Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Founder Paul Poberezny passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wis., after a battle with cancer. He was 91.
The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA. We also thank you for respecting our family’s privacy during this time.”
Only private family services are scheduled at this time. Memorials in honor of Paul’s life and legacy can be made to any of the following:
EAA Aviation Foundation: PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Evergreen Foundation, Inc.: 1130 North Westfield St., Oshkosh, WI 54902
American Cancer Society, Northeast Wisconsin: 790 Marvelle Lane, Green Bay, WI 54304
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Inductees include Lance Neibauer (homebuilders); the late Stephen Pitcairn (vintage aircraft); George Baker (warbirds); Roy Pinner (ultralights); and Paul Sanderson (flight instruction).
EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny announced his retirement following a decades-long career with EAA.
Jeff Dunham, a longtime EAA member and helicopter builder, has entertained thousands of comedy fans in concert and tens of millions more through his DVD, online and television appearances.
He will assume the title of chairman emeritus Aug. 1, when his retirement is effective.