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James V. Hackworth, research engineer at Bell, Harrison Radiator

Nov. 14, 1929 – Feb. 21, 2014

James V. “Vaughn” Hackworth, a research engineer in metallurgy and materials for the aerospace and automobile industries, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 84.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was a longtime resident of Williamsville. Mr. Hackworth was a first lieutenant with the Army from 1953 to 1956, working as an instructor in the anti-aircraft artillery and guided missile school.

He was a materials engineer for Goodyear Aerospace Co. and General Electric Co. in Ohio from 1956 to 1964. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, he returned there for his doctorate in metallurgical engineering, which he earned in 1968.

Mr. Hackworth joined Bell Aerospace in Wheatfield in 1967, retiring in 1983. He was principal scientist in the materials and chemistry engineering laboratories, working in materials research for aerospace applications. He published a number of papers on the effects of rain erosion on materials used in high-velocity aircraft.

He also was director of the materials laboratory at Harrison Radiator Corp. in Lockport from 1983 to 1997.

Mr. Hackworth wrote more than 20 technical papers and sections of technical books, as well as many technical reports that were published by the U.S. government.

He was a leader in the Boy Scouts, an avid sailor on Lake Ontario, a tennis player and a fan of jazz.

Mr. Hackworth was also a longtime supporter of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and he was an active member of Williamsville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise; a daughter, Pamela; two sons, Bruce and Jeffrey; a sister, Margaret A. Imes; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.

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