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Alvin Joseph (Al) Mathy

Alvin Joseph (Al) Mathy

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of husband, father, grandfather and expert bridge player, Al Mathy.

Born in Chisholm, MN in 1927 near the Boeing Iron Mine. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked 40 years at Boeing. His early work included the X and YB52 from the laying of the wing spar to roll out. After roll out, he transferred to Wichita Flight Test where for 10 years he was involved in flying in B47 and B52s, first as an analyst and then supervising the testing of three B52s. Returning to Seattle, he was a System Test Supervisor on several proposals TFX, C5, SST, T43, ATCA and B1. On the T43, he rose from System Test Manager to Program Manager. He then became Chief Project Engineer on the E4 and then Chief Engineer on the E6 and E8 from which he retired in 1990.

The flight test work was a time of great reward, learning to fly and buying an old two seat airplane and getting to fly a B47 for a few minutes. It was on one of his numerous weekend flights that he met the love of his life and future wife Betty June of Kansas City. He sold the airplane to buy her engagement ring and they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February. They raised four children, Melissa Clayman (John deceased), Melinda Mathy, Cynthia Salvador (Gilbert) and Michael Mathy (Sara). Two grandchildren Courtney and Trenton Mathy.

He died September 12, 2013 after complications following surgery.

A private service is planned for family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family suggests donations be made to St. Vincent DePaul in lieu of flowers.

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 15, 2013
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