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Gifts in Memory of Mr. Jack DeTore

The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department (MAE) at the University of Texas at Arlington strive to unleash the spirit of innovation from flight to alternative energy.  Emboldened by the direct and positive effect engineers have on people's everyday lives MAE students look forward to channeling their imagination and creativity to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century.  Through his pioneering work in rotorcraft design, Jack DeTore exemplify, inspire and challenge the next generation of innovators.  Would you honor him and extend his legacy by supporting future engineers through your generous donation at

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John Anthony DeTore Sr.

John Anthony DeTore, Sr.John Anthony DeTore Sr. passed away peacefully this past Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. He was 89 years old.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers or memorial, the family requests that any consideration go to the John DeTore Memorial Fund at the University of Texas, Arlington, Aerospace Engineering program. Also may send to

Always known as Jack, he was born to John Edward and Helen Delmonico DeTore in Syracuse, N.Y. on Nov. 10, 1929, and raised in Syracuse. He was an only child. He attended Syracuse University for Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1950 and 1951.

Jack married Jo Anne Williams, in Fort Worth on June 16, 1955. They lived in Arlington, Texas and had one son, John Jr. Jo Anne died May 16, last year. They were married nearly 63 years. His entire career was spent working as an engineer for Bell Helicopter, beginning with the design of the Huey and ending with the Osprey.

Jack had a lifelong love of engineering and science and really anything technical. In particular, he was always so interested in pushing programs in aircraft science.

Through his pioneering work in rotocraft design, Jack DeTore exemplifies, inspires and challenges the next generation of innovators.

SURVIVORS: His son, John A. De Tore Jr.; and granddaughters, Suzanne (27), Caroline (23) and Mabel (5).