In Memorium

17 DEC 2013

MAJOR Carl J. Dykman, U.S. Air Force Retired

6 NOV 2013

Arthur W. 'Oley' Olafson

9 SEP 2013

Captain Kurt Brown, U.S. Air Force Retired


Kurt Brown, "Captain Kurt", "Coach" or whatever you may have called him, was put in the ICU at The Ohio State University Medical Center with pneumonia and two other infections last Saturday, August 30, and was successful in defeating all of his infections. He received tremendous care from all the ICU staff.

Yesterday he was deemed stable enough to undergo an MRI to determine how successful his most recent radiation treatments were. Today those results were read and unfortunately, the PCNSL had returned all over his brain and upper cervical vertebrae. Included in the area was his brain stem, which explained why he was not able to breathe off the ventilator even though his lungs were clear. Per Kurt's written wishes, at 5:07 PM the ventilator was removed and Kurt passed away peacefully at 6:04 PM surrounded by his wife, Else, his children, Sjoukje, Kurt, and Alex, and his sister, Barb.


Kurt H. Brown was born in 1942 in Rochester, NY. Kurt was the son of George A. Brown, Alexandria Bay, NY and Florence Ostrander, Theresa, NY. George was an Athletic Director, while Florence was a third grade and music teacher. They moved back to Alexandria Bay, NY in 1943 to raise their son, and Kurt graduated from Alexandria Central School in 1960, while excelling in music and athletics.

From 1960-1964 Kurt attended Colgate University, majoring in Mathematics. Kurt was awarded scholarships in baseball, ice hockey, and vocal music at Colgate. Additionally, Kurt was a brother of Phi Delta Theta and was a US Air Force ROTC Cadet at Colgate. He earned many Air Force awards, which led to his being commissioned as a regular officer upon graduation.

After graduation Kurt played professional hockey in Holland as a goaltender with the Dutch National Team, where he met his wife, Else Van Breugel, to whom he was married in 1967.

In 1965 Kurt entered USAF Pilot training, and flew the C-130 Hercules serving in South America, Europe, Africa, and Vietnam until 1970.

EDITOR: Kurt was a RC-130A Pilot with ACGS, Forbes AFB, KS

Kurt was hired by Delta Airlines in 1972 and flew worldwide commercial routes until retiring to Sarasota, FL in 2002. From 1980-1996 Kurt acted as the Hockey Program Director and a coach for the Barrington Area Hockey League in Barrington, IL. BAHL grew from 83 to 600 players under Kurt's volunteer direction, and became one of the largest and most competitive youth hockey clubs in Illinois.

Kurt was inducted into the Colgate University Athletic Hall of Honor in October of 2011 for his performance in the sport of ice hockey, with two goaltending records from 1964 still standing.

After retiring Kurt volunteered at the Sarasota Veterans' Association, St. John's Methodist Church, Heritage Oaks Homeowners' Association, served as President of the Ostrander Family Association, and played senior ice hockey.

In 2010 Primary Central Nervous System (Brain) Lymphoma was detected and Kurt battled this disease, caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, until his passing on September 9, 2013.

Kurt is survived by his wife Else, his three children: Sjoukje, Kurt O. (married to Sadie), Alexander, two grandchildren: Carter and Anneke, his sister, Barbara, and numerous extended relatives.

Kurt's first loves in life were his wife, family, friends, and his churches, and he wishes everyone a long and healthy life. A memorial service will be held at the Alexandria Bay, NY United Methodist Church on October 19, 2013 at 1:00pm. Burial services will follow immediately at Barnes Settlement Cemetery, Alexandria Bay, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send donations In Memory of Kurt Brown to either: Hope Lodge NYC (c/o Karen Radwin) 132 W 32nd Street NY, NY 10001 or to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center c/o Hugh B. Kelly, Annual Giving Officer MSKCC 633 Third Avenue, 28th Floor NY, NY 10017

Porter Hickman Garland

7 AUG 2013

It is with sorry in my heart that I inform you or the death of a former photomapper.

Porter Hickman Garland died on August 7, 2013 at 95 years of age.

