Passings - 2009

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Phillip Turner Hoffman, Sr., 74, died on July 27, 2009 in St. Louis, MO, of lung complications. Phil was born in Rochester, NY on November 22,1935. He graduated from the University of Rochester. Phil served our country as a Naval Aviator in the late 1950's and early 1960's. He went to work to work for Pan Am after being honorable discharged from the Navy. He was Chief
Pilot of Pan Am's Falcon Jet Div. He retired in 1989 as a Boeing 747 Captain. Beloved husband of Kathryn Hoffman and loving partner of Jean James, dear father of Phillip T. Hoffman, Jr. and Julie Walsh.

from Capt. Walter "Wally" Hoffman ( no relation, but he called me "DAD"!)

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Frederick Crew Burton, 86, Palm Coast, Florida passed away on September 13, 2009 at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House. As a young man my Dad served in the U.S. Airforce where he was the Flight Officer of the B-17 bombers during WWII. He found his love of flying which led him to a a glorious carreer as a Captain of the 747 for Pan American Airways for 35 years. He retired to Palm Coast 25 years ago with his wife, Louise, where they shared their lives with friends and of course us "3 Kiddos."  My dad was an avid golfer enjoying a few eagles in his day. My parents were active members in Pine Lakes Country Club, Matanzas and the Palm Coast Club as well.  l know he is missed by all who knew him especially my Mom, Brothers,and of course Dads' are a "Girls" best friend, daughter Lee Ann.

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Bob Crouse died on Thanksgiving 2009. Bob was the man most responsible for the Clipper Pioneer lunch in Port Jefferson on Long Island every June.

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Grant Alvin Baker, 91, died Nov. 10, 2009, at Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart. He was born in Wabash, Ind., and lived in Stuart for 30 years, coming from Coral Gables. He graduated from Michigan State University, was a member of the Mensa Society and a renowned scuba diver. He served as captain for Pan Am out of Miami, retiring 31 years ago. Survivors includes his wife of 67 years, Loretta, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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Dave Garber passed away on Oct. 22, 2009 at age 81, in an airplane accident. He and a local Leesburg businessman departed Athens Ga. headed for Leesburg  Fl.  Dave was hoping to sell the aircraft. He was flying a Japanese version of a T-34 (a Fuji), and evidently had an engine fail on takeoff. They crashed about a mile from Athens.

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Jim Shaver died suddenly last Sat. PM - Oct 31st, 2009. Jim came to work for Pan AM in 1966 and retired in 1988. He flew as engineer, navigator and co-pilot on all the Boeing aircraft Pan Am had during that time and the airbus. He met his wife, Joan, at Pan Am. His younger son David predeceased Jim. That crushed him deeply. He is survived further by a son Fritz, and 2 grandchildren of Aptos, CA. Jim is already missed by his many friends and family.

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Carolyn Van, wife of PanAm/United retired Captain George Van lost her two year battle with cancer on October 21st, 2009. There will be a memorial service for her on Sunday November 15th at the Villages Club House at 1 P.M.

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George William Wadsworth, 86, of Clearwater, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2009 at his summer residence in Louisville TN, surrounded by his family  He led an active life including service in the United States Navy as a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea.  A graduate of the University of Miami, he had a distinguished 32 year career with Pan American World Airways, culminating as captain of one of the first “Jumbo Jets”, the Boeing 747. After retirement he remained active as owner of several businesses, held a real estate license, was a successful inventor, and continued taking college courses well into his eighties.  He enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge, poker and chess. 

He was a loving and devoted father of two daughters and a son, grandfather of 10 young men, and a loving husband for 63 years.  He is survived by his wife Jean, daughters Terry and her husband Michael Flanery of Clearwater Florida, daughter Jeannine and her husband Dr. William Burkhart of Knoxville, and son George Howard “Beau” and his wife Jacqui Wadsworth of Knoxville.  He leaves grandsons Michael, William, Nathan and Adam Flanery, William; Matthew, James, and John Burkhart; Tyler Wadsworth, with Beau’s stepchildren Nathan, Jake and Grace Alexander.  Great granddaughter Michaela Flanery was born to Noel Flanery on George’s 83rd birthday; the first female in 53 years born to the Wadsworth family. 

He was preceded in death by his sister Joan Wadsworth White of Lexington, KY and St. Petersburg, FL, and his grandson Nicholas Wadsworth, age 11. 

George lives on through his family and many friends, as all were touched by the principles by which he lived: trustworthiness, honesty, fairness, integrity, love of learning, and good humor.  He was a true gentleman. We will all remember him with pride and love. 

