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Arthur W. Hesse AMP ’44

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Arthur W. Hesse AMP ’44, August 10, 2007, at home in Temple Hills, Maryland, from leukemia. Art joined the U.S. Air Force in 1941 and attended Reed for a year in the premeteorology program; he also studied communications at Yale University. In 1950, he received a BS from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio in electrical and electronics engineering, and taught mathematics there for several years. He earned an MS from Stanford University in electronics in 1954. His work for the air force included weapon design, research in satellite communication, and heading a program for the development of electronic intelligence devices. He retired from service as a colonel in 1974. For 18 years, he was chief electrical inspector for the Prince Georges County government; 13 of those years for the City of Laurel, Maryland, evaluating electrical systems in homes, commercial structures, and apartment buildings. For more than 40 years, he was a member of Oxon Hill Lutheran Church in Temple Hills. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Charlotte; his son, Scott; two grandsons, and a brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2008

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