February 7, 1916 ~ January 22, 2008
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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