A memorial service will be scheduled for January in Clearwater. His ashes will be interred at the East Tennessee Veterans’ Cemetery in Knoxville.

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Robert (Bob) Haws, former Flight Engineer, passed away on October 9, 2009 from cancer. After nine years in the Air Force, Bob joined Pan Am and worked the next 35 years doing what he loved so much, especially the 747. Bob was married to his wife Mary Jane for 56 years, and is also survived by one son and one granddaughter.

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It is with deep regret and sorrow to report the death of Captain Archie Propps this past Tuesday, October 28th 2009 after a long illness.

Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Respectfully,
Jerry Cassidy

Archie L. Propps, 92 of Astor passed away at his residence on October 27, 2009. He was born in Columbus, Arkansas in 1917. Arch was a flight instructor for the US Army Air Corps during WWII. He learned to fly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and went to work with Pan-American Airlines in 1942 and retired as a captain in 1977. Arch was a member of the First United Methodist Church of DeLand and the PAA Clipper Pioneers. He was much loved by his family and friends. Survivors include his daughter Kathleen Langford and her husband Bruce of Coconut Grove, FL; granddaughters Tiffany Thompson and husband Jeff of Highpoint, NC, Lisa Langford of Miami and Lauren Langford of San Francisco; great-grandchildren Kaia and Chloe Thompson, sister Margaret Chappell (Edwin and Hugh); his dear companion Dean Beacham and his former wife Mercedes Propps of Miami. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 31 at 11am at the First United Methodist Church in DeLand with Reverend Owen Stricklin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 4008, Enterprise, FL, 32725, Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 or the charity of one’s choice.  Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home (386)734-4663 in DeLand is in charge

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FEO Robert P. Scarsdale of Park Ridge NJ passed away in 2009. No further information available.

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Capt. Mike Oliver passed away earlier in 2009.

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Evangeline Vickery, the widow of Flight Radio Officer Leslie C. Vickery (1940 to 1954), completed her time on earth July 13, 2009.  Married 63 years at the time of Leslie's passing on 12-25-04 at 12:25 am, she is survived by one son, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.  Fatefully, 4 1/2 years apart, Leslie and Evangeline's cause of death would be the same.  They each experienced a second episode of aspiration pneumonia within two weeks of the first.  Her birthday in 2008 was a great celebration when she turned 88 on 08-08-08! (aux)

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Stan Sabalis, flight engineer for 43 years, passed away Sept. 15, 2009. He is survived by his wife Kathleen and five children.

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Captain William James Willis passed away Sept. 30, 2009 in Carlsbad, CA. at the age of 88 from natural causes. Born in San Diego on June 15, 1921, to Charles and Emma Willis, he was the son of a blacksmith, at a time when the family horse could run from Broadway to Point Loma unimpeded.

He took flying lessons at Ryan Aircraft, flew the mail by biplane in Arizona at age 20, and by the age of 22, was a member of a small group of aviation pioneers, piloting the Pan Am Clipper across the Pacific prior to World War II.  His intellect and stamina, fueled 38-1/2 years with PanAm, including the years during the war that PanAm because part of the Navy.  The almost ten million miles that he logged were recalled through stories of the good old days when the head winds, torrential rains, and hidden runways of every continent were as familiar to him as downtown streets.

In retirement, he and his fellow pilots talked wistfully of the Aurora Borealis and the beauty of Beirut, joked about lost engines and wings flexing under the power of typhoons, and thoughtfully recalled tying off the Clipper to a buoy in Pearl Harbor after 24 hours of flight.

He is survived by his adored wife of 65 years, Illean Willis, their three children, Patty Backer, Bill Willis, and Rob Willis, and their two granddaughters, Tricia Bagnas and Carly Heredia.  No son, daughter, or granddaughter could be more proud, and we will not forget the constant reminders of the thoughtfulness, generosity, and commitment that their shared lives expressed.  With memories of his teaching granddaughters to ride their bikes, and the regular reminders to his kids that he was there to help, we remember now the happy, twinkling blue eyes, and the constant love he had for his wife and family.

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Captain Richard (Dick) Allen died at age 84 on October 8, 2009. He flew with Pan American for 32 years starting in 1951 as a Navigator on the Lockheed Constellation, and after spending a large portion of his life sitting in the cockpit of the Boeing 707, finished his career in 1983 as a Captain on the Boeing 747. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, and 2 grandchildren, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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George Price passed away yesterday Sunday, October 4, 2009, after a long illness. A Memorial service will be held 4 PM Saturday, October 10, at the Stanfill Funeral Home, 10545 So Dixie Highway Miami, FL.

