Roy Philip Hothan, 90, formerly of Greenfield, MA, entered into eternal life on Sunday (3-2-2014).
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He was born to William and Dorothy Eleanor (Aiken) Hothan on March 15, 1923 in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY. The family moved to Garden City, Long Island in 1927, where as a child, Roy and his father watched aviator Charles Lindbergh take off from the Curtiss Military Airfield section of Roosevelt Field on his famous transatlantic solo flight around the world in his plane "The Spirit of St. Louis."
Roy graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in commerce and finance, and was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He also took courses in accounting and electronic data processing at Boston University, Northeastern University and Bentley College of Accounting and Finance. He later obtained a Master's Degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Roy was a certified public accountant in both Massachusetts and Illinois; his career included employment with Price, Waterhouse & Co., Scovell, Wellington & Co., Patterson, Teele & Dennis, Sprague Products Co. and British Tire and Rubber.
He served in the Army in WWII and was wounded in the Philippine Islands in 1944, was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Purple Heart, and lived the rest of his life with three Japanese machine gun bullets in his left thigh. While recovering at Fort Danvers VA Hospital in Massachusetts, he met Betty Anne Judge, a music therapist, whom he married in 1947. They settled in the greater Boston area.
When his father-in-law, Franklin Judge, passed in 1962, Roy and Betty moved back to the family home in Greenfield, MA to live with her mother, Hazel (Owen) Judge. Roy was a member of the Masonic Order, and proudly rose to the level of Master Mason.
Roy's father-in-law, Franklin was an inventor who designed, patented and manufactured the Postal Typewriter from 1902-1907 in Norwalk, CT. In cleaning out the family home of 90 years, Roy located his father-in-law's personal typewriter, the Postal Typewriter Model 5, in the attic. Roy generously donated this hard-to-find, historically important portable typewriter to the Norwalk Museum at a press conference with the Norwalk City Mayor in 2006.
Roy was predeceased by his parents and in-laws, his older brother William Edward and sister-in-law Mildred, and his beloved wife Betty of 54 years. He is survived by his loving niece, Linda G. Hothan of Willington, CT.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, (4-30-14) from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield. Committal service and burial will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA in the Judge-Hothan family plot.
Walker Funeral Home
14 High St Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 28, 2014