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George W. Fogel (1927-1964)

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The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) - Monday, November 2, 1964

Crash Kills Ex-L. V. Man In Canadian Snowstorm, 1964

Special to The Morning Call

    WATSON LAKE, Yukon Territory - George Fogel, 37-year-old former Northampton resident, was killed and his wife and four children were injured early Sunday when two cars collided in a blinding snowstorm.

    The crash happened on the Alaska Highway, 59 miles west of this Yukon Territory outpost near the British Columbia border.

    Fogel's wife Helen and the children were flown to a hospital at Whitehorse, nearly 200 miles northwest of Watson Lake. The extent of their injuries was not known.

    Fogel was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Fogel of 405 E. 11th St., Northampton.

    The elder Mrs. Fogel was told of the tragedy by telephone at 3:30 a.m. Sunday by her son's mother-in-law in Anchorage, Alaska.

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police here did not have details of the accident. The crash scene was 875 miles from Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Fogel and his family left Fairbanks early Saturday to drive to Albuquerque, N.M. He was a member of a Radiation Corp. team which has been working for a year on the Nimbus space program at the Gilmore Tracking Station just outside Fairbanks.

    Another Lehigh Valley man, Donald Kohler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D. Kohler of 402 Main St., Egypt, was working on the Nimbus program with Fogel as an employe of General Electric Co.

    Kohler returned to his Phoenixville home from Alaska Oct. 25.

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, November 5, 1964

Funeral Service Friday for Alaskan Space Technician, 1964

    A graveside funeral service will be held in Whitehorse Friday for an American space program technician who was killed in an accident at Watson Lake last Sunday.

    George Fogel, 37, formerly of Mountainview, Alaska, died when his Volkswagon bus collided with another vehicle in a blinding snowstorm on the Alaska Highway. His wife Helen and two of their four children were flown to Whitehorse where they are still in hospital.

    One of the children suffered a fractured leg and the other an abdominal injury. They and Mrs. Fogel were said today to be "making slow progress".

    The whole family received emergency medical treatment at the scene of the accident from Dr. Bailey, medical officer for Dawson Creek, who was travelling on the highway on his way home from a trip to Whitehorse for consultations on public health matters.

    The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, Ken Cantrell, also an American citizen, was admitted to Whitehorse General Hospital on Sunday and later transferred to Anchorage. His wife and child were his passengers but were not injured.

    At the time of the accident, the Fogel family were driving south from Alaska en route for Florida, where Mr. Fogel had just been transferred. Mrs. Pat Doyle, Mrs. Fogel's mother, flew to Whitehorse from Alaska to be with her daughter.

    It was reported that a Minister from Alaska would be arriving in Whitehorse to conduct the funