Inge Logar

Obituary of Inge Logar

Inge and I were brought together when she was awarded a scholarship to UCLA, which I was attending.  Her mother was a milliner, and in those days many women wore hats.  We carpooled together with two others. 

After my graduation and military service, I returned home and began graduate studies.  She was working at Hughes Aircraft, which was the time of the (NASA) Surveyor program ~ the program for emplacement of small spacecraft on the surface of the moon.

Jim, while looking for summer work, interviewed with Schlumberger.  The region manager reached into his desk, pulled out a contract and said “Mr. Logar, SLB does not need summer employees, we need someone with your degrees.  Here is an employment agreement for full-time work.”

Inge and I married and have traveled together to various work assignments, and in retirement, for the next 60 years.

She was a mathematics teacher at some points in Jakarta and in Texas.  She was degreed in mathematics and science and taught some in Jakarta and Texas.

Inge was a great cook.  She cooked for many of my engineering colleagues and was a wonderful hostess.  She had to entertain the king of a country in west Africa and a royal delegation.  She stepped in for me when I was heavily engaged in critical matters.

After a couple of foreign assignments, we were given a Paris assignment, which was unbelievably joyous to two people who have been working worldwide and some remote parts of the world.  Think of “an American in Paris”.

To say that I love other of particular Inge memories that circle around her …she entertained my colleagues and clients of the company in spite of her hearing impairment, and she was very well received by all of my foreign colleagues, and I will add that was very helpful for a married person working remotely where most of the company employees were bachelors.

She was eight when she left Germany first moving to Chicago, then Granada Hills, California.  But then at 15 years old she had both eardrums and all fluids removed when I first met her in the hospital.

She was still able to visit in spite of the hearing impairment. She traveled with me to foreign assignments, entertained dignitaries of the company or the government, even in my absence during a work assignment, generating thanks to me and us.

She had acquired teacher’s credentials while in Hanford, California, was able to do some teaching and all while wearing a headset to help her hear and with reading lips, which she placed over her head.  Her abilities as a mathematician and in social circuits, became appreciated.

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