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John P. Flanigan, Former Design Manager, Age 96 Born on Sept 13, 1916 and a graduate of West Catholic High School, he became a licensed radio amateur operator, while a junior in high school with station call letters W3EEH. He built his own receivers and transmitters. Also while a junior, he joined the Sea Scouts which was the senior division of the Boy Scouts of America. After several years, he became the skipper of the ship "U. D. Pilot", meeting weekly in Upper Darby. He worked at the Frankford Arsenal first as a lens grinder, and then as an electrical designer, making lighting plans for many World War I buildings, upgraded for manufacturing of military equipment. When World War II seemed imminent, one particular building which was built in 1865 had a top floor with rifle ports, influenced by the Civil War just concluding. After graduating from high school, he attended Drexel Institute evening school and after almost seven years of three nights of week courses, graduated with a diploma in electrical engineering and electronics in 1942. Then he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps as a cadet, attended basic training in Florida, then onto Yale University for technical training. He graduated with a commission as a second lieutenant. He served as an aircraft maintenance officer at several bases in the U. S. and in Chibua, Gaya, Agra and Calcutta, India, the location of the China-Burma India theater. At the end of the war he was promoted to Captain in the Reserves. On his return to civilian life, he joined United Engineers & Constructors in Philadelphia, PA as an electrical designer. As a designer, supervisor and finally design manager, he was active in the electrical design of a dozen turbo-generator power plant installations in the U. S., Canada, and New Zealand, retiring in 1981, after thirty-five years of service. All the while, he maintained his activity in the Air Force Reserves, teaching aircraft maintenance, ultimately reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60. A life-long woodworker and model railroader, he was also an amateur musician, buying his Steinway Baby Grand eight years before his first car, maintaining his priorities. He was a former resident of Wynnewood, PA and Berwyn, PA where he and his wife, Marie, raised eight children; and finally Elverson, PA, living in a Cape Cod House of his own design. He is survived by his sons: John (Groton, MA); Robert (Wayne, PA); David (Mossyrock, WA); Andrew (Atlanta, GA); and daughters: Marie (Lockport, NY); Joanne (Alexandria, VA); and Anna Marie (Austin, TX). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Monday, March 11th at St. Peter Church, 2835 Manor Rd., West Brandywine, where family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Conshohocken. To send online condolences, visit www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com

Published in The Daily Local on Mar. 8, 2013
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