Two Other Obituaries of Note — Men Who Protected Lives

By November 28, 2009Miscellaneous

The Virginian Pilot has an excellent obituaries page. From Friday:

Robert A. Fuhrman, 1925-2009, “Lockhead executive led missile programs“:

Robert A. Fuhrman, a pioneering Lockheed engineer who played a central role in the creation of the Polaris and Poseidon missiles before rising to the top of the aeronautics and aerospace giant, died Saturday in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 84.

Fuhrman, a longtime resident of Pebble Beach, had blood clotting in his lungs, said Sherman N. Mullin, former president of Lockheed’s Skunk Works, the division that produces top-secret military aircraft.

During more than three decades at Lockheed, Fuhrman served as president of three of its companies: Lockheed-Georgia, Lockheed-California and Lockheed Missiles & Space. He became president and chief operating officer of the corporation in 1986 and vice chairman in 1988 before retiring in 1990.

Lester Shubin, 1925-2009, “He showed that fabric meant for tires could stop bullets“:

 

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