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James A. Hewlett

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JAMES (JIM) A. HEWLETT Age 91, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2013 in Santa Barbara, CA. To the end, he was a warm, caring and appreciative man with a wonderful sense of humor. Jim was born in San Bernardino, CA on November 26, 1921 to Knox J. and Eva Oelsen Hewlett. He graduated from Redlands High School in 1940. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan with special academic honors including the Silver Medal from the American Institute of Architects (AIA.) After obtaining his California Architectural License in 1952, Jim provided professional services for design and construction of many public educational facilities including some for RCC, Riverside and Moreno Valley Unified School Districts; as well as facilities at Norton AFB. Jim served as a B-24 navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When his aircraft was crippled over Munich, Germany, Jim parachuted with the crew into Switzerland. In the fall of 1944, while interned in Davos, he met his future wife; Trudy Lang, on a blind date. Jim and Trudy were married on January 25, 1947 in Ann Arbor, MI. Jim and Trudy built their dream house, were active in the University City community, and made many wonderful trips together. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January, 2007. Trudy passed away in November, 2008. Jim, while in the Moreno Valley Rotary Club, played a large role in the placement and construction of the original "Big M" on Box Springs Mountain. He also was a member of the Inland Chapter of the AIA as well as the 44th Bomb Group Veterans Group, the Air Force Navigators and Observers Association, and the Swiss Internees group. For many years he served on the Redlands HS Class of 1940 Reunion Committee. Jim was a lifetime Dodgers fan. He always enjoyed listening to Vin Scully's baseball commentary and was always amazed and pleased that 'Vinny' continued announcing. Jim is survived by his daughter, Kathy and husband Steve Keller of Santa Barbara; son, Bill Hewlett of Riverside; grandsons, Alex and TJ Hewlett; and two brothers; Don Hewlett, living in Washington state; and Tom Reed, residing in Oregon. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 19th at 2 p.m. at Riverside National Cemetery with a reception following.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Aug. 9 to Aug. 12, 2013
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