United States of America
1924 - 2019
VFS Emeritus Member Robert B. Bossler was born July 17, 1924. During World War II, he served in the US Army, 99th Infantry Division, participating from start to finish in the Battle of the Bulge, then the Rhineland Campaign into Germany, earning a Bronze Star.
After the War, he entered The Pennsylvania State University, graduating in 1949. He became a widely-recognized aeronautical engineer at Bell, Kaman and Lucas Western, before starting Bossler Technical Services. The Kaman KAflex coupling was one of his 22 patents.
Bossler joined VFS in 1951 and was named an Honorary Fellow in 2013 (see photo). He was the author of several papers and Vertiflite articles.
According to his family, Bossler “traveled extensively, always making friends and documenting his adventures through photography.” He was a member of the Civil War Round Table, the Bloomfield Fish and Game Club, and the 99th Infantry Division Association. He lived the last nine years in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Bossler, 94, passed away on March 30, 2019