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July 22, 2018

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July 29, 2016
I first met Hal at H-P in the 4L machine shop (Palo Alto) in late 1968 as a N/C machining apprentice. His vast knowledge of N/C Machining helped considerably toward my understanding of the N/C, CNC machining world.
After a two year stint in Santa Rosa ('75, '77) I was lucky enough to once again work with Hal in Boise, Id. He continued to amaze me with his abilities with even the newest N/C, CNC machining technologies/practices.
I will always consider him a key element toward my machining achievements.
Unfortunately I will be out of state during the services so I offer my sincere condolences to all of his family and may he always find some metal to form and wood to carve. God bless you Hal.
Tom & Debra O'Brien
July 29, 2016
I first met Hal at H-P in the 4L machine shop (Palo Alto) in late 1968 as a N/C machining apprentice. His vast knowledge of N/C Machining helped considerably toward my understanding of the N/C, CNC machining world.
After a two year stint in Santa Rosa ('75, '77) I was lucky enough to once again work with Hal in Boise, Id. He continued to amaze me with his abilities with even the newest N/C, CNC machining technologies/practices.
I will always consider him a key element toward my machining achievements.
Unfortunately I will be out of state during the services so I offer my sincere condolences to all of his family and may he always find some metal to form and wood to carve. God bless you Hal.

Tom & Debra O'Brien
July 28, 2016
Hal helped make the entomology collection at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, The College of Idaho, what it is today. Hal's daughter, Tekla ('87) had started college at CofI and Hal wanted to help give back to the College during that time. In the mid 1980s he responded to one of our newspaper notices for help at our monthly Museum Workday. We soon found out that Hal was an expert wood worker and showed him the entomology cabinets and drawers that we needed constructed. Hal took on that project, converting his double wide garage into a shop set up with jigs for each stage of the construction process. Hal built dozens of the insect cabinets (all with 24 glass topped drawers) for the Museum. Sometimes we supplied the materials, sometimes Hal donated them. The value of his work is huge as the retail for a cabinet with drawers runs about $2K each. His work is beautiful. He would be very unhappy if his boards were off by 0.001. Of course Tekla graduated, but we did not let that stop Hal from donating his time. He spent over two decades building these insect cabinets for the Museum. Hal's declining vision eventually forced him to quit the project, but I think of him every time I open one of his beautiful cabinets and drawers.
July 24, 2016
Cliff,

So sorry to hear of your dad's death. He was a great guy! I know he will be missed by many.