Irvin Hamburger, Air Force civilian engineer

March 10

Irvin Hamburger, an Air Force civilian engineer who helped design, coordinate and construct the Air Force One hangar at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, died Feb. 9 at an assisted-care facility in Media, Pa. He was 86.

The cause was pneumonia, said his granddaughter, Arielle Gelman.

Mr. Hamburger worked in the engineering and construction arm of the Air Force headquarters as a civilian engineer for 41 years before his retirement in 1993. During his tenure, he worked on the construction of the Air Force One hangar at Joint Base Andrews and the Air Force Band building at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington.

He also helped direct the completion of the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center and advised on the renovation of several Air Force base hospitals.

Irvin Hamburger was a native Washingtonian and a 1945 graduate of Roosevelt High School. He was an Army Signal Corps veteran of World War II.

He moved to Pennsylvania from Martin’s Additions, in Montgomery County, in 1993.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ethel Jacobson Hamburger of Media; four children, Pamela Gelman of Elkins Park, Pa., Mitchell Hamburger of Chevy Chase, Md., Evan Solender of Gaithersburg, Md., and Melanie Greenberg of Orange County, Calif.; two sisters; and seven grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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