The American civil war
then and now
CIVIL WAR ERA PHOTOS...blended-in with Today's
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Presented by A
ROYAL OAK HIGH
SCHOOL GRADUATE TO ENTER THE MICHIGAN
AVIATION HALL OF FAME
Yankee Air Museum proudly announced Friday, April 29th
the selection of John A. Clark, Sc.D. into the Michigan
Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHF). Clark, of Ann Arbor, is a
Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the
University of Michigan and an esteemed member of the
Yankee Air Museum. His formal enshrinement will be
Saturday, May 21, 2016 in ceremonies at the Michigan
Aviation Hall of Fame, located inside the Kalamazoo Air
Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, Michigan.
Clark is one of the great aviation pioneers whose work
and lifetime achievements are fittingly recognized with
his induction in the Hall of Fame,” said Ray Hunter,
Chairman of the Yankee Air Museum's Board of Directors.
"John is a highly decorated, World War Two combat pilot.
His passion for aviation and education led him to become
a true rocket scientist and nuclear engineer."
Hunter, who co-authored the MAHF nomination, said that
John Clark was born in Ann Arbor and grew up in Royal
Oak. He graduated from Royal Oak High School in June
1941 and attended Lawrence Institute of Technology for a
short time. Clark enlisted in the Army Air Corps when he
was 19 and by the time he was 22 years old he had flown
32 combat missions over Germany in a Boeing B-17G Flying
Fortress during 1944-45. After the war, his military
service continued in the Michigan Air National Guard
while he also pursued his education in engineering at
the University of Michigan.
After obtaining his
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Clark continued his
education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
completing both the Master's and Doctor’s (Sc.D.)
programs by 1953. His doctoral thesis dealt with safe
power levels in the reactor core of the first nuclear
submarine, the USS Nautilus. Dr. Clark then became a
long term consultant to the leading nuclear industries
including Westinghouse, General Electric and the Argonne
"John is the real deal,"
said Major General Richard Bodycombe (USAF, Retired).
"His work and research leadership contributed to the
development of the Saturn V booster engine which is
still regarded as the most powerful operational rocket
Bodycombe, who collaborated with Hunter on the
nomination, explained that in 1957, Clark became a full
professor in the University of Michigan's College of
Engineering and established the Heat Transfer
Laboratory. His graduate courses and research programs
in thermodynamics contributed to understanding the
transient behavior of thermal systems and discharge of
oxygen during liftoff which made the huge engine
In 1966, Dr. Clark became Chairman of
the Mechanical Engineering Department and during the
energy crisis of 1973 he established the UM's College of
Engineering, Solar Energy Laboratory. By 1980 he was a
leading expert on solar energy, thermodynamics, aircraft
propulsion and space technology. He served as a
consultant to corporations, universities, and all levels
of government including President-elect Ronald Reagan’s
transition team for energy.
"His record of
contributions to aviation and science in a university
setting are without parallel," said Kevin Walsh,
Executive Director of the Yankee Air Museum. "Equally
impressive is John’s superlative record for inspiring
As an example, Walsh cited one of
Clark’s graduate students whom he appointed as an
assistant professor the late Dr. Charles M. Vest who
became Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan
and went on to be the longest serving President of MIT.
Walsh said that inspiration continues through a
scholarship fund John and his late wife Marie Mountain
Clark established. This scholarship is funded for 20
years and is awarded on an annual basis by the Yankee
Air Museum to a deserving high school or home study
John's late wife was recently selected
posthumously for entry into the Iowa Aviation Hall of
Fame. Marie was a Woman’s Air Force Service Pilot (WASP)
during World War ll. John and Marie met in Las Vegas, NV
where he was training in B-17’s prior to his assignment
to the 100th Bomb Group in England. The 100th was known
as the “Bloody 100th" because of heavy combat losses.
"John is an officer and a gentleman said Ray Hunter.
"He is a scholar, author and educator. He is the
consummate aviator, scientist, and good friend to
everyone he meets. He joins a select group of current
and former aviators for enshrinement in the Michigan
Aviation Hall of Fame."
The YAM and the MAHF are
encouraging the public to join in celebrating Dr. John
A. Clark and other award recipients. The 2016 MAHF
Enshrinement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday evening,
May 21 beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will be held at
the Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage Ml 49002.
Tickets are $75.00 and include dinner and the program.
Tickets can be obtained by calling Maria Suszynski at
269-350-2812, or online by visiting the www.airzoo.org
We are happy to accommodate Boy and Girl Scout
troops, Cub Scouts, and Brownies for private tours.
The Museum is a great learning activity for the
Classroom or any Club or Organization.
To arrange for a group tour on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays please contact the Curator by
248-439-1501 or email
The Historical Museum is always
looking for photos of Royal Oak, from the 1800's
to the 1980's, to add to our archives. We are
seeking views of businesses, historic homes,
prominent people, and public buildings, in Royal
Oak and along historic Woodward Ave.
If you have any photos to share with us please
contact us at the Museum.