Andress Kernick, born April 26, 1926 to Daisy J. Koss and John A. Kernick, passed away on March 10, 2020 restfully in his sleep. Andress was a wonderful man. He graduated early from Shawnee Mission North High School with a letter in music.
Andress was a distinguished viola player and performed in the Overland Park Orchestra. He loved Marjorie, music, chess and bridge, his poodles, his family and friends and his work.
Andress graduated with a double major in electrical and mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas in 1946. His chess playing and bridge playing won him national recognition. He worked on Apollo Space Missions and developed torpedoes.
His master thesis was from the University of Pittsburgh for the degree of Masters of Science, titled, A Static Time (Delay) in 1956. Andress wrote about the “need for static decision devices, followed by the description of the five component functions that are sufficient in building any logic system.” His original work is referred to include “a Mechanical Analogy of the Rectangular Magnetic Loop, a classification of all known time- delay methods, The Coincident Resolving of the Prime-Ring Scaler, The Scaler Element and beyond. “
He helped Marjorie, his loving wife, with her Avon business, helping her deliver her client’s lipstick, rouge, perfume, and soaps.
Andress taught Lila pieces on her violin to include “Meditation” from Thais. Andress was a collector of many things to include stamps, refrigerators and all things of his interest. Andress was wonderful. His friends Dean Truman, Dean of Engineering of UMKC and Dave Vorbeck, Attorney helped him in later years, as his friends and co-workers at Westinghouse did for twenty-nine years.
The story says that NASA called Andress Kernick when they could not get the Apollo 13 back to Earth. Andress instructed them to turn off the tow newly installed inverters, and just run on the one old inverter to lower the energy needed to return to Earth.