Peter Thomas Eric Lamm, 65, Troy, Ohio, passed away at his home on Nov. 3. He was born in Cincinnati, on February 14, 1956, to the late Dr. Günter Albert and Charlotte Martha (Heyse) Lamm. On June 20, 1986, he married, Lora Ann Miller, who preceded him in death on January 11, 1993.
Surviving are four sons, their wives and children: Erich and Samantha Lamm and daughters Hazel, Scarlet and Ruby Seaside, CA); Kurt and Heather Lamm, son Bradyn and daughter Addilyn, Tipp City, OH; Paul and Sarah Lamm and son Jonah, Columbus, IN.; Michael and Kendra Lamm and daughters Anora, Emerald, and Valor, Troy, OH.
In addition, he is survived by his brother Mike (Joyce) Lamm, Celina, their daughter (Jennifer Gehm) and son-in-law Auston Gehm, and their children, Shianea, Jareth, and Ashdon. Sharing in the family's grief are close family friends Rachel Keysor and Jessica Apple.
Peter was a 1974 graduate of the former Mendon-Union High School. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, in 1986 and his M.S.in Electrical Engineering from Wright State in 1994. He became of member of the Order of the Engineer in 1990. He worked 31+ years as a plasma physicist for the U.S. Air Force Research Lab at Wright Paterson Air Force Base, Fairborn, before retiring in 2019.
Peter received many awards and honors during his career, the most prestigious of which was the national Meritorious Civilian Service Award, which lauded his "distinguished performance" as a senior electrical engineer over a 10-year period from 2000 to 2010.
In part, the MSCA noted Peter "demonstrated outstanding leadership, management skill, and technical expertise over this ten year period as he spearheaded the development and transitioned world class modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) technology, solving real air vehicle subsystem integration issues of the Air Force." The award concluded, "Peter's contributions have had significant impact on past and present programs and will surely continue to shape the future of DoD weapon systems for years to come as a result of his contribution in advancing air vehicle modeling and simulation techniques and tools."
In 2003, he was the only national recipient of the prestigious Manly Memorial Award, "for the best technical paper related to the theory or practice in the design, construction or research of aerospace engines or their parts, components or accessories."
At his retirement party, co-workers presented Peter with a lab coat decorated with commemorative patches from various programs he was involved in during his career, including the Hubble telescope, the Mars Rover, the MQ-1 Predator drone, the F-35 Lightning ii and the F-15 Eagle.
For the majority of his career, Peter worked in the infamous "Hanger 18", where some believe aliens from the 1947 UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico, are secretly stored. When asked about their existence, Peter would often wryly respond, "We play euchre together every day at lunch." Consequently, (inflatable) aliens attended his retirement party in 2019.
Peter loved the outdoors...and water. He cherished vacations to Michigan with his sons and his brother, where he could canoe, kayak, and relax. He also loved the ocean, where he could swim, snorkel, and scuba dive. In addition, he enjoyed travel, playing and listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. He took special pride in the accomplishments of his sons.
Lehman-Dzendzel funeral home, Celina, is entrusted with his arrangements. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the funeral home from 1-3 p.m., Nov. 16, with a graveside memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. at North Grove Cemetery in Celina, with the Rev. Aaron Simmons officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to Kindred Hospice 7887 Washington Village Dr, Dayton, Ohio 45459. Condolences may be shared with the Lamm family on-line at www.lehmandzendzelFH.com
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