Our sympathy and condolences are extended to his wife Antoinette, and family.May he rest in peace.

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Donald H Townshend, age 91,passed away peacefully at home in 2009. Following his graduation from Penn State with a degree in Engineering, he reported to Brownsville TX and the start of his career with Pan American World Airways. He retired in 1981 after 40 years as a Flight Engineer for Pan Am. He is survived by his wife Kathleen,son Donald H Townshend II, daughters Sandra Craig and Patricia Beedenbender, extended family, including 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be missed !!

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Captain“ Hal” Parker, died at his home June 1,2009 one month before his 95th Birthday. Though failing in health the past few months he remained alert to the end. He was a peaceful and happy man, accepting life as it came, truly without worry or stress. He quietly loved his family and friends, and is remembered as a good man. His intelligence and practical advice was a gift to us all. He remains to us, a symbol of our heritage and what is right in the world. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Read more >>>>>

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Victor MeyerVictor V. Meyer, 88. Beloved father, husband, grandfather and friend. Born in Brooklyn, NY he was raised in Patchogue, NY (Long Island) and employed by Pan American World Airways for 41 years starting as a mechanic on flying boats on Trans Atlantic service. After a 10 month posting to a remote African base, he returned to New York and was hired as a flight mechanic on the famous Pan Am Clippers flying to Europe, Africa and South America. Married to Marion Lonegan in 1943. He served as a flight engineer during WWII with the US Air Transport Command flying C-54 aircraft on military routes to Africa, Asia and Europe and was honorably discharged in 1945 to continue his career with Pan Am. He flew Pan Am's DC-4, DC-6, Lockheed Constellations, until he transferred to Miami in 1957. He upgraded to Douglas DC-8s and Boeing 707s and completed his career on Boeing 747s retiring in 1981 with over 33,000 hours and thousands of safe crossings of the Atlantic Ocean. A member of the American Legion Post 31, S. Miami Coral Gables Elks Lodge 1678, Pan Am - National Retiree's Assn. , Pan Am Clipper Pioneers and maintained his late wife's membership in the Starlighters. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years and is survived by daughter, Linda M. Meyer, Son Victor A. Meyer (Ann Marie) and granddaughters, Melinda and Ellen. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, September 7, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Park South Cemetery - 11655 SW 117 Avenue, Miami, Florida. VAN ORSDEL-KENDALL DRIVE 11220 Kendall Dr. 305-279-6644 Family Owned Since 1924 www.vanorsdel.com To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.

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William Urban, former flight engineer with Pan American, passed away after long sickness, June 24, 2009. He flew the DC8 out of New York, flew the 727 out of Berlin and finally for 3 years 747 out of Los Angeles. He is survived bhis wife Rosemarie, former New York based stewardess, and daughter Natascha, who resides with husband and son in Dubai, U A E.

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Leldon Foy (Buddy) Beard, Pan Am Flight Engineer (ret) passed away peacefully with his wife of 67 years, Marjorie Winans Beard, by his side on Sunday, September 6, 2009. He was born in Groesbeck, Texas on July 12, 1918, to Lee Roy Beard and Ruby Myrtle Beard. He moved to Richmond, Texas, as an infant and after later moving to Rosenberg, graduated from Rosenberg High School in 1936.

He attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1941 with Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering degrees. Unable to receive his commission and serve his country during World War II because of a high school football injury he accepted a position with Pan American World Airways in Brownsville, Texas where he met and married Marjorie in 1942. Read more >>>>>

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Captain Robert C. Evans died at age 93 on August 13, 2009 of cardiovascular disease.  His first flights as a copilot with Pan Am were from Dinner Key in Miami in Sikorsky Flying Boats.  His last flight at retirement was as a Master Captain in a Boeing 747.  He often said he would have paid Pan Am for all the fun and satisfaction he experienced in his many flights throughout the world.  He is survived by his wife Wilma, four children and many grandchildren.   

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LUCY WISE REEDER passed away Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 at the age of 95. Born in Brownsville, TX she was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her son Robert S. Reeder and grandchildren Joseph Reeder and Stefanie King. She spent 37 years in the service of Pan American Airways. A devout Catholic and selfless person, Lucy was adored by all and will be missed dearly. A memorial service will be held Tuesday September 1st at 1pm at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Clear Lake.

