Maj Donald Edward Keyhoe

Maj Donald Edward Keyhoe

Death 29 Nov 1988 (aged 91)
Burial Luray, Page County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 49213163 · View Source
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Washington Post
December 2, 1988


Donald Edward Keyhoe, 91, a retired Marine Corps major and a former director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest Nov. 29 at the Life Care Center in New Market, Va.

Mr. Keyhoe, who moved from Alexandria to Luray, Va., in 1969, wrote two books about unidentified flying objects. "Flying Saucers Are Real" was published in 1950 and "Flying Saucers from Outer Space" was published in 1953.

As director of the committee, on which he worked from 1956 to 1969, he spent much of his time attempting to persuade the Air Force to investigate UFO sightings.
"We want the Air Force merely to end its secrecy on sightings and stop ridiculing competent witnesses," Mr. Keyhoe said in a 1966 article in The Washington Post. He said that his goal was to get the Air Force to support the committee's contentions that UFOs exist.

Mr. Keyhoe's organization went bankrupt and he retired in 1969, the same year the Air Force abandoned UFO research.

Mr. Keyhoe, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1919. He served in the Marine Corps for five years and attained the rank of major before retiring in 1923 as a result of a plane crash injury.

During the 1920s, he was an editor with the Coast and Geodetic Survey and an information officer with the Civil Aeronautics Branch of the Commerce Department.

Mr. Keyhoe was an aide to Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927 when Lindbergh made the first solo, nonstop flight from New York to Paris.

During the 1930s and the 1940s, Mr. Keyhoe was a free-lance writer whose work appeared in such publications as The Nation, The Saturday Evening Post and Reader's Digest.

Survivors include his wife, the former Helen Gardner of Luray; twin daughters, Katherine and Caroline Keyhoe, both of Hyattsville; a son, Joseph Keyhoe of Bethesda, and a sister, Katherine Keyhoe of Asheville, N.C.

Above information courtesy of contributor
Rose Ann Smythe # 49430596

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