Michael Kenneth Myers, 77, possessed a scholarly demeanor with a passion for excellence

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Michael Kenneth Myers
Michael Kenneth Myers

Michael Kenneth Myers died October 29th at his home in Williamsburg, VA. A man of impeccable character and significant accomplishment, he leaves behind a remarkable legacy.

Born May 18th, 1939 to Kenneth E. Myers and Vivian M. Stark, Michael Myers grew up in Portland, Oregon. He received a B.A. from Willamette University (1962) and continued his education at Columbia University, where he attained a B.S. (1962), M.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1966). After serving as an Associate Professor at Columbia, he helped establish the Joint Institute for Advancement of Flight Sciences (JIAFS) at George Washington University (GWU) in 1973.

Over the next thirty-years, as Director of the Aeroacoustics Program at JIAFS, Professor Michael Myers published dozens of technical papers, educated hundreds of students and served in a variety of professional positions.

Perhaps his seminal work came in 1980, when he published “On the Acoustic Boundary Condition in the Presence of Flow” in the Journal of Sound and Vibration. The work’s impact was indelible: the Myers Boundary Condition – as it came to be known – is now well-established in acoustics. He won numerous awards and honors throughout his career, beginning with the prestigious Illig Medal from Columbia University in 1962.

He belonged to five academic honor societies (Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma and Pi Tau Sigma), was a Member of the Acoustical Society of America, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and served as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at GWU from 1999 to 2008, eventually retiring as Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

A passion for excellence and a scholarly demeanor infused his life. Humble, yet extraordinarily capable, he was the kind of man others looked to for guidance; he held numerous leadership positions in his community and church and worked with the Salvation Army to help those less fortunate.

An irreplaceable figure, Michael K. Myers is survived by his wife of 37 years (Sheila Myers), two sons (Mark and Christopher Myers), two stepchildren (Lisa and Greg Whitesides) and four grandchildren (Max, Colin, Erin and Fern).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army or the American Cancer Society in his name.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA. Burial will be in Portland, or at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsencares.com.