Obituary of Conrad Harris Colehower

Newspaper: The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)
Published Date: 24 Nov 1986


C. Harris Colehower Jr., 65, who worked on the nation's Apollo and Voyager space programs as an aerospace engineer with General Electric Co., died of cancer Friday at his home in St. Davids, Delaware County.

During his 30-year aerospace career with GE, he was on the scientific team that determined the feasibility of the Apollo moon-landing program. He continued to work on the Apollo program and also was active in the early Voyager program of interplanetary exploration.

Before joining GE in Philadelphia, he was a member of the original engineering team at Nordon Laboratories in New York, which invented automatic piloting for airplanes.

Mr. Colehower grew up in Lansdowne and was valedictorian of the Class of 1939 at Lansdowne High School. He attended the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to the school's Hexagon Society. Upon graduation in 1943, he was awarded membership in the Tau Beta Phi engineering society.

He earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at New York University.

As an alumnus of Penn, he raised funds for the university as a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society.

He was a Mason and a third-generation member of Union Lodge 121 in Philadelphia, a member of the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia and a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at All Saints Episcopal Church in Wynnewood.

An accomplished pianist, Mr. Colehower served as a volunteer organist for Hayes Manor for Men and Women, the Kearsley Home and Christ Church Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Doris T.; daughters, Manette C. Hanson and Virginia C. Hodges; son, John H.; a sister, and six grandchildren.

At 11 a.m. today, a memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church. The family has asked that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the C. Harris Colehower Memorial Trust Fund for Charitable Purposes, which operates from the Colehower home.

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