Bernard Dreyfus Mayer, Jr. was born October 6, 1939, in Enid, Oklahoma, to parents Bernard and Bernice Mayer. Bernie grew up in Enid where his parents owned Mayer's Shoes for many years.
After graduating from Enid High School, Bernie attended the University of Texas at Houston and graduated with a BS degree in Chemistry. Bernie went on to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing graduate work in physical chemistry.
He obtained his MS degree in Mathematics in 1965, from the Mellon College of Science at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Bernie worked at various interesting summer jobs while continuing his education, including Phillips Petroleum (Bartlesville, Oklahoma), Savannah River Laboratory (Aiken, South Carolina), and IBM (Cape Canaveral, Florida).
Bernie joined Mobil Oil Corporation in New York in 1968. His first assignment in Operations Research was to design and implement a simulator to forecast workloads of a computer center with up to three IBM 360 computers. Bernie's career at Mobil Oil continued in the Computer Specialist field until his retirement in 1995. In 1990, he moved to Fairfax, Virginia, when the company relocated its headquarters.
Bernie married Estelle Rubin in 1981, and although they divorced, they remained lifelong friends.
It was at Mobil Oil that Bernie met his long-time partner, Judy Turner. While they knew each other slightly from work, they met socially outside work and became friends, then partners, eventually living together. Judy and Bernie were together for over 27 years, including through his illness.
Bernie had many hobbies and enjoyed the friends he made through them. He was an excellent chess player and an accomplished pianist. He wrote music for two songs that were entered into the Washington Music Association annual contest.
Bernie also loved to travel and he and Judy took many wonderful trips. Bernie enjoyed playing poker and he and Judy went on several Poker Cruises. They also made annual trips to Las Vegas where Bernie could play in poker games and tournaments and indulge in his love of food, especially at the buffets.
Bernie always enjoyed returning to Oklahoma to visit with his friends in Enid and Oklahoma City, and especially to attend his Enid High School reunions.
Bernie will be buried in New York. A memorial service will be held at a future date in Virginia.
If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Bernie to an Enid High School Scholarship Fund, please contact or send donation to:
Central National Bank Trust Department
P. O. Box 3448
Enid, Oklahoma 73701
Published on February 21, 2018