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Letter: Lawton has a number of accomplishments

Lawton has a number of accomplishments

The News June 5 article on John Lawton’s 90th birthday flights over the Niagara region was fascinating.

However, the reporter failed to mention one of Lawton’s remarkable accomplishments: the invention of the first effective avalanche transceiver at Cornell Aeronautics Laboratory (now Calspan) in 1968. This device, known as the Skadi, was first marketed by Lawtronics in Buffalo.

Similar instruments, carried by mountaineers, back-country skiers and explorers, greatly reduce the rescue time of avalanche victims. Many outdoors enthusiasts owe their lives to Lawton’s ever-fertile mind.

Joan Staple