as well as my boss. He was enlightening and challenging; and I admired him very much. We have many fond memories at NDBC of Jerry's years here.

May you all find peace in the memories he gave you. My prayers are with you all.
Glenda Schornick
September 7, 2007
To Margaret and the McCall Family, Jerry was an inspirational man who loved his family, community, church, country and Ole Miss. He served them all with distinction and touched many lives along the way. Janie joins me in expressing our love, thoughts and prayers to you in this time of loss. May God richly bless you with a special measure of His love, peace, strength and understanding.
Dennis Dollar
September 6, 2007
Dear Margret:
Lois and I were deeply sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I have great memories of him teaching me calcus at Ole Miss; knowing him again with NASA in Huntsville and at SSC;and kidding with him at the GYC.I will miss having to deal with all the "great" and sometimes "not great" suggestions he had for improving operations at SSC. I enjoyed knowing and working with Jerry thru the years.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love: Jack and Lois Rogers
Jack Rogers
September 6, 2007
Jerry was a gifted person. I appreciateed the leadership he provided while he was an administrator at Ole Miss.
Gerald Walton
September 6, 2007
Dear Margaret and family,
Ned kept Linda and I apprised and we've had Jerry and you in our prayers. Knowing Jerry was my great privilege; being close to the whole McCall family when I grew up in Oxford was an absolute honor for me. When I was at Ole Miss, Jerry invited me to Huntsville where he introduced me to some of his colleagues and the experience of witnessing a static firing of one of the Saturn rocket's main engines. That is a trip I will never forget and confirmed for me my decision to enter Air Force pilot training. Oxford has a rich history of producing people like Jerry who go on in life to make major contributions to the science and technology that keeps our nation strong and improves the quality of life for all. Jerry inspired and challenged youth to pursue their dreams and strive to succeed well beyond their self-perceived capabilities. His legacy is lasting. We are all richly blessed to have known Jerry. We look forward to seeing you in Oxford next time you come this way. God Bless.

Harley & Linda Garrett
Harley Garrett
September 6, 2007
Jerry was a great member of University High School, Class of '45 plus playing Bass Horn in the Band and Guard on the Yellowjacket Football Team.
Taylor McElroy
Sect.&Treas., UHS Class of '45
Taylor McElroy
September 6, 2007
Jerry was a great member of UHS Class of '45 plus playing Bass Horn in the Band and Guard on The Yellowjack Football Team.
Taylor McElroy
Sect. & Treas., UHS Class of '45
Taylor McElroy
September 6, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. McCall was a brilliant man. I was awed by his accomplishments in life. He helped raise some great kids too.
Mack Harper
September 6, 2007
Dear Lynn and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I was fortunate to meet your dad on several occasions and he was always so full of life and joy. I remember all the stories that you would tell about growing up and about your dad. He struck me as a great man and wonderful father and grandfather. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Rebecca, Greg, and Evie Trahan
Rebecca Trahan
September 6, 2007
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time ~
Carol (Combs) Smith
September 6, 2007
Margaret and Family: Jerry hired me at the National Data Buoy Center in 1992. We had a great relationship, and I have fond memories of him. He was a one of a kind individual and will be missed by all.

My warmest sympathies and heartfelt wishes go out to you and your family.

Dan Laurent
NDBC 1992-2005
Dan Laurent
September 6, 2007
Margaret, I am very sorry to hear about Jerry. I always enjoyed his company...especially yours. Please know that You, Jerry and family will remain in our prayers. Jerry was such a 1st Class kind of Guy....a true Gentleman. Peace.
Victor & Emily Sheely
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