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J. David Callaghan (08/10/1915 - 07/30/2013)

John David Callaghan
August 10, 1915 – July 30, 2013

John David Callaghan, a year-round resident of Seaside Park, and formerly of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, died peacefully in Carthage, Missouri on July 30, 2013, just 11 days shy of his 98th birthday. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Edward N. Callaghan, a civil engineer who worked on the Conowingo Dam in Maryland and for the Reading Railroad, and Sara [née Lotz] Callaghan, a descendant of Col. Nicholas Lotz of the Revolutionary Army. David, “Dave”, attended Reading schools and Pennsylvania State College.

In WWII he was a commissioned officer [2nd Lt] in the Army Signal Corps but spent most of the war on detached service with the 56th Fighter Group of the Army Air Corps, where he was instrumental in improving the range of life-saving ground to air communications. A part of the 8th Air Force, the 56th was the highest-scoring fighter group in the European theater.

After the war he was hired by RCA as an electrical engineer. His projects included the development and commercial application of color TV. In 1951 he received the RCA Award of Merit as a most valuable employee.

While still employed at RCA, he was assigned to work on the United States Air Force BMEWS [Ballistic Missile Early Warning System]. He was the special engineering manager of the BMEWS site in Clear, Alaska, and once that project was completed, he became the manager of implementation and installation of the BMEWS sites at Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, and at the Royal Air Force Flyingdales Base in Yorkshire, England.

When the BMEWS projects were completed he returned to RCA and developed an antenna design laboratory. This facility designed a complete line of TV receiving antennas plus other custom engineering projects, including the earliest TV games. He was granted 15 U.S. patents during his career at RCA, and retired as a Division Chief Engineer in 1980.

His big interests were fishing, hunting, and flying. He was proud of the fact that he obtained a pilot’s license before he was old enough to obtain a driver’s license. His fishing achievements included catching an 1170 lb. bluefin tuna off the coast of Prince Edward Island in 1978. He was charter member #44 of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elisabeth M. Callaghan, in 2007. His survivors include two daughters, Jean S. Callaghan and Mary C. Moore, son-in-law Alexander Moore, two grandchildren, Simon Moore and Alice E. Moore, all of Rhode Island, and his beloved companion Constance Eves of Bayville, New Jersey and Carthage, Missouri.


8/31/2013 2:07:03 PM
i do believe if the Faa is fudend, just a little longer, GA will be a thing of the past, without flying machines, why would we need the Faa, if we don't have cars, why would we need state police. i just went up town a few days ago and re-registered my car, and only took a few minutes, have you tried to register an experimental home built, lately. i had to drive 280 miles to get a condition inspection license to work on an aircraft that i built, but not allowed to work on without a license thanks Faa for your help in this matter. all we need for safety in flying is a good radio, to report your position at airports, on take off and landing, most controllers are asleep anyway.
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