Ron Orr '66 (1944-2011)
After graduating from MacMurray College in 1966, I never thought or dreamed of how my education and experiences at Mac would have such a large influence on my life. The classroom instructions and the interaction with my classmates and fellow students both prepared me for the various situations that I have faced during my private and professional life. That education has contributed to what I believe to be a very satisfying life and career.
After graduation, Ron Orr began a career in what is now called "Information Technology." He spent over 40 years in the information technology field with 30 years with Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin. While at Martin Marietta, he provided computer systems design and programming support for such projects as the Titan Launch Vehicle System, the Multiple Docking Adapter for Skylab, the Viking Mars Lander, the External Tank for Space Shuttle (where he attended the "roll out" of the very first External Tank), the Peace Keeper Ballistic Missile System, and systems support for the Federal Aviation Administration's National Airspace Modernization Plan.
After leaving Martin Marietta, Orr worked as a programmer/analyst on various projects for such clients as AT&T (Universal Billing System), Sallie Mae (Florida Abandoned Property System), Citicorp Credit Services (Collections Group for the World MasterCard and CitiCards credit cards), and the Department of Education (Common Origination and Disbursement Student Loan System).
Ron completed an assignment with Apex Systems Inc., where he provided support as a Software Test Engineer to the Systems Test Group of Computer Sciences Corporation for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's Medicare Advantage Part D Prescription Drug System (MARx).
Ron married his wife, Connie, in 1978. She is a traffic assistant for American Honda Motor Company. In his spare time, Orr enjoyed reading, photography, and model railroading. His favorite memories of MacMurray were of Dr. Palmer (humanities oral final exam) and graduation day.
Ron was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. At the time of Ron's passing in 2011, he was serving a term on the Alumni Association Board and was co-chair of the awards committee.