Stanislaw (Stan) A. Milianowicz, passed peacefully on February 26, 2021 at age 94 from natural causes at Leisure World in Silver Spring with his family present.
Stan, born in Poland in 1926, led a remarkable life. During World War II, he and his mother were forcibly repatriated by Russian troops to Kazakstan where they lived in a hut with mud floors and he was forced to drive oxen in the fields at the age of 13. Stan was saved by the Allies’ efforts to create a Polish Corp to fight the Nazis; he attended a military school in Palestine and eventually served in the British Royal Air Force in England, attended Huddersfield Polytechnic College, and married his wife of 68 years -- Mary (Sutton) Milianowicz. He and his family (including daughter Alexandra) moved to Wales, Canada, and California before settling in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
Stan was an electrical engineer for many years with the Westinghouse Electric Company, where he was awarded 50 patents related to his work in circuit-breakers. His scientific pursuits beyond work included astronomy (he designed and manufactured an observatory housing a large telescope with a 22-inch mirror) and physics (he experimented with nuclear fusion and propulsion for a sustainable flying saucer). Stan also published two books on refinements to Einstein’s theories on relativity.
Stan is survived by Mary, his daughter Alexandra Eva Curtis (Lee), grandchildren Adrian (Sofia Juarez) and Alicia Curtis (John Scott Rattan), and great grandson Nicholas Curtis, all living in Montgomery County. Also surviving Stan is his cousin Teresa Okon of Ontario, Canada and her immediate family -- husband Jan, and daughters Izabela and Dominica.
A memorial to celebrate Stan’s life will be planned later this year as conditions permit.
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