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Memorial Tributes: Volume 7
Over his entire career, Mr. Bobo contributed significantly to the design and development of advanced gas turbine engines and made many lasting contributions to the technology and design concepts for modern turbomachinery engines. He was awarded more than thirty-five patents, and he was a leader in the advancement of the design of reliable, high-temperature, high-performance turbomachinery. He made several unpublished presentations, including "Designing Safety and Ruggedness into Aircraft Engines" at the ATA (Air Transport Association) Engineering and Maintenance Forum in 1986 and "The Evolution of Kevlar Containment Systems" at the Society of Automotive Engineers Aerotech Conference in 1987. He was a member of the AIA (Aerospace Industries Association) Aviation Division Committee on Aging Aircraft. In addition to his industry affiliations, Mr. Bobo was also involved in civic and church activities and was a member of the board of directors of the Midwest Children's Home.
Mr. Bobo was widely recognized and honored by his associates in the engineering community. He received the GE Aircraft Engine Engineering Award for community service in 1972, the prestigious General Electric Steinmetz Award for distinguished engineering accomplishments in 1981, the Distinguished Engineer Award by the Texas Tech University in 1988, and the GE Gold Medallion Patent Award for his many inventions. Mr. Bobo was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991 and was inducted posthumously into the GE Aircraft Engines Hall of Fame in 1993.
Mr. Bobo loved his family, his work, and the industry he served so well. He contributed a vast amount to the conception, design, development, and engineering of advanced aircraft engines while, at the same time, effectively leveraging his excellent capability through the setting of high technical and ethical standards and the giving of himself to the guidance, motivation, and leadership of others.