WORD has been received that Joe Sutter, known at the "Father of the 747", died on August 31 at a hospital in Bremerton, Washington from complications of pneumonia. He was 95.
Born in Seattle, he was of Slovenian descent, son of Franc Suhadolc (1879-1945) from Dobrova, Slovenia, who came to America as a gold prospector.
Sutter attended the University of Washington and graduated with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1943, records Wikipedia.
In 1940, Sutter took a summer job at Boeing Plant 2 while studying aeronautical engineering at the University of Washington. Sutter served as a junior officer aboard the destroyer escort USS Edward H Allen (DE-531) in the US Navy during World War II.
At Boeing he eventually ended up becoming the "father of the 747", retiring in 1986, as executive vice president for commercial airplane engineering.
In later life, Sutter served on the Rogers Commission, investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. He was also selected as a recipient of the International Air Cargo Association's 2002 Hall of Fame Award and was an engineering sales consultant.
As of July 2010, he was a member of the Boeing Senior Advisory Group which is studying a clean sheet replacement of the Boeing 737 or to re-engine the current design. For decades, he resided in West Seattle. In 2011, on his 90th birthday, Boeing's 40-87 building in Everett, WA, the main engineering building for Boeing Commercial Airplanes division, was renamed the Joe Sutter building.
Source : HKSG.