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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB030 (2003)

ARLB030 W1AW Operator Chuck Bender, W1WPR, SK

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 30  ARLB030
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 23, 2003
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB030 W1AW Operator Chuck Bender, W1WPR, SK

Former W1AW station manager Chuck Bender, W1WPR, died at his home in
West Hartford, Connecticut, on April 17. He was 79 years old. For
over 37 years, Bender served as an operator at W1AW, from 1952 until
his retirement in 1989, with the last 17 years as Chief Operator.

''Chuck was a fixture at W1AW and for many League members, he was the
visible, human face of ARRL Headquarters as he greeted visitors to
the station during his tenure,'' said ARRL Chief Operating Officer
Mark Wilson, K1RO.
ARRL Archivist Perry Williams, W1UED, was a long-time colleague of
Bender's at the League. ''He was a private man who liked to read and
he enjoyed playing chess,'' Williams said. ''He loved baseball, and he
also bowled a lot with his wife Arline.''

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bender joined the US Army during
World War II, seeing action in Germany. He previously held the call
W3ODU and was married to another former ARRL HQ staffer Arline
Bender, WA1VCM, in 1968.

Bender was preceded in death by his wife Arline and son Steven
Lyhne; his daughter, Susan Lyhne, survives him. At Bender's request,
no public memorial service will be held.