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DAVID R. HEEBNER

1927–2003

Elected in 1999

“For aerospace systems engineering accomplishments that have substantially improved our national security.”

BY CHARLES A. (BERT) FOWLER

One of the very few really great things I did during my Pentagon years was to lure Dave Heebner from Hughes to work in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. It was great for me; for our boss, Johnny Foster; for the U.S. Department of Defense; and for the country. It was also great for the Fowlers because the couples quickly became fast friends. And over the years we traveled, skied, golfed, and wined and dined together.

We left sitzmarks at ski slopes all over New England, the American West, and the Interlaken region of Switzerland, where in a single week we totally depleted the wine supply of the village of Meiringen—with a great deal of help, I must add, from our skiing mates, Carolyn and Dave Stanford and Robin and Bill Layson.

Those golfing ventures, which also included the Stanfords, raised the pond levels from California to Bermuda. Without fail, one of us would say to the one whose ball was up against a rock or tree, “Would you like to improve your lie?” And the other would dutifully respond, “OK. Give me a par on the last hole.”



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