Denke, Paul Herman Paul Denke, a 47-year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on January 22, 2008. He was born in San Francisco in 1916, and received B.A. and M.A. degrees in civil engineering at the University of California Berkeley. He began working at Douglas Aircraft in 1940, retiring 60 years later at the age of 85. Paul was the pioneer in the development of the finite element analysis method of structures. He contributed to the design of the C47 Dakota, the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC-8 and the DC-9 aircraft. At the time of his retirement, he was working to develop new methods to analyze noise levels in the fuselage of aircraft, before presenting his last scientific results in a international conference shortly before retirement. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Beryl, three Daughters, Karen Mottaz, Claudia Tesche and Marilyn Oliver, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, January 27th, 2008 at St. Peter's By the Sea Presbyterian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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  1. Dear Beryl, Though I nave not met Paul I feel I know him vicariously through your many wonderful tales at the Writer’s Group gatherings. You and your family have my deepest condolences and are in my prayers. Love, Fred

  2. Dear Beryl Deepest sympathy to you and yours. What wonderful memories you have shared with our Writer’s Group. Dorothe

  3. Dear Beryl, We were all sorry to hear about your loss of Paul. I hope to be at the service in St. Peter’s. Love, Barbara Covey

  4. Dear Mrs Denke, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sean told me a few stories about his Grandfather, but I’ll always be sorry that I never had the chance to meet him. Kindest regards, Leslie Wright Malcolm

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