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Don Roth passed away at age 79 on August 8th, 2009 in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. He was hired by Pan Am in 1956, and lived in Torch Lake, Michigan.
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Captain Rennie Hargraves passed away August 6th, 2009. Rennie was 91 years old.No funeral arrangement as of this writing. He is survived by his wife Barbara.
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Harold Odom - MIA based, passed away recently with cancer. No further details. Passed in 2009.
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Marjory Munn 88, passed on July 25, 2009. She was one of four WASP (Women Auxiliary Service Pilots) hired by Pan American as stewardess because they were denied the right to be hired as pilots in the late 1940s.
At the Pan Am / Coeur d'Alene reunion, Marjory gave an stunning 50 minute presentation of her life without notes. At the end of her talk she announced "that she was fighting the battle of her life with colon cancer." She is a loss to the stewardess ranks and especially to the Pan Am group.

Unfortunately, the story of the four WASP and their association with Pan Am was never publicized. May Marjory Rest In Peace.

Click here for Marjory's story.
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Jack Eagan Jr passed away Sunday, July 12, 2009. Jack was 91 and my neighbor for 43 years. It is my understanding Jack was in the Clipper cockpit before and during WW2 for Pan American. I think he spent the rest of his career with them. Jack is survived by daughters, Joanne Eagan and Linda Melgar plus two grandchildren.

When I told another neighbor, Byrne Hull of Jack's passing, Byrne looked upward and said, "Have a nice flight Jack". What a grand fellow was Jack. ~Bill Russ
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Paul Reinders was killed in a light plane accident in Alaska sometime in June 2009.
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Phil Hoffman passed away last weekend (2009). He had a lung transplant recently - no further details. Submitted by Les McDevitt.
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Captain Arthur P. Valla passed away Friday June 19th, 2009, after a protracted battle with cancer. Over the past month he was able to have quality time with his children and at the end, Anne, Steve and Art Jr.

Art Valla was one of those lucky fellows to have been able to have a 40 year career as a pilot with Pan Am. He was a great fellow to work with and he will be missed.
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Lou Ann Mills passed away May 29, 2009 after a long illness. Widow Capt. "Buz" Mills.
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Janet Louise Crane, 91, passed away on July 9, 2009, in Encinitas, CA. She was born on February 5, 1918, in Emporia, KS, daughter of Villa Marie Schroeder Major Brickey and Herbert Lee Major, of Bloomington, IL. She was married for 57 years to Perry Howard Crane, a Captain for Pan American World Airways, who preceded her in death in 1997.

She spent the early part of her life in Illinois and Florida. Residing in Saratoga, CA, since 1955, she belonged to the Saratoga Foothill Club, the Pan Am Wives Clipper Club, the Saratoga Airline Pilot Wives, and the Pan Am Clipper Pioneers Association. She loved traveling and visited many countries around the world with her husband and family. She lived in Berlin, Germany for a short time. She also enjoyed many happy trips in the orange Volkswagen camper and the Silver Bullet.

An avid baseball, tennis, and football fan, she attended games even after her 90th birthday. She was an accomplished homemaker who loved sewing, knitting, cooking and gardening. Her keen sense of fashion reflected her experiences in retail sales for several major women’s clothing stores. She appreciated the beauty of all flowers, especially roses. A gentle and dear friend to many, including special family dogs, she was a loving, nurturing, supportive mother, grandmother and aunt.
She is survived by her daughters Ruth Crane Utti, Encinitas, CA, Kathryn Crane Reilly, Pasadena, CA, granddaughters Marie Reilly Levenick (Zachary), New York, NY, and Lauren Reilly, Los Angeles, CA, nephews Lee Moulic (Judy), Bloomington, IL, Randy Moulic (Donna), and grandniece Elizabeth Moulic, Poughkeepsie, NY, and niece Julie Moulic, Lake Peekskill, NY.

The family extends deep appreciation and special thanks to the staffs of Seacrest Village at Encinitas, and Loving Home Care, La Mesa CA. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Madronia Cemetery, Saratoga, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Saratoga Foothill Club, P.O. Box 2203, Saratoga, CA., 95070 or Operation Dignity, Suite 114 - #518, 13615 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL., 33176-7252.
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Perry Daniel Barnes was born & raised in New Orleans, LA and attended LSU in Baton Rouge. Captain, (Ret.) Pan American World Airways, Perry lost his three year battle with multiple myeloma at his home in Covington, Louisiana on February 12, 2009, just nine days shy of his 76th birthday. The beloved husband of Sylvia Yunker Barnes for 49 years, he is survived by two daughters, Brigette Moritz and Melanie Barnes; two sons-in-law, Damon Moritz and Darrell Truax, and two granddaughters, Shannon Moritz and Dakota Rane Truax. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lucille Barnes; his brother, George Barnes, Jr. and his son, Perry D. Barnes, Jr. Read more here >>>

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Capt CT Hawkins funeral services will be held at St. Thomas RC Church, Homosassa Springs, Fla. on Thursday, 2 July 2009, at 1000 hours (US Highway 19, north of US 98).

