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Smith J. Defrance

Smith J. Defrance, American aero research engineer. Decorated Silver Star medal and Medal for Merit; recipient National Civil Service League Career award, 1964. Served as airplane pilot Army of the United States, 1917-1919.; Fellow Institute Aero. Sciences (vice president); member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Legion, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.; Mason.

Background

  • Defrance, Smith J. was born on January 19, 1896 in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States. Son of John B. and Lena A. (Smith) DeF.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, 1922, Doctor Engineering, 1953. Doctor of Laws, University California, 1952.

    Career

    • Research engineer National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now National Aeronautics and Space Administration), 1922-1947, director Ames Aero. Laboratory, 1947-1958, director of Ames Research Center, 1958-1967.

    Works

    • Author technical reports. United States Government.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Served as airplane pilot Army of the United States, 1917-1919. Fellow Institute Aero. Sciences (vice president).

    Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Legion, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi. Mason.; Clubs: Rotary, Quiet Birdmen.

    Connections

    • Married Ruth Patterson, July 20, 1922.
    • father: John B. DeF.
    • mother: Lena A. (Smith) DeF.
    • spouse: Ruth Patterson
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    Died March 6, 1985
    (aged 89)
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