Alan V. Lemmon, 78, government computer worker, enjoyed barbershop singing, magic

By on December 14, 2016

Alan Vernon Lemmon, 78, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Dec. 5, 2016.

He was born Feb. 22, 1938, in St. Louis, Miss., to the late Vernon Wilbur and Elizabeth Reel Lemmon. On Jan. 21, 1978, he was united in marriage to Susanna Leid Lemmon, who survives him. She is a former resident of New Holland.

He is also survived by his sister: Janet Lemmon, Moscow Mills, Mo. He was preceded in death by his brother: Eric Lemmon, Lompoc, Calif.

Alan received Christ as his savior in 1965 after hearing the Gospel at Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston, while a student at Harvard, and was baptized in 1966.

He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.; and his master’s and PhD in applied mathematics: computer science, from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. His professional career centered on scientific research and software design. From 1969 to 1984, he worked for the Mitre Corp. in McLean, Va., doing state-of-the-art computer research and development work for the Defense Communications Agency, associated with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. From 1984 until he retired in 2003, Alan was employed by GTE Laboratories in Waltham, Mass. Upon retirement Alan and Susanna moved to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Lemmons were active members of The Church of the Incarnation (Anglican) of Harrisonburg, Va., where Susanna is still a member.

Alan was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He also was a member of various church choirs; as well as a member of the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, a barbershop chorus in Harrisonburg, Va. He also enjoyed a lifelong interest in science, various types of puzzles, and performing sleight-of-hand magic tricks.

Services were held Dec. 11 at The Church of the Incarnation, in Harrisonburg, Va. Interment will be Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Weaverland Frame Church Cemetery, in East Earl.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VMRC Foundation: 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802; or to The Church of the Incarnation Building Fund: 57 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be made to the family at McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisburg, Va., handled the arrangements.

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