Porter served during WWII with the Geodets, and was recalled for Korea when he worked for the VA. During his first tour of duty he was part of a small group of men who worked mapping the tributaries of the Amazon. Much of their travel was by dugout canoe with native guides.

Porter's second assignment was mapping the Saudi Arabian desert. The group worked with the Crown Prince, and went to events where the King was in attendance.

Porter loved to tell stories about the war to everyone who listened. The teenagers were so interested that one actually asked if he could sit with Porter afternoons when Porter broke his shoulder.

Porter was active and healthy until the last few days. He enjoyed talking about the Amazon and the Middle East. I have pictures of him in front of the pyramids, of floods in the desert (after heavy rain in the mountains), and the planes that took them upriver from Manaus, Brazil.

Kitty Garland Moore(Daughter)

24 JUN 2013

William D. Braceland

William D. Braceland, 91, of Havertown, a printing company executive, died June 24, 2013 at Riddle Village in Media of complications from a stroke.

"He died as he lived - peacefully," said daughter Joan Hawsey.

From 1946 until his retirement in 1973, he was co-owner of Braceland Bros. Printing Inc., a large Philadelphia-based company that handled government contracts as well as commercial work. The firm, founded in 1899, had plants here, and in Steubenville, Ohio, and Franconia, Va.

A third generation of Braceland family members ran the business before selling it 15 years ago.

Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Braceland graduated from West Catholic High School for Boys in 1939 and served in the Army Air Forces from August 1942 to May 1946. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

While in the military, he was part of a mapping survey team that worked in Brazil and West Africa. He loved the work and the travel, his daughter said.

The Bracelands were Life Members of The Air Force Photo Mapping Association.

Mr. Braceland worked from 1979 to 1986 in the Oncology Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a paid special projects coordinator. One of his tasks was managing volunteers. For years, he also raised money for the hospital's cancer research by volunteering for the Dressage at Devon horse show.

He enjoyed photography, Macintosh computers, liberal politics, and watching CNN.

His daughter described Mr. Braceland as kind, calm, and gentle, as well as logical. "He was personable, but not in a big way," she said.

He was married to the former Jeanne Quinn. The two were introduced by mutual friends. She died in 2007.

Surviving, besides his daughter, are a son, W. Donald; another daughter, Carol M.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A son died earlier.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Riddle Village, 1048 W. Baltimore Pike, Media. Mr. Braceland donated his body to science through the Humanity Gifts Registry.

16 MAY 2013

Captain Clayton Lee Cairl, U.S. Air Force Retired


Clayton Lee Cairl, 88, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Cairl is survived by his wife, Rachel, son Lee, daughter Debbie Smith. Stepsons Stan and Tim Revell, stepdaughter, Becky Revell, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Cairl served 18 years with the US Air Force where he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross. He spent 12 years in the aviation field as a check pilot. A graveside service was held on May 18 at Mansion Memorial Park.

The Bradenton Herald - May 23, 2013

Captain Clayton Lee Cairl passed away May 16 2013 in Palmetto Florida, at age 88. While in the 1371st M and C he was an Aircraft Commander on the RB-50F and also flew B 50s and B 29s out of Japan in the early 1950s as well. After the Air Force he was with the FAA as an Air Carrier Inspector and retired out of the Miami office.

I have been friends with Clay since 1959 at AST#7, Clark AB, P.I.

Bob Cassube

21 MAR 2013

Major James McKeown, U.S. Air Force Retired

19 MAR 2013

Col. William Kenneth Griffin, U.S. Air Force Retired

April 20, 1930 - March 19, 2013

Col. William Kenneth Griffin, USAF, (ret.), age 82, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Col. Griffin was born in Brownsville, TX, on Easter morning April 20, 1930. He was the son of Raymond and Rubye Smith Griffin.

He joined the Air Force as a young man when it was still called the Army Air Corps. His flight instructors were World War II fighter pilots.

He met and married his wife, Mary Jane in 1956 in Florida. He and his new wife moved to Spain so that he could be part of the 1370th Photo-Mapping Group that made aerial maps of the country. During his years in the Air Force, his unit made maps of Spain, Columbia, and Ethiopia and flew over Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Bill was a Life Member of the AFPMA, and #51 on the Oldest Photomapper Roster.

9 FEB 2013

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