HADLEY Robert W., Jr. A World War II Veteran, died on Veterans Day, at the age of 90. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and attended DeVilbiss High School where he played Varsity basketball and began a life long avocation as an amateur radio operator. While he was in high school, he built and installed the first police radio communication system for his local community, Ottawa Hills, Ohio. He was a part-time operating engineer for the radio station WTOL while studying electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation from college in June, 1942, he began his military service in the U S Army. He was stationed on the west coast where he was in charge of establishing early warning radar installations and operating associated military communication systems designed to protect the west coasts of Oregon and Washington from potential Japanese invasion. On completing military service in early 1946, with the rank of Captain, Mr. Hadley worked for the next 14 years in Toledo, Ohio, for a number of companies, including Etna Machine Co., E.W. Bliss Co., and Baker Bros, Inc. In 1960, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and began his more than 20 year association with Reliance Electric Co., which manufactured sophisticated electric motor and drive systems. Mr. Hadley was active in the Presbyterian Church throughout his life, serving as Elder for the Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Suzanne Bentley Hadley and his children, Dr. Richard Hadley, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from Minneapolis, Minn. (Susan), Stephen J. Hadley, Washington D.C., who served as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush (Ann), Carolyn Cangany of Indianapolis, IN, (Harry) and 7 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Friday, November 26, 2010, 2:00 p.m., in the Chapel at the of Laurel Lake Retirement Community, Hudson, Ohio.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 21, 2010