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Auld, Samuel H., Jr., 1925-1996


Biographical Note

Samuel H. Auld, Jr. was an electronics engineer and inventor who worked with William P. Lear.

Samuel, also called Sam, was born to Samuel H. Auld, Sr. and Wilda Jackson Auld on September 16, 1925 in Pasadena, California. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California and soon got a job working with William P. Lear.

Auld worked with William P. Lear over many years, including on the Lear Jet as head of the Electronics Division and Vice-President of Research and Development at Lear Jet Corporation. He was an electronics engineer and, with Lear, pioneered the 8-track tape deck. He also held many additional patents of his own. During his career, Auld was a member of many organizations, including the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Auld married Evelyn L. Maydeck on June 15, 1952 and the couple had three children. Samuel H. Auld, Jr. died on February 20, 1996.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Series V. Lear Jet Corporation, 1960-1974, 1984-1989, 1991-1992, 1999, undated

Scope and Contents: Lear Jet Corporation Series V: Lear Jet Corporation (LJC) primarily documents the development, production, and distribution of the Learjet Model 23 and Model 24, small and fast executive transport jets, with a lesser degree of coverage about the Lear Liner Model 40. Additionally there is a relatively small amount of information about LJC’s Stereo 8 Division, which designed, developed, and produced the 8-track audio tape cassette player for home, automobile, and personal use. The bulk...

Series XII. LearAvia Corporation, 1838-1992, 1999, undated

Scope and Contents: LearAvia Corporation This series, the largest in the collection, documents the activities of LearAvia Corporation which was established in April 1968 by William P. Lear in Reno, Nevada at the site of former Stead Air Force Base. The company was engaged in the development, manufacture, and distribution of avionic products as well the design and development of three aircraft: the LearStar 600, the Lear Allegro, and the Lear Fan 2100. The series is divided into eight subseries, administrative...

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