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EAA Family Loses Two Memorable People

Leo Kohn
Leo Kohn was the first official full-time EAA employee.
Henry Ogrodzinski
Henry Ogrodzinski chauffeurs Paul Poberezny in Red One at AirVenture 2013.

January 23, 2014 - In the past week, two people closely linked with EAA's history and growth passed away and are being mourned by the EAA family.

Leo Kohn (EAA 4), one of EAA's founding members, died on Friday, January 17, at the age of 87. Leo had the foresight to take photos at EAA's first meeting in Milwaukee on January 26, 1953, and soon became EAA's first official photographer.

Leo later became the organization's first full-time employee, maintaining the connection with EAA members and chapters while Paul Poberezny was still working full-time for the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Leo was a well-regarded aviation photographer and historian throughout his career, mostly recently serving as a director of the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum in Milwaukee.

Henry Ogrodzinski (EAA 127183), the president/CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), passed away on Wednesday, January 22, at age 65 after a battle with cancer.

Henry was EAA's media and public relations director from 1982-1987, just as the organization was emerging as a leader in the entire general aviation community through its government efforts and increasing visibility of the annual EAA Oshkosh fly-in. After departing EAA, he had also worked with Gulfstream, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and the Dayton Air Show prior to joining NASAO.

EAA's deepest condolences go to Leo's and Henry's families.

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