Charlie went to work for Pan Am in 1943. He was based in Miami, Trinidad, New York and Berlin. He flew Commodores, Sekorsky S42 and S43, Constellation, DC613, Boeing 377 and 707, and 747 for his last 5 years. He held elective and appointive offices in ALPA since 1947, and was U.S. Delegate for International Affairsand International ALPA. He retired in 1980. He passed awa on June 29, 2009 in Orlando from complications to a back injury. His wife and seven children were with him.

Note from Dave: I flew with Charlie while serving as B-707/DC-8 RCO/NAV -- Second/Third Officer -- in the Atlantic/Overseas Division from the JFK crew base.. Many will remember him for his work with ALPA Council 6 and our MEC. ~V/R, Dave "Mac" McLay

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Arthur Palmer, age 87, formerly of Miami, Florida, passed away Friday, June 19, 2009 at his home in Melbourne, FLA. He entered pilot training school in the 1940s, graduating with a commercial license and instructor’s rating. In August 1942, he was hired by Pan American World Airways, where he spent 40 years employed as a pilot. He flew seaplanes, piston and jet aircrafts, and retired as a Captain flying the Boeing 747 jumbo jets in March 1982.

In retirement, he enjoyed working with a fish-farm, served as a volunteer Docent at the Miami Metro Zoo, and flying ultralight airplanes.

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Dean W. Talboy passed away peacefully at the home he built in Emerald Hills, California on 13 June 2009. After receiving his degree in Forestry from the University of Idaho, he entered the Civilian Pilot Training Program and received his Instructor Pilots license in 1941. He worked for Central Aircraft in Yakima, Washington instructing cross country flying to Naval Flight students. It was at Central Aircraft that he met his wife Louise, who worked in the office. In 1943, he went to work for Pan American in Seattle flying the DC-3's (Navy R4D's) to the Aleutian Islands. After 6 months in Seattle, he was transferred to Treasure Island in San Francisco to fly the Boeing B 314, PB2Y and the Marten Mariner PBM. After 33 years, he ended his career in 1976 as a Captain in the Boeing 707 . He is survived by his wife Louise, and his 3 children.

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Jim Dawson, Pan Am F.E.O., passed away May 31, 2009 in Shelton WA after a long battle with COPD.

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Charles Francis Darcy passed away April 30, 2009 at age 88. In 1939, he graduated from the mechanics court at Roosevelt School of Aviation, and was immediately hired by Pan American Airways in Baltimore, MD. He was appointed to flight status as a flight engineer in 1942, and retired from Pan Am in June 1976. For more about his life, go to our website.

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Retired Col. Glen John Kaser (John) passed away at age 74 on Monday, May 11, 2009 in Reno, Nevada, after suffering from heart and diabetes related issues. He graduated from Frankfor High School and Purdue University, then entered the U.S. Air Force in 1956, where his dream of becoming a fighter pilot was proudly achieved. He became a pilot for Pan Am after his tenure with the Air Force was finished. He joined the California Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing in addition, until he ultimately retired at the rank of colonel in 1983.

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Dewayne M. Conley, born 8-14-32 in Conde SD, died 5-19-09 in Issaquah WA. He was 30 yrs at Pan Am and 8 yrs with UAL.

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Captain Ellis P. Shanks passed away at Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL at 7 PM on 05/29/09 after a long hospital stay. He will be long remembered as a fine family man, excellent aviator and instructor and very good friend.

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Dan Notine, age 73, passed away on January 15, 2009 of a very aggressive melanoma cancer. Dan a former marine combat pilot in Vietnam hired on with PanAm in 1967 and remained with the airline until its demise in 1991. He is survived by his four children and his wife Addie , who still flies as a flight attendent with Delta airlines. Dan leaves a void that will be difficult to replace.

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Regina C. Perman = aka Baroness Regina Clementine Maria von Kammerstadt was hired in the first class of 12 IGS stewardesses in 1950. She was born on Arpil 4, 1926, and passed on May 2, 2009. Click here to read her story.

