Harold Paul Hemke

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Foi Professor Associado do Departamento de Operações e Manutenção da Divisão de Aeronaves em 1956 e 1957

Nota do Seattle Times de Agosto de 2000:

January 15, 1917 - August 4, 2000

Hal died peacefully in his sleep after a struggle with lung cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Iola, and his daughters, Helene Dowd and husband Mike of Seattle, Carol Gaynor and husband Bill of Portland.

Hal was born in Atlanta, Georgia and educated at Case-Western Reserve and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Aeronautical Engineering. From 1939 until retirement in 1981, he was engaged in aviation or aviation related professional activities, primarily involving the expansion of the air transport industry and its transformation from propeller to jet aircraft.

It was while with Pan American Grace Airways in Lima, Peru that he met and married Iola. His career in aviation took them to Argentina, Brazil, California, Florida and finally to the Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle. His ability to speak Spanish and Portuguese allowed him to travel the globe for Boeing, culminating in a 5-year Boeing-Iberia assignment in Madrid, Spain.

Hal's hobbies included boating, fishing and gun sports. He and his grandson Mark spent many hours fishing the waters of Puget Sound. He was a strong community activist who, as a member of the University Community Council, volunteered untold hours helping to support the causes of thoughful and humane urban planning.

His work as a member of the University Plaza condominium board also filled his time. All of the people he worked with in these endeavors were his great friends and allies, of whom he spoke very fondly.

Cremation arrangements were through Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle. At his request there will be be no services. There will be a private family gathering at Lake View Cemetery. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Swedish Hospice Care, 5701 6th Avenue South, Suite 501, Seattle, WA. 98108.


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