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Steve Marton - (1914 - 1997)

Soaring has lost another long time friend in Steve Marton. Stephen L. Marton was born in Zakany, Hungary. He soloed in gliders under the instruction of the father of the inventor of the Rubik's Cube.

He attended the Technical University of Budapest and at the beginning of WWII was transferred to Germany where he worked as a designer at the Focke Wulf factory in the city of Erfurt. While there, he continued his education at Stuttgart University in metallurgy.

In 1950 he immigrated to Australia. He sent for his fiancee Anne and they were married in 1951. Steve was working with Reg Todhunter on a two seater version of the flying plank when Gus Raspet encouraged him to migrate to America and work with him at Mississippi State College.

After Gus's untimely death in 1960, Steve went with Mooney Aircraft. Later, in 1979, he retired from Rockwell International having worked on the B-1 and the Space shuttle.

His lifelong interest in soaring is reflected by his membership in SSA, VSA, SHA and his moving to Tehachapi. His many friends and acquaintances will long remember Steve.

submitted by Howard Burr

Posted: 2/1/1998


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