Earl L. Kunz
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Earl L. Kunz
Earl worked as a Senior Metallurgist in the Materials & Processing Engineering department at Rohr Chula Vista. He began working at Rohr in 1950. He met his wife, Donna Lester, and his best friend, Jerry Bennett, as well as many other friends at Rohr.
On December 16, 1954, Earl was featured sitting at a table with colleagues Lee LeGrange, John Stoddard, and Harold Armstrong. three others, holding silver coins in a Chula Vista Star News article about Fred Rohr paying his employees in silver. The silver coins were then spent all over Chula Vista showing how important Rohr Aircraft was to the community.
Over the years organizational charts show that Earl was working in Metallurgy in Research & Development in Department 24-1, in Material & Process Engineering, and working the 1st shift (Rush, 1958; 1963; 1964; 1965). In 1966 , on an Engineering Department list, Earl was listed under "Joining" section of employees. On an undated "24-1 MATERIAL & PROCESS ENGRG" list, Earl was listed as "Kunz, E. L. - Metallurgist, Sr."
In September of 1964, Earl celebrated his 40th birthday at Rohr with an avalanche of cakes (Rohr News, October 5, 1964, page 3).
According to the December 22, 1965 organizational chart Earl was working the first shift in Department 24-1.
In June of 1966, Earl was working as a Sr. Metallurgist in Department 24-1.
Around 1977, Earl and his 10 yearl old son took a Rohr bus trip to Disneyland around 1977.
In 1979, Earl and his wife hosted the Wednesday Prayer meetings at their home for Rohr personnel. One intracompany correspondence memo stated "Earl is familiar is with the hymns we planned to sing and Mrs. Kunz can accompany us on the piano."
By January of 1984, Earl is listed on the Department 817 Projects list as working on Solid Rocket Motor Cases (1984). Earl retired from Rohr in 1985 after 35 years of services.