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aerospace manufacturing executive

Arthur Ray Disbrow, American aerospace manufacturing executive.


Disbrow, Arthur Ray was born on June 26, 1932 in Kaleva, Michigan, United States. Son of Alan Stacy and Elsie Ruth (Fuller) Disbrow.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technology University, 1955. Master of Business Administration with honors, Michigan State University, 1971.


Machine designer Air Corps Spark Plug division General Motors Company, Flint, Michigan, 1955-1957. Lead engineer Missile division Chrysler Corporation, Sterling Heights, 1957-1960. Mechanical process department head Manufacturing Development division General Motors Company, Warren, 1960-1974.

Manufacturing engineering manager Compressor Company division TRW Inc., Cleveland, 1974-1981. Vice president, division manager Hartzell Propeller Products division TRW. Inc., Piqua, Ohio, 1981-1987. President Hartzell Propeller Inc., since 1987, also board directors.

Board directors Miami County American Automobile Association, Piqua.


  • Other Work

    • Co-inventor patent on electrical discharge machining, 1961.


Campaign chairman Piquarea United Fund, 1986, board directors 1984-1988. Advisory board Salvation Army, Piqua, since 1984. Co-chairman JVS Levy Campaign.

Trustee Upper Valley Medical Center, Piqua, Ohio, since 1984. President Piquarea United Way, 1989. Served to Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1955-1958.

Member National Aviation Hall of Fame, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (board directors since 1981), National Aeronautical Association, Army Aviation Association, American Defense Preparedness Association, Piqua C. of Chamber (board directors 1984-1987). Lodges: Rotary.


Married Vivian Childress, May 24, 1958. Children: Michael Ray, Russell Paul, Colleen Lynn, Jennifer Mary.

Alan Stacy Disbrow

Elsie Ruth (Fuller) Disbrow

Vivian Childress

Michael Ray Disbrow

Russell Paul Disbrow

Colleen Lynn Disbrow

Jennifer Mary Disbrow