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BAM: Obituaries, The Classes, September/October 2004
Thor I. Eklund ,75 PhD, of Haddonfield, N.J.; May 2, after a long struggle with esophageal cancer.He was an aeronautical engineer who held two patents related to the ventilation of smoke from aircraft fires.In 1997 he retired as manager of the fire research section at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, a facility of the Federal Aviation Administration.He then established a consulting firm and was a frequent lecturer.He earlier worked at the Naval Air Propulsion Center.He specialized in aircraft fire safety, fire-resistant materials, and fuel flammability.In addition, he wrote numerous technical reports and articles.He received awards for his writing and work, including his research to prevent fuel tank explosions and his efforts to develop FAA regulations to improve aircraft fire safety.During several years while his cancer was in remission, he was a stay-at-home father.