Stan Skirvin

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Stan Skirvin, Bea Mahaffey, and Roy Lavender, from left, at Indian Lake, 1949. Photo by Ted Carnell, courtesy of Rob Hansen.

(9 May 1927 – 28 March 2014)

Stanley C. Skirvin was an early member of the Cincinnati Fantasy Group of Ohio (CFG) and one of the founders of Midwestcon. He claimed responsibility for persuading the club to name themselves the Cincinnati Fantasy Group. He edited the program book for the Cinvention, the 1949 Worldcon, and the Cinvention Memory Book afterward.

He also attended the Philcon in 1953, and organized a “Car Pool to Portland” for NorWesCon in 1950, as well as Chicon III in 1962. He was a member of the N3F and LASFS.

As an engineer for General Electric in the 1960s, Skirvin wrote aerothermodynamic software that calculated flow through nuclear aircraft engines. Moving to Schenectady, NY, and Scottsdale, AZ, he apparently gafiated, but CFG and other fans reported some 21st-century e-mail contacts. He was an avid fossil hunter and mountain climber. He also collected cacti. He was married to Joan Skirvin.

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