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1956 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Roy T. Hurley*

Curtiss-Wright Company

"I was determined to learn all I needed to pursue my dream of working in the aviation industry."

Roy Hurley never completed his formal education. Instead, he enrolled in several mail-order courses and read library textbooks to learn about his passion, aeronautics. He entered the field of aeronautics as a mechanic in an aviation factory. Later, he became a plane inspector during World War I and headed the production staff at Bendix Aviation Company. He served with the add service branch ordinance in World War II and was appointed president of Curtiss-Wright in 1949. He later served as chairman of the board at Curtiss-Wright. His knowledge and experience in the field of aerodynamics accounted for his meteoric rise in his profession.

* Deceased