Service set for Irvin Hamburger, veteran who loved flying

Irvin Hamburger
Irvin Hamburger
Posted: May 27, 2014

A memorial service will be Tuesday, May 27, for Irvin Hamburger, 86, formerly of Elkins Park, who died Sunday, Feb. 9, of pneumonia at Martins Run in Media, where he had lived for the last six years.

The service will be at 11 a.m. in the retirement community at 11 Martins Run.

A native of Washington, Mr. Hamburger loved flying. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After graduating from the Catholic University of America he spent several years in the construction business with his father.

In March 1945, Mr. Hamburger started work as an inspector at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He became a civilian engineer for the Pentagon, retiring in October 1993 after 41 years.

Mr. Hamburger's signature accomplishments were coordinating design and construction of the hangar for Air Force One at Andrews and of the U.S. Air Force Band Building at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.

He also directed completion of the National Military Command Center, a vital part of the Pentagon. Mr. Hamburger was named an honorary member of the Air Force Institute of Technology and received the Air Force Outstanding Career Service Award.

He lived in Chevy Chase, Md., and then Elkins Park for 21 years, before retiring to Martins Run.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ethel Jacobson Hamburger; daughters Pamela Gelman, Melanie Greenberg, and Evan Solender; a son, Mitchell; seven grandchildren; and two sisters.

Interment was in Maryland. Contributions may be made to the Martins Run Dementia Fund, 11 Martins Run, Media, Pa. 19063.


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