Dear Pan Amers,
This obituary is especially interesting, so please take time and read it, even if you don't know the person. It emphasizes to me the interesting and talented people that Pan American hired. A little historical background on the times when she was hired: October 1950 Pan American purchased American Overseas Airline and its route system, this included the countries of northern Europe. Since Germany (part of the purchase) lost WW II, it was divided into four zones and was occupied until 1952 by the Allied Powers: U.K., France, U.S. and the Soviets. The Soviets occupied East Germany and Berlin lay 90 miles within its borders . Lufthansa, a West German Airline, was prohibited to fly in East German airspace. In order to support West Berlin with air services, Pan Am created the IGS and served the needs of the West Berliners for forty-one years. Virginal Perman aka Baroness Regina Clementine Maria von Kammerstadt was hired in the first class of 12 IGS stewardesses in 1950. Read the rest of her obituary for her background. ~Don Cooper

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William F. Pash, retired Pan Am Captain, passed away on April 23, 2009 at Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas, as a result of kidney failure. Bill was 88 years old, and had flown with Pan Am for 33 years. For the past 16 year, he and his wife Sue lived in Highland Haven, Texas. Married for 63 years, his is survived by his wife and two daughters, and 5 grandchildren. (Click here for more information)

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Edgar Andrews Potter, 86, died on Sunday, April 5, 2009 of Parkinson's Disease/Alzheimers. He was born in Nampa, Idaho. He was a graduate of Greenleaf Academy, Idaho and Port Arthur College, Texas. He was a HAM Radio operator and a member of OCWA.

Edgar flew with various airlines from 1940 as a navigator, radio operator and retired in 1989 from Pan American World Airways as a cockpit flight engineer after 35 years of service.

He moved from Berlin, Germany and Greenville, S.C., along with his wife of 50 years to Leesburg. Services were held at Lake Square Presbyterian Church.

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Charles C. Scroggin, age 72, died in his sleep on April 18, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Charlie was born November 12, 1936 and grew up in the farming communities of eastern Oregon. Although he seemed destined to become a farmer, Charlie developed an early interest in aviation and became a licensed pilot. Following an apprenticeship flying small, propeller-driven charter aircraft, Charlie was hired by Pan American World Airways in 1966, where he began flying large, four-engine jets on Pan Am’s worldwide routes. He was later selected as an instructor pilot and Check Pilot on both the Boeing 707 and the Boeing 747.

When Pan Am sold its Pacific Routes to United Airlines, Charlie transferred to United and served as lead Captain and Check Pilot in United’s transition to their newest Boeing aircraft, the 747-400. In that role he conducted the proving flights for United’s ultra-long range flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia.

Charlie is survived by his children, Jann S. Ruffo & Jeff Scroggin, his daughter-in-law, Kathy Scroggin, his grandchildren, Monica, Christina & Alexandra Scroggin, and his many devoted friends from all walks of life. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly fifty years, Sue, and his friend of more than three decades, “Bill.”

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Emil J. Romanak, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2009. He was 88 and is survived by his three children, Marty, Paul and John; his four grandchildren, Daniel, Nicole, Alex, and Rex; his nephews David and Drew, and niece, Lisa.

Although Emil was born in Peekskill, New York on March 22, 1921, he resided in North Arlington, New Jersey for most of his life. While married he lived with his family in Smithtown, New York. Water sports and boating were an enjoyable part of our family life on Long Island where he taught us to swim, water ski and fish on the Long Island Sound. Summer vacations also included memorable times at the Jersey shore and Seaside Heights. As children, we watched him swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Emil was an impressive swimmer and continued swimming into his later years.

Emil was a graduate of Our Lady Queen of Peace High School and attended Seton Hall College, where he studied as a pre-medical student prior to joining the Air Corps on July 3, 1942. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after successfully completing the Air Force Advanced Flying School training program at Williams Field, Chandler, Arizona. Emil flew B-24 bombers in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and completed thirty combat missions. He became a decorated pilot and after the war, began flying as a commercial airline pilot.

Most of his flying was with Pan American Airlines, where he eventually became a captain flying 747 jets. Emil flew all over the world when Pan Am was in its heyday and it was an exciting time. He loved flying and touring and relating his experiences to family and friends. In 1981 Emil retired at age 60, the mandatory age for pilots.

As with many pilots, Emil had a strong penchant for organization, detail, and regularly sought perfection in all things he did. Perhaps from his world travels, he possessed an intellectual curiosity about most things, and valued achievement, academics, and learning.

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Herman Spellerberg, Pan Am FEO, passed away on April 21, 2009.

He passed peacefully without pain. Now he is at home with the Lord and his family members and friends who
preceded him.

