ALFRED STOESSELL Obituary (2021) – Washington, DC
STOESSELL ALFRED LLOYD STOESSELL Alfred Lloyd Stoessell of Falls Church, VA passed away peacefully at the MDS home on September 29, 2021, his family sadly reports. Lloyd is survived by Pamela Becker Stoessell, his beloved wife of 50 years, the children he was so proud of, Terrell Benke (Erik) of Bethesda, MD and Todd Stoessell (Megan) of Sherborn, MA, and the grandchildren. children he loved so much, Jorian, Dresden, and Jasper Benke and Graham and Elinor Stoessell. He was the brother of Marilyn Seifert (Karl) of Florida and Germany and Ron Stoessell of North Carolina, and the son of Alfred Stoessell and Marcella Prieto Stoessell, both of whom predeceased him. Lloyd was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1941 and grew up in the small Cajun town of Crowley and the lakeside town of Mandeville, where he enjoyed hunting, camping, traveling, sailing and earning the Eagle Scout badge. After graduating from Crowley High School, he enrolled in the Honors program at Louisiana State University and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Lloyd graduated with honors in 1962 with a triple major in chemistry, physics and mathematics. He was commissioned from the ROTC as a regular officer in the Air Force. He was discharged from active duty on a National Science Foundation scholarship to study high energy physics at Cornell University where he received a master’s degree in 1965. Lloyd’s active duty assignments were with the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, New Mexico, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency. , Washington, DC, where he participated in research programs on high energy laser weapons and adaptive optics. While skiing in Pennsylvania in 1971, he met Pam. They married six months later. At the end of the Vietnam War, he resigned his commission to continue working as a civilian employee on high energy laser weapons programs with first army staff and then the Navy Sea Systems Command. In 1984, to support President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDIO), he worked as a civilian employee of the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) and later SDIO on space interceptors, ground-based missile defense systems and the Israeli Arrow program. He retired in 2002. Once retired, Lloyd and Pam continued to travel and spend time with Terrell and Todd and their families. With his love of learning, he continued to take courses online and at Marymount University. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, consider donating on his behalf to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22207 or Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads Foundation, PO Box 1510, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041. memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, consider donating on his behalf to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22207 or Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads Foundation, PO Box 1510, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041.
Posted by The Washington Post on October 3, 2021.