Longtime EASA engineer, Dave Gebhart, passes
For 35 years, Dave Gebhart served EASA members as an engineer, an educator and a good friend. Gebhart, 88, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 11, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dorothy (nee: Doolin) Gebhart.
Gebhart began his long career with EASA in 1964. Previously, he had gained extensive experience in motor design with manufacturers such as Delco and Howell Electric Motors. Many EASA members knew Gebhart from the "AC Motor Redesign" seminar which he taught more than 50 times. Gebhart retired from EASA in October 1999.
"My work at EASA has been a very enjoyable experience," said Gebhart in a 1999 Currents article announcing his retirement. "It was especially rewarding helping members work through sometimes unique technical problems."
Today's EASA engineering staff say they can point to Gebhart as being a truly knowledgeable individual and a good representative for the electric motor industry on the whole.
"This is sad news," said Tom Bishop, EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist. "I knew Dave for many years when I was on the old EASA Engineering Committee; and for decades before that with my own technical inquiries. My dream to come to EASA began with an AC Redesign seminar he presented in 1972."
"I had the great privilege to work with Dave at EASA, after holding him in awe for the previous 20 years when I used to call him for help," said Chuck Yung, EASA Senior Technical Support Specialist. "He was a remarkable person, and I will miss him."
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