Jim Withington, born March 30, 1920, passed away in the early morning hours of July 28, 2009. The life he led was fuller than any could hope, and could not be had for any amount of riches. The heavy load he carried for others throughout his life has been lifted, and those of us who he carried so selflessly on his shoulders can only repay him by making ourselves worthy of his commitment and passing his gifts on to others. Jim lived in every corner of the country and saw some of the last century’s greatest events. Jim graduated from Phillips-Exeter Academy and attended Tufts University. He worked at the MIT Wind Tunnel and Boston’s Logan Field early in his career. He served as a B-29 Crew Chief in the Philippines in the 1940s and then returned to Boeing where he worked for 36 years at Boeing as a senior engineer on some of their most important programs, including the Saturn V, 747, 737, 727, 707, KC-135 and YC-14. After retiring he ranched in Montana and farmed in Oregon. He was an avid sailboat racer, skier, fisherman, private aircraft pilot and was always looking to the next horizon.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Liz, son Jim and his wife Lisa with their two children, James and Lauren. His brother, Bob, was also a lifetime Boeing man, and lives in the Seattle area with his wife Betsy and their children Vince, Tori, Martin, Holden and their families. Although in later years he outlived many of his friends, we are pleased to know that he is back in their company. He is enormously missed and cherished.