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Richard Warwick Hale ‘55

Richard Warwick Hale, age 84, of Dobbs Ferry, NY, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at The Watermark at East Hill in Southbury, CT due to complications from a stroke.

Richard was born in Shanghai, China, in 1933, to the late William and Elizabeth Hale. Growing up in Shanghai, he was interned in a Japanese concentration camp at the beginning of World War II, then repatriated to the United States where he graduated from Scarsdale High School (NY) in 1951.

He then attended Antioch College graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1955, and a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Cornell University in 1958. It was while attending Cornell University that he met his wife Janet, and they were married in 1958 at the First Methodist Church in Beacon, NY.

Richard spent six years working at United Aircraft Research Laboratories (now United Technologies) in East Hartford, CT and then returned to Ithaca, NY to work at Therm Advanced Research. In 1968 he was a partner in forming Sage Action Inc., an aeronautical engineering research and development company. While there, he helped to develop the bubble generator, a specialized tool for visualizing air flow.

He also spent three years as director of management information systems at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Later, he joined Cornell University as assistant dean and director of admissions for the College of Engineering.

Richard lived most of his life in Ithaca, NY with summers spent in Greensboro, VT. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, children, and grandchildren to Europe, China, Florida, and the Caribbean. He also loved jazz (especially Mel Torme, Carlos Jobim, and John Pizzarelli), reading, crossword puzzles, and was a member of Mountain View Country Club in Greensboro, VT. He was also a lifetime fan of the New York Yankees.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet Hale, son Allen Hale and his wife Anne, son Brian Hale and his wife Maria, son Steven Hale and his wife Erika, his sister Margaret Bascom, and his grandchildren Noah Hale, Olivia Hale, Phoebe Hale, and Owen Hale. He is predeceased by his brother Edward Hale. An internment service will be held this summer in Greensboro, VT.