He will be buried in the Dallas National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Lewisville Bible Church building fund or the NRA Whittington Center.

He will be missed but is in a better place.

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Dorothy Bowlin, widow of Capt. Paul Bowlin, passed away in March 2009.

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Capt. Rolf von Lorenz attended the Univ.of Minnesota, flew in the Navy for six years, then came to Pan Am in Nov '65 where he flew the B-727, 707, 747 and A-300 Air Bus. During his career he was based in SFO, Berlin, and Miami. After Pan Am, Rolf flew 2 years with Korean Airlines.Rolf, age 73, and his wife Nadya for 36 yrs, a former PA Flt. Attendant (Nadya Nikolajew) retired in Sonoma, CA. Rolf knew he was passing away and died in her arms at 4:20 AM on Jan 22, 2009 of heart failure as a complication of Lyme disease (caused by tick bites that were undiagnosed for several years).

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Harry Eugene Shepard, Jr. 71, of St. Augustine, FL passed away March 21, 2009 at Hadlow Center Community Hospice in Jacksonville. A native of Chattahoochee he resided in St. Augustine for the past 11 years. Capt. Shepard joined Pan Am as a navigator in 1965 and was a 747 Captain in December 1991 when he retired and subsequently flew for Korean Air Lines.

A music major graduate of Florida State University, he became an accomplished jazz trumpeter, a hobby that he pursued to the joy of many, throughout his military, airline and civilian life.

Captain Shepard was a Navy fighter pilot flying the F-8 Crusader, and survived a night ejection in the Mediterranean off the carrier Independence. He was also a landing signal officer and an instructor in the Training Command at Pensacola before joining Pan Am. He continued flying in the reserves and was recalled to active duty for a year during the 1967 Pueblo crisis. In the early 70s he began performing at air shows in his pristine SF.260 Siai-Marchetti. In the 80s he founded and led the REDHAWKS Precision Aerobatic Formation Team and performed in air shows around the country in a dramatic three plane demonstration. A video of the team was displayed at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Later in life he added a dazzling solo performance in an ex-Navy TT-1 Super Pinto jet trainer.

In the late 90s he moved to Florida, a Mecca for air show and aerobatic pilots where he continued to fly shows, instructed US Navy Seals on aerobatics, and mentored new aerobatic pilots. Captain Shepard was highly respected at Pan Am and in the air show community, and had a legion of friends from his many years of involvement in sport aviation.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Shepard of St. Augustine; one son, David Ellis of Pensacola, FL; one sister, Carolyn Grunner of Melville, NY; special niece, Kristen Smith of Roslyn Harbor, NY and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, 207 San Marco Ave., St Augustine, FL 32084.

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John Curtis Burn passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009.

He was born Feb. 19, 1919, formerly of Tenafly, N.J., in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

He was the husband of Dr. Charlene Hargrove Burn, a former New York Summer Festival Queen, model and psychiatrist. He is also the former husband of the late Jane Froman, a popular singer in the 1940s and early 50s. Their marriage was highly publicized and documented in the recently released book “Say it with Music” by Barbara Seuling and also in the movie “With a Song in my Heart” starring Rory Calhoun as John and Susan Hayward as Jane.

After a childhood in Atlanta and Colorado, John attended the University of Chattanooga and lived with his mother’s relatives in Chattanooga. He was selected for further training as a pilot for World War II. He was a pilot for Pan American Airlines for 36 years, retiring in 1979 as a Captain of the 747 Aircraft running international flights. During his years as an awesome pilot, he experienced a hijacking and two airplane crashes. He later worked for the Flight Safety Committee. After retiring from Pan Am he received a master’s degree in Social Work from NYU and formed the first fear of flying clinic with an associate.

He is survived by four children, Sean, of Brighton, Mass., Gray and his wife, Jessica, of Chelsea, Mass., Heather, of Brighton, Mass. and Nora and her husband, Bruce Yerk Jr., and their children, Michael and Matthew, of Long Pond, Pa.; and cousins, Mary Curtis Black, Paul Black, Mark Curtis and Jamie Curtis, of Chattanooga.

Funeral services were held last Tuesday in Saddle River, N.J.

Announced by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

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Charlie Boaz died in Sarasota, Fla on March 9th, 2009. He was hired as a mechanic in 1936 at Dinner Key. During his 35 years at PanAm he was based in Miami, New York, San Juan, and Honolulu. He is best remembered for his trek through the Amazon jungle in 1952 to discover why a flight from Rio to Trinidad crashed. Later he taught pilots in New York and was a well known administrator in these different bases. Many of our pilots probably knew Charlie, and he will be missed here in Sarasota as he had many great stories. He was 92. Alan Meadows PanAm/United ret.

