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CURTIS H. LOCKE, AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER
MAY 26, 1911 -- APRIL 15, 2005

Curtis Hiram Locke, 93, a former engineer, died Friday in his Buffalo home after a brief illness.

Mr. Locke was born in Philadelphia and in 1935 became a member of the first class to earn bachelor's degrees in aeronautical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

He worked at North American Aviation in California, before moving to Buffalo in 1937 to work at Curtiss-Wright Corp. and later Bell Aircraft. He went on to work at Buffalo Forge Co.'s machine tool division in 1947 and later became the manager of international sales. He retired in 1981.

After retirement, Mr. Locke remained active as a volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives and International Executive Service Corps. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont., and the Saturn Club.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Penelope Wheeler of Buffalo; two daughters, Gwendolyn Locke Gidez of New Canaan, Conn., and Cynthia Locke Phelan of Short Hills, N.J.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held.

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