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John L. Ainsworth ( Missoula 1943 )

posted: Oct 25, 2008

John died August 6, 2008, in Maple Valley, Washington at age 90. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and was a CPS-103 jumper during WWII. John jumped at Missoula 1943-45 and was one of the few CPS jumpers to jump all three years of the program. He moved to Montana in 1947 working on the construction of the Hungry Horse Dam and retired from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1981. John was ahead of his time being an early advocate of organic gardening, composting and solar power. He built and drove an electric car in the 1970s.