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Daniel K. Watrous, age 75, passed away at his home in Bellingham on Saturday, March 7, 2009. He was born December 31, 1933 in Nashville, Tennessee to Joseph and Beulah (Knight) Watrous. Daniel was a Navy pilot, who served from 1955-1965. He was a flight instructor in the Navy and flew missions off an aircraft carrier. He also piloted rescue helicopters in Keflavik, Iceland. Daniel continued his flying career as a pilot with Pan Am from 1965-1991, and was part of the IGS Operation where he was stationed in Berlin from 1983-1990. Daniel finished his exceptional flying career as a pilot with Delta Airlines from 1991-1993. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, and was a member of the Bellingham Gun Club. Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Bente; 3 children, Kyle, Ingrid and Marshall; 5 grandsons, Douglas, Marshall, Mason, Dominic, and Luca; 2 brothers, Joe and Tim; and sister Patricia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Whatcom Hospice at www.hospicehelp.org, 800 E. Chestnut, Suite 1-C, Bellingham, WA 98225 or American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 A Celebration of Daniel's Life will be held Saturday March 21 at 12:30PM at the Sudden Valley Adult Center located in gate #2. You may share your thoughts and memories of Daniel in the on-line memorial guest book at www.molesfuneralhomes.com

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Pan Am pilot Robert L. Gould died March 6, 2009 unexpectedly at his farm in North Carolina. We will remember his stellar career which included Pan Am MEC Chairman, ALPA Merger Representative for the UAL Pacific sale, Senior Vice President Operations at Pan Am, and ultimately President of Eastern Airlines.

Pam, his wife of many years, resides at their home, 151 Topstone Rd, West Redding , CT 06896 No services are planned at this time.

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Captain Joseph A. Pellatt, retired New York based Pan American pilot, passed away peacefully at home, February 24th, 2009 of cancer. He has joined his wife Rose Anne, who passed away 8 years prior. He is survived by their 4 children, who were able to spend the last few weeks of his life with him.

Captain Pellatt started at Pan American as a DC-4 navigator and retired in 1983 as a B-747 Captain after nearly 30 years with Pan Am. After retirement, Joe and Rose Anne moved to North Carolina, settling in Pinehurst to pursue their passion for golf.

We, as their children, grew up in the Pan Am family, traveling the world and in the case of my brother Tom and I, caught the "aviation bug". Tom is now a pilot for American Airlines and I am a pilot with Northwest Airlines. My Dad always enjoyed receiving this newsletter and staying in touch with his friends over the years.

Captain Joseph A. Pellatt Jr. (NWA)

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Robert H McMurray, 88 of Spruce Pine, NC died January 12th, 2009 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living facility in Burnsville, NC. He was born and raised in Yakima, WA, of parents Harry and Myrtle McMurray. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Lou McMurray, a former airline stewardess in Miami, FL for Pan Am.

Robert was an international airline captain for Pan American Airlines for 39 years based out of Miami FL. and later JFK international airport in New York . His airline career spanned much of modern commercial aviation history beginning on amphibious flying boat Clipper Ships and ending on the Boeing 747. Robert will also be remembered for the beautiful ecologically designed Apple Mountain development he began 40 years ago overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine.

There will not be any traditional funeral services at this time. A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at a later date TBD.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made in Roberts name to Mountain Manor Assisted living facility, 270 Love Fox Road , Burnsville , NC . 28714.

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FE Bob McGrath passed away at age 81 on Jan. 19, 2009 at a hospice facility. He had suffered a stroke several weeks before. Bob flew around the globe for 30 years as a pilot and flight engineers for Pan Am. Originally from Camden, NJ, Bob and his wife Kathy (a former flight attendant) moved to Bonita Springs, Florida in 1983, where they were actively involved in serving the community in many ways. He is survived by his wife, his son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Read The News-Press report here.)

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Captain Wayne Cook, 89, passed away on January 4, 2009, after a long illness. A Military Service was held in Johnson City, TN January 7, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife Edith.

Wayne was a fine man, well liked for his aviation skills and his humor. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. (m)

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Lorene Mikkelsen, widow of Captain Sy Mikkelsen died in her sleep on Jan. 4th 2009 in Atlanta Ga. She was a Flight Attendant during the early days of Pan Am. She is survived by her son Captain Scott Mikkelsen of United Airlines.