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James Rowley Blackaby

Nov. 10, 1921 ~ Dec. 31, 2019

James Rowley Blackaby passed away in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 31 at the age of 98. Jim was born on Nov. 10, 1921, to Earl and Bertha Kincaid Blackaby and grew up in Ontario, Oregon. In 1939 he attended University of Oregon, where he became an ATO and devoted Ducks fan, before transferring to University of Washington to pursue his interest in aerodynamics. At UW he met Mif Bendix, and the two were married on Jan. 30, 1943. After serving in the Army during World War II, Jim returned to Seattle to finish his degree.

 In 1947, he accepted a job with NACA at Ames Research Center and moved his young family to Palo Alto. Jim began his career conducting research in the wind tunnels . . .