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In Memoriam


Robert L. Firth, Sr. Age 96 of Edina, MN, formerly of Bay Shore, NY, passed away peacefully on December 27, surrounded by his family and close friends. Bob was actively involved in the early years of the National Fluid Power Association, a past member of the NFPA Marketing Operations Board, Public Relations Operating Board, Program Committee and Operations Planning Committee. He was a past president of the International Fluid Power Society. Bob was a Hydraulic Engineer and inventor, with hundreds of patents to his name. During WWII he worked for Republic Aviation, testing mechanical equipment and hydraulic components used to build and control Republic Aviation’s P43 and P47 Thunderbolt (fighter bombers). After the war he worked at New York Airbrake designing hydraulic pumps and braking systems. In 1956 Bob became Vice President at Electrol, providing products to Dr. Wernher Von Braun for the military and IBMA. Bob moved to Minnesota in 1959 to work for the Char-Lynn Company, after which he started the Fluid Power Products Division for the Donaldson Company. For more information, click here.

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