In memory of
Donald John Aldinger
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In memory of
Donald John Aldinger
Aldinger, Donald John SLINGERLANDS Donald John Aldinger, 92, of Slingerlands, left this Earthly existence on Friday, December 30, 2016. Born in Rochester in 1924, he was the son of the late Gustave and Margaret Al-dinger. Donald was married to the former Lois Lallman of Troy, who predeceased him in 2014. They were married in 1946 in Rochester and shared a long life of loving devotion. Donald is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Gary) Masline of East Greenbush and daughter, Nancy (Paul) Nakai of Larkspur, Calif.; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Kelly) Masline of Menands, Sara (Joseph) Kelly of Delmar, Stephanie Nakai, Jonathan (Stephanie) Nakai of San Francisco; and three great-grandchildren living in the Capital District. Donald graduated from high school in Rochester in 1942, and won a full scholarship to R.P.I. in Troy. In 1943, after his freshman year, he joined the Navy as a V-12 engineering student. He completed the remaining three years of his B.S. in mechanical engineering in just a year and nine months, graduating in April, 1945. During this time, Donald met the love of his life, Lois. After Navy Midshipman school at Columbia University, Donald was commissioned and served as the engineering officer aboard the destroyer U.S.S., John R. Craig. Donald then graduated with a master's degree in engineering from the University of Rochester, while employed at Taylor Instrument Companies as a Development Engineer for Industrial Control Systems Products. During his 12 years at Taylor, he received two patents. In 1954, Donald and Lois had a home built in the Rochester suburb of Webster, where they would raise their two daughters. Donald drew the architectural plans for the house. An avid golfer, he and Lois soon joined Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club and were active socially. Donald and Lois also were members of the Webster Presbyterian Church, where they served as deacons. At this time, he also began organ lessons, and continued to enjoy playing. In 1962, Donald designed a new house in Webster located on two acres in a park-like setting near Irondequoit Bay. Donald changed employment in 1959, joining Haloid-Xerox (later Xerox Corporation) as manager of production engineering. He received a number of promotions, and by 1967, was made manager of quality assurance for all of Xerox office copier products. He was known as an inspired leader who mentored staff. In 1981, Donald transferred to the Diablo Systems subsidiary of Xerox in Hayward, Calif. as manager of Systems Engineering, from which he retired in the early 1980s. After buying a retirement home near San Francisco at a golfing community, he and Lois enjoyed many years of golf, an active social life, world travel, family fun and the California weather. They re-located one last time in 2010, this time eastward to the Beverwyck senior apartment complex in Slingerlands, where they made new friends, and enjoyed the nearness of Capital District family members. At the Beverwyck, Donald was an active member of the community. He was naturally funny, and known for his appreciation of humor, and could be depended on for a story or joke to entertain his many friends. The extended family takes comfort in the belief that Donald and Lois are together again. To honor Donald's wishes, there will be no calling hours, and the burial service will be private.
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