Remembering Paul Poberezny (1921 – 2013)


1999 National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Paul Poberezny, at right, with his son, Tom (center) and the late Donald Lopez, taken at the NAHF Pioneers of Flight Homecoming at Dayton, Ohio, July 2003.
Credit: Mike Ullery/NAHF

1999 Enshrinee and EAA Founder, Paul Poberezny, passes at age 91

1921 – 2013
Enshrined in 1999

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Founder Paul Poberezny, a 1999 Enshrinee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wis., after a battle with cancer. He was 91.

The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA. We also thank you for respecting our family’s privacy during this time.”

The world has lost a true visionary and champion of aviation whose positive impact spanned generations and will long continue to do so.  The National Aviation Hall of Fame Board of Trustees and staff offer their sincerest condolences to the Poberezny Family.  It is our privilege to have known him and to honor Paul Poberezny’s many contributions to flight.

According to a press release from EAA HQ in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, only private family services are scheduled at this time. Memorials in honor of Paul’s life and legacy can be made to any of the following:

EAA Aviation Foundation:
PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903

Evergreen Foundation, Inc.:
1130 North Westfield St., Oshkosh, WI 54902

American Cancer Society, Northeast Wisconsin:
790 Marvelle Lane, Green Bay, WI 54304