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Joseph C. Osborn ( Missoula 1943 )

posted: Oct 24, 2014

Joseph died March 28, 1993 at age 81. He was a descendant of many generations of Quakers and served with the CPS-103 smokejumpers at Missoula during WWII. He was injured during the 1943 training but jumped the 1944 and '45 seasons.

He received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Purdue in 1933 and his Master's from the University of Michigan in 1946. He taught applied mechanics at Purdue from 1936-42 before entering the Civilian Public Service.

After WWII he taught at Lehigh University from 1946-48, Montana State 1948-53, 1954-55 at Michigan State. He then returned to Lehigh and taught until his retirement in 1977.