Dr. Robert Harvey Kohr

A professor of Mechanical Engineering for eight years at Purdue University, Dr. Kohr was returning from a speech he had given at a conference in Cincinnati. Born in Washington DC, he had earned his B.S. & M.S. Degrees from the University of Michigan. Formerly, he was an engineer with Holley Carburetor Company and General Motors, where he held patents on automotive steering systems.  Dr. Kohr earned his Ph.D. at Purdue, specializing in computer simulation of mechanical systems.

He left behind his wife, Jill, and sons William (11) and Stephen (who turned 8 only eleven days after the crash).

Through gracious contact with Dr. Kohr s son Stephen, I m happy to be able to offer these items on this page:

A three-page article from the Purdue University School of Engineering Backgrounder of October, 1965, which details some research Dr. Kohr was involved in at that time.


Dr. Kohr had traveled to Cincinnati to deliver a lecture on the 9th.  Here are two pages of the lecture program detailing his contributions.  According to his son, he had decided to leave the conference just after lunch to return home to West Lafayette. Nothing against the other presenters, he'd just called his wife and said he'd wanted to come home...

And finally, the fact that yellow roses were his favorite. 

Visiting his memorial stone in the cemetery at Shelbyville, it might be appropriate to leave him one.

This picture taken on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the crash, 9/9/09


born 7/7/1925

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