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Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 Memorial

9 September 1969

London, IN

Update – 8/30/19 – Meeting place and additional information

We have been informed that the Sherriff’s department has selected a meeting place for folks so they can provide an escort to the site if they wish (as it can be a bit hard to find). They are going to be leaving from the parking lot next to 1804 N. Riley HWY, Shelbyville, IN 46176 at 10:30 AM on 9/9. They will also be providing an escort back to the same location.

The service will include a prayer or short meditation from representatives of the Catholic Church, 1st Christian Church, and Jewish Synagogue that participated in the original memorial service. We will also be reading the names of each of the victims and share in a moment of silence. This will be followed by the unveiling of the memorial stone.

After the service, and after families have lunch on their own, they are welcome to gather at the local library where a room as been reserved from 1:30 to 3:30 so they may have time together privately.

Thanks for Sarah Newkirk with the Grove Museum and Shelby County Historical Society for providing this update!

2 thoughts on “Update – 8/30/19 – Meeting place and additional information

  1. A tribute to Dr, Robert Harvey Kohr 1925 – 1969 By his last doctoral student at Purdue University, Paul Johansen MS 1965, Ph,D, 1970

    Robert Harvey Kohr was born in Washington, D. C. in 1925. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Between 1954 and 1960 he worked at General Motors, concentrating chiefly on analysis and simulation of vehicle dynamics. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 1962 and achieved the rank of Professor in 1967. Robert Kohr’s life was extraordinary, especially considering it ended tragically just as he was approaching the peak of his intellectual insight and vigor.

    Robert Kohr was the consummate classroom professor. The courses he taught at Purdue attracted the best and brightest students, both undergraduate and graduate. His meticulously-prepared lecture notes and articulate style made every class meeting a stimulating experience. He advocated the heuristic approach to problem solving, a philosophy that attracted undergraduate students to consider graduate school and graduate students to seek his commitment to mentor them through their studies and research.

    Robert Kohr was an exemplary research adviser. He required of his doctoral students a solid background in mathematics and supporting course work from outside the Mechanical Engineering School. He expected well-thought-out research proposals from candidates before initiating their thesis research. He demanded rigorous attention to facts and details. The success of his teaching, research and mentoring styles led several of his doctoral students to seek careers in the academic community.

    Robert Kohr was a gentleman, devoted husband and father. He was respected by his students, colleagues and social and professional acquaintances as a man of high moral character, a loyal and trusted friend and a solid citizen. He died in a mid-air collision near Shelbyville, Indiana on September 9, 1969. He was 44 years old. He left behind his wife Jill Mary Kohr and two sons, William, age 11, and Stephen, age 7.
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    Dan: I regret that I will not be able to attend the Flight 853 Memorial event. You have the permission of Robert Kohr’s son, Stephen Edward Kohr, to share this tribute with event attendees. Paul Johansen

    1. Paul – we’ve included your tribute on his page. The time frame for speeches during the memorial was tight, but you can be sure that Dr. Kohr was and is remembered. Thanks for providing this!

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