Elected in 1974
“For contributions to aerospace technology, particularly in the area of structures and materials.”
BY RENSO L. CAPORALI
IRA GRANT HEDRICK, a guiding force in aerospace technology and former senior vice president and director of all technical operations at the Grumman Aerospace Corporation, died on January 14, 2008, at the age of 94.
Grant, as he was called by most of his peers and close acquaintances, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 10, 1913. As a young man he spent one year at the University of Illinois and two years at the University of Washington. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. A year of graduate work at Princeton University, with special emphasis in structural design/analysis, led to a graduate degree in 1937. From February 1942 to September 1943, Grant worked for Johnson, Drake and Piper, assigned as “contractor support” to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in North Africa on the design and construction of infrastructure in support of the Allied war effort in that theater of operations. He returned to the United States in September 1943 and went to work for Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation as a stress analyst the following month. He quickly became the project analyst for