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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:13 a.m., Friday, November 22, 2002

McKinley High honors aviation expert

By Rod Ohira
Advertiser Staff Writer

A 1943 McKinley graduate who retired as president of Boeing Advanced Systems and Boeing Military Airplane Co. was inducted today into his high school's "Hall of Honor."

Seventy-seven-year-old Abraham Meu Sen "Abe" Goo, a Makiki native who lives in Kent, Wash., is the 153rd "Hall of Honor" inductee since the McKinley Alumni Association began recognizing distinguished graduates with framed photo portraits in the hallway of the school's administration building in 1986.

Goo was formally inducted today in a mid-morning ceremony before the McKinley student body.

"I appreciate the experience of being recognized by my high school," Goo said.

Goo and his wife, the former Shin Quon, a 1945 McKinley graduate, established an endowment fund three years ago that provides full scholarships to the University of Hawai'i for McKinley graduates pursuing a science major. They have also established a charitable trust at the University of Illinois, where Goo earned his electrical engineering degree in 1951.

Goo is a third-generation Chinese-American and comes from a family of 14 children. He dropped out of high school after his junior year to assist in clearing debris at Hickam field from the Dec. 7, 1941, attack.

Dr. Miles E. Cary, then McKinley's principal, encouraged Goo to resume his education.

Goo attended day classes and worked the night shift at Hickam repairing damaged warplanes.

After earning his college degree, Goo began a 38-year career with Boeing in Seattle. His early years were spent on the company's pioneering military programs that involved YB-47, KC-135 and Minutemen missiles.

He was the chief design engineer on the company's AGM-69 short-range missile system and the B-1 avionics system.

He later directed work in breakthrough technology programs that led to Boeing developing the B-2 and F22-A bombers, as well as the Boeing Condor aircraft.

When he retired in 1989, Goo had worked his way up from chief engineer to president of a company that employed 32,000 people.