PAUL P. DATNER December 29, 1919 - October 21, 2009 Born December 29, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, Paul was the only child of Ignac and Margit Datner. He left Hungary shortly before the outbreak of World War II to study mechanical engineering at the Zurich Institute of Technology. He would remain a resident of Switzerland until immigrating to the United States in 1949. Settling in Southern California, Paul met and married Phyllis Ann Miller, formerly of Lima, Ohio. While raising two children, Penny and Philip, they resided in Covina, Sacramento, Miami, and Claremont, as Paul was transferred to various departments in the Aerojet-General Corporation. While at Aerojet, he played a key role in developing the first Polaris missile, a submarine-launched weapon. He also managed the 260-inch rocket booster program, which remains the largest solid fuel rocket motor ever fired, and for which he received a NASA Public Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of solid propulsion. Later in life, Paul worked in the water desalinization field and then finished his career service as an executive recruiter. An avid outdoorsman, Paul enjoyed skiing, hiking, camping, and boating. He particularly enjoyed the opportunity to ski free at Mammoth Mountain for several years after exceeding their upper age limit for lift tickets. Preceded in death by his wife in 1982, Paul is survived by both his children: Penny Ross of Hawthorne, CA and Philip Datner of San Jose, CA; and three grandchildren: Joe, Amy, and Andy. Private graveside services will be held Friday, October 30, 2009, at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont, California.

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  1. Phil, Penny and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved father, Paul. Many of us, Phil’s friends, are only now learning of about your father. We have missed knowing a good man. Others have fond memories of your dad in Creation on Boy Scout outings! Our thoughts are with you in your profound loss. Casey Roberts

  2. Dear Penny, Phillip and family, I have been out of town and just now heard the sad news. It was a pleasure to know your father, and I am very grateful for the many years he and my late mother enjoyed each other. Sincerely, Kim Cox

  3. Greetings, I just found out about Paul’s passing. Although I never met him, I worked with him over the phone. He got me a job with a good raise, the only executive recruiter to do so to this point in my career. (And I’ve worked with several). I particularly remember Paul’s sense of humor. He made the negotiations fun and he gave me some great advice, both in securing the job at hand and future advice for my career. My condolences to his loved ones. I know there are many! Denny Mosier Pomona, CA

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