Gehrig, James J., 1921-2003


Gehrig, James J., 1921-2003


Bio: James Joseph Gehrig, also Jim Gehrig, (b. Nov. 7, 1921, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; d. Sept. 12, 2003) moved to Manitowoc at a young age. He majored in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, but had his studies interrupted by his time of service in World War II when he was a platoon leader in the Philippine Islands. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics. He also studied at the University of Delaware and University of California Los Angeles. He later completed his masters in mathematics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He started his professional career in applied mathematics and modeling at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, working there from 1949 to 1953. He worked for Northrop Aircraft, Inc., as a supervisor in advanced design for eight years. In 1961, he moved to Washington D.C., where he worked as a special assistant to United Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri, who at that time was a member of the U.S. Senate Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee. Gehrig eventually served as staff director of the same committee.


LBJ Connection: Special assistant to United Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri