The Lawrence History Center is sad to announce the death of long time friend and volunteer Al Koch. Al passed away on April 24, 2015 at the age of 90.
Al was a remarkable and brilliant man. He served the country with honor and bravery during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, three Battle Stars, the Distinguished Unit Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal. Al held degrees in physics and mathematics and worked as a physicist for Textron Defense Systems. Al could always be counted on to greet you with a salute, a smile and a quick lesson in German!
Phyllis Tyler recalls, "I didn't know Al for very long, but I always thought of him as a warm, unassuming man who was nice to everybody - like a favorite uncle you were always glad to see." LHC director Susan Grabski agrees, "I met Al only a few times, but he was always friendly and willing to lend a hand. He will be missed."