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  • ID: ind00352
  • Name: Albert Granville FONDA
  • Given Name: Albert Granville
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 06 NOV 1928 in Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY 1
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  • Baptism: 2
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    b. Amsterdam, Montgomery Co., NY; 1930 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY; 1940 US Federal Census, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY (Albert G Fonda, b. 1930, NY, Son, Albert D, Helen C); res. Buffalo, NY; res. King of Prussia, PA; m2. Muriel W. Swartz; [School Yearbooks - Albert Fonda, Cornell University Cornellian, Ithaca, New York, 1951]; o. Mechanical Engineer, Inventor, Consultant; [R036a] Century Farms, 1847-1947; [R028a] The Dockstader Family >> <<

    [Fonda, Albert Granville 1928- Who's Who in the East 14th edition, 1974-1975]; had numerous inventions including patents on power steering design; served as President of the American Society of Inventors and is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers ("Albert G. Fonda")]; [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Name: Albert G Fonda, Arrival Date: 2-Dec-1956, Port of Departure: Paris, France]

    [GM On Griddle: Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, D-Conn., has quietly reopened his investigation of General Motors, which skyrocketed Ralph Nader to fame. At stormy Senate hearings back in 1966, General Motors denied Nader's charges that the Corvair was "unsafe at any speed." Now Nader has accused GM of concealing information from the Ribicoff committee. To investigate the charge, Ribicoff has twice dispatched two trusted aides, Robert Wager and John Koskinen, to Detroit. A spokesman acknowledged to us only that the Senator is investigating and that "General Motors is cooperating." Nader, meanwhile, has obtained supporting statements from three automotive scientists. Albert Fonda and Dimitry Sergay, both of King of Prussia, Pa., swore to Nader that GM's own tests proved the Corvair should never have gone into production because it was "dangerously prone to rollover." The 1963 Corvair, they said, flipped in a hard right turn at 28 miles an hour. They estimated it would cost GM $12 million to make safe the 600,000 Corvairs still on the road. In contrast, the engineers computed that losses of earnings to those seriously injured or killed in Corvair rollovers will be $175 million. This doesn't count medical expenses and property damages. Ralph Smith, of Hatboro, Pa., another automotive scientist, said GM's recall cost per Corvair would be $10 to $15 plus frontend alignment and installation, GM, in a hot statement about Nader's new charges declared: "GM has not misrepresented the Corvair to the Senate." The company accused him of conducting a "personal vendetta." Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y. - Sat., Jan. 16, 1971]

    [Albert Granville Fonda was born November 6, 1928 in Amsterdam, N.Y. He graduated from Johnstown H. S. in 1946; attended Cornell University, College of Mechanical Engineering, graduating with a 5-year BME degree in 1951, and later the College of Agriculture, graduating with a MS in 1954. He and his wife Ellen lived in the Buffalo, NY area for 8 years, while Al was employed by Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory and Bell Aircraft. They moved to the Philadelphia area in 1961 where Al worked for Giannini Controls, Boeing-Vertol and General Electric, all in aeronautics and aerospace research. In 1968, he began an independent automotive consulting business specializing in accident reconstruction. Al was kept active by a large family of 5 children, all of whom were supported for college degrees. He had numerous inventions including patents on power steering design; he served as President of the American Society of Inventors and is active in the Society of Automotive Engineers. Albert and Ellen were divorced in 1983.]

    Father: Albert Dow FONDA b: 08 MAR 1893 in Fonda Farm, Mohawk, Montgomery Co., NY
    Mother: Helen Scureman CLARK b: 01 JUN 1894 in Kingston, Luzerne Co., PA

    Marriage 1 Living BARBER
      1. Has Children Living FONDA
      2. Has Children Living FONDA
      3. Has No Children Living FONDA
      4. Has No Children Living FONDA
      5. Has No Children Living FONDA

      1. Title: Century Farms, 1847-1947
        The Fonda Farm, Montgomery County
        Fonda Family
        Publication: Ballston Spa, NY
        Publisher: New York State Agricultural Society
        Publication Date: 1947
        Issue: F4
      2. Title: The Dockstader Family
        Descendants of Georg Dachstatter, Palatine Emigrant of 1709 who settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York
        Allied Families
        Publication: Dodge City, KS
        Publisher: High Plains Publishers, Inc.
        Publication Date: 1994
        Issue: A27
        Edition: 4 volumes
        Author: Rooney, Doris Dockstader
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