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Arthur F. Hayes (B.S. 1956, Advisor: M. Blair, M.S. 1960, Advisor: G. Freier)


Professor Morris Blair was my undergraduate advisor and Professor George Freier was my Masters advisor. I am happily retired at the First Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland, FL with my wife of 60 years, Jacqueline.

After graduation, I started my 34-year career at Honeywell as an Evaluation Engineer. I retired as a Project Engineer. My most notable achievement was the co-invention of the "Hot Line Gun Sight" for fighter aircraft with Robert Schultz, another University of Minnesota graduate. I received the Honeywell Sweat Award for this achievement in 1970. Over my career at Honeywell, I worked on navigation, fire control, marine and space systems. The last five years I was a Project Engineer at the Honeywell Systems and Research Center. One of my projects was the development of Honeywell systems for the Space Defense System Initiative, more commonly known as "Star Wars." I retired from Honeywell in 1990. I accepted a position as a Church Business Administrator at the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, WA. I refer to this second career as moving from near space to outer space. I retired from this position in 2000 and we moved to Florida. My favorite memory has to be the times I spent dating Jacquie, going to football games, watching Paul Giel run up and down the field, hockey games watching Ken Yackel at Williams Arena, and studying in the Engineering Library. After we married, we moved to the student housing on the Saint Paul campus. We had close friends there and enjoyed many happy times. On several occasions, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dr. Alfred Nier as we traveled on the intercampus trolley. My favorite physics courses and professors were Modern Physics from Alfred Nier and George Freier, mathematical Physics from Edward Hill and electronics from Morris Blair. My greatest intellectual experience was the derivation of the relationship of energy to mass from Einstein's theory of Special Relativity and the derivation of the velocity of light from Maxwell's equations.