Robert K. Jorgensen 
V.P. - Engineering
May 19, 2009

Bob "Jorgy" Jorgensen, age 87, died in Chicago on May 19, 2009. He started his more than50 years in aviation as a B-52 test pilot with North American Aviation followed by a tour of duty with the Navy during WWII. He spent the next 20 years with the Northwest Airlines becoming the Director of Flight Engineers and helped usher the airline into the jet age. He then became vice president of Engineering with Hughes Airwest and subsequently developed multiple airlines throughout Asia. With this background, he became Executive Vice President of Operations with Phillippine Airlines, chief operating officer with Horizon Airlines, president and chief operating officer with Midway Aircraft and maintence engineering and vice-president of system safety with Midway Airlines. In addition to his extensive experience, Jorgy served in leadership positions with the Society of Air Safety Investigaors, Automotive Engineers Association, Airline Transport Association and Airline Pilots Association. He is survived by his wife Susan, his son Bob (Ayrian) and stepchildren Michael, Mark (Linda), Lisa (Michael), Jennifer, Kara (Ted) and Meg as well as 12 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Dick. A private memorial service will be held by the family. Memorials should be made to  Alzheimer's Association  of Illinois (