Gerald Elikann, of Darien, Conn., was Manager of System Engineering. He started at Seaboard in 1955 and continued with Flying Tigers and then FedEx until 2000, a total of 45 years.
Gerald Elikann was born in New York City to the late Harry and Sadye Elikann. He worked in the field of aviation for more than 60 years and was listed in Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine as one of the leading aircraft engineers in the world. He designed numerous aircraft systems such as landing gears and oxygen that were forerunners to those used today. A member of the Greatest Generation, he served in the Army Air Force in World War Two in the Pacific Theater of Operations and was stationed in Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands; Stirling Island in the Treasury Group; Hollandia and Sansapor in New Guinea; Morotai in Indonesia; Palawan and Leyte in the Philippine Islands; and Sidney, Townsville, and Carins in Australia. He was renowned for his extraordinarily sweet disposition, kindness, character and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Leonore (Reiser); his son, Peter of Boston and his daughter, Barbara (Gary) Bloom of New Canaan, Conn; and three grandchildren, Matthew (Katie), Jeremy and Steven. He was predeceased by his brother Robert and twin brother, Larry Elikann, the noted film director.