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Jerry Bernard Hannifin

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JERRY B. HANNIFIN COCOA BEACH Jerry Bernard Hannifin, 91, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Sep tember 18, 2008 after an exciting journal istic career that took him from Alaska to Central and South America for TIME Magazine. During most of his four decades as the magazines chief aerospace correspondent, as well as specialist on Latin America, he interviewed promi nent people such as Igor and Serge Sikorsky, aeronautical geniuses; Milton Eisenhower, the late presidents brother; Kelly Johnson, stealth planes designer; and Fidel Castro. He reported mainly for TIME, but also served as editor of the Spanish edition of LIFE maga zine. He collected more awards that fit on his office wall; the Strebig-Dobben Memorial Award for distinguished contri butions to the public under standing of commercial aviation and air transport; the Lauren D. Lyman prize for integrity, accu racy and excellence in reporting and writing; the Cecil A. Brown low Award for his aviation arti cles; as well as numerous awards from the Aviation and Space Writers Association and the National Space Club. Columbia University recog nized him with its Maria Moors Cabot award. A native of Boise, Idaho, Hannifin graduated from the citys schools and started his career with Boises Capital News and United Press, right after graduation from UCLAs Berkeley. A private pilot since 1949, Hannifin flew a number of early aircraft as well as the F-18 Hornet fighter jet and the B-52 bomber. More recently, he covered dozens of space shuttle mis sions from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After years of trying, Hannifin received permis sion to visit aviation and space installations in the former Soviet Union. He led a delegation of other prominent journalists to the Communist nation, including Star Citys cosmonaut training center. He also guest lectured on Soviet aerospace technology at the National War College. Hannifin is survived by his wife, Sue Butler Hannifin, a retired aerospace journalist of Cocoa Beach; a daughter, Consuelo Jacob of CA Califor nia; stepdaughter, Penny Bowman, of Massachusetts; and John and Col. (ret.) Pat ORorke of Boise. No services are planned.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Sept. 21, 2008
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