H. Blair Hull, October, 1942
H. Blair Hull,
Widely-Known Engineer, Dead
H. Blair Hull, 51, widely-known inventor and research engineer for
Frigidaire division of General Motors Corp., died Wednesday at 7:30 a. m. at his
residence, 1454 Glendale av. Born in St. Clairsville, Pa., Mr. Hull had been a
resident of Dayton for 23 years. He was a graduate of Cornell university, the
class of 1913.
A World War veteran, Mr.
Hull spent three years following the war in France where he was in charge of
refrigeration plans for the Frigidaire division of General Motors Corp. In 1921
he came to Dayton as research engineer for Frigidaire.
Mr. Hull held a hundred
patents, which he received for his inventions. He received the Modern Pioneer
Award in 1939 for distinguished achievement in the field of science. He
perfected the air cooling system for fever cabinets and has also done extensive
research work for the iron lung, blood bank and Pavex machine. He was the author
of "Household Refrigeration," which is the only book of its kind published and
is used as a textbook in colleges today. Mr. Hull was credited with having the
fourth largest collection of mechanical banks in the United States.
He held membership in the
Engineers club, the Dayton Art Institute, the First Lutheran church, the
American Society of Refrigeration Engineers and was a 22nd degree Mason.
Surviving is his widow,
Fay Houston Hull. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at Whitmer
Brothers funeral home, 239 N. Ludlow st. Burial will be in Memorial Park
cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Thursday.
H. Blair Hull resides at
Dayton Ohio. He is a Cornell University graduate, and has been actively engaged
for the past twenty years in research engineering work for General Motors. Mr.
Hull is an inventor with well over one hundred issued patents to his credit. He
received the Modern Pioneer Award in 1939 for distinguished achievement in the
field of science. Thus he is well equipped for distinguished service in another
field — collecting data on mechanical banks. He writes, "Mechanical banks have
offered an interesting subject of study, as both their mechanism and the wealth
of material in the hundreds of old patents covering the early banks."
Mr. Hull is in the course
of his investigations has examined most of the large collections of mechanical
banks throughout the country.