Rex Allan Hoover, 75, of Sumerduck, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, after a two-year fight with cancer.
Mr. Hoover served nine years in the U.S. Navy as a CE1 Seabee (construction electrician and nuclear power plant operator and instructor), worked 25 years for IBM as an engineer, scientist and manager, and founded his own robotics manufacturing company, TriTek Corp., alongside his family.
While in the Navy, he helped Crew V set a world record for continuous nuclear power plant operation over the long Antarctic winter night. In addition, he co-founded The 200 Club, a McMurdo Base tradition of subjecting the body to a 200-degree temperature differential, setting a world record of -60° F exposure for one minute.
He designed microchips for IBM that were 10 years or more ahead of their time, including a Pentium-equivalent processor in the early 1980s. He published trade journal articles and made many conference presentations to improve the state of the art in Very Large Scale Integrated design and laboratory business measurements. His pioneering work in Scanning Electron Microscopy techniques helped make the SEM an essential quality control tool for semiconductor electronics manufacturing.
He earned eight patents for his ideas related to robotic microscopy while working alongside his sons in his lifelong dream of a family business. His microscopes are installed in 17 countries around the world, helping people make remote medical diagnoses, inspect radioactive materials and discover cures for disease.
Most amazingly, Mr. Hoover balanced his exemplary career with family life in an uncommon way, always making time for his children’s athletic competitions, school concerts and awards ceremonies. Not only did he never miss a game, he was often the coach. His leadership helped shape young minds and springboard them into both athletic and professional careers.
Mr. Hoover believed we should leave the world a better place. He wrote countless letters to the editor for local newspapers for almost three decades, expressing his love for our country and his desire to make it great. He ran for the Lee District seat on the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors in 2015 to try to make a difference for future generations.
He was strong and able in life, using his strength and skills to help others whenever needed. After his Stage IV diagnosis, Mr. Hoover far surpassed the typical cancer life expectancy. He will be missed by the countless people whose lives he touched. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, a manager, a coach, a mentor, and a friend. All who knew him hailed him as “the smartest man I’ve ever known.”
Mr. Hoover leaves behind his faithful and precious wife, Patricia Hoover; his children, Tom Hoover and wife Dolores of Salt Point N.Y., Sherri Vertucci of Fort Hunter N.Y., Robert Hoover and wife Anne)of Woodbridge and Angie Hoover and partner Bill Yeatts of Bristow; his grandchildren, Ashlee Wirtz and husband Brian of San Diego, Thomas Hoover and wife Amanda of Corinth N.Y., Richard Vertucci, Alexander Vertucci and Jillian Vertucci of Fort Hunter, N.Y., Xander Cook and Tristan Cook of Bristow and Devon Hoover and Kayla Hoover of Woodbridge; his great-grandson, William Hoover of Corinth, N.Y.; his sister, Ruth Hoffman of Akron Ohio, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 11, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Remington. The interment service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at Quantico National Cemetery.