Obituary: Richard C. Babish, patented inventor

Richard C. Babish, September 17, 1918 - October 29, 2017.

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, patented inventor.

Richard passed peacefully at home. He was a MIT graduate, class of 1940 and was a Radiation Lab member and an optics developer for the Cinerama and Cinemiracle movie companies. He joined the Perkin-Elmer Corporation in 1954 and worked in the optical department providing technical expertise for numerous commercial and government projects.

He was very proud of his recognized work on the now de-classified U.S. government Hexagon (KH9 or Big Bird) reconnaissance satellite program which provided the allies with crucial information during WWII. He also provided technical guidance for the Hubble Space Telescope mirror which has provided all of mankind with amazing views of the universe.

Predeceased by the love of his life, Josita, his brothers, Frances and Robert and sisters, Connie and Gloria.

He is survived by his son James (Anne-Marie) and daughter Tina (Ted) Sonntag; grandchildren, David Babish (Angela), Christina Coccia (Vincent) and Michael Babish (Kerri), Aislinn, Cara, and Emmett Sonntag. Great grandfather to six, uncle to nine.

He was an amazing life well lived. He will be missed by many.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church St., Georgetown. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 229 Danbury Rd., Wilton. Burial in Hillside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to either Our Lady of Fatima Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Josita Babish.

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