Deal patented the laser-based Corner Cube Reflector extraction method for retrieving downed pilots. He also patented the Zero Field MASER, which caught the attention of hydrogen bomb inventor Dr. Edward Teller. Deal had to personally “educate” Teller about his work on the MASER.
Deal was responsible for many significant improvements in military weapons during the 20th century. He was also responsible for improving lives at home. He was recognized for his efforts in advancing women in the work place and was awarded the nation’s Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award. He was also inducted into the Mullens High School Hall of Fame.
In addition to being a brilliant physicist, Deal was a painter, a Pee Wee football coach and a lover of music. His daughters, Kim Deal and Kelley Deal, were the frontwomen for The Breeders, a Dayton-based alternative rock band popular in the 1990s.
Funeral services will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at David’s Mausoleum, 4600 Mad River Road, Kettering.