Dorian Shainin, who boosted the quality of everything from lunar landers to light bulbs, died of heart failure Friday. He was 85.
Shainin, of Manchester, founded Shainin LLC, a company that solves technical problems for companies around the world. Clients include United Technologies Corp., IBM, General Motors, and 40 other Fortune 100 companies.
Shainin's most satisfying assignment was his work to improve the reliability of the Apollo 13's lunar landing module, said his son, Richard Shainin. When the mission went awry, the mechanism served as a life raft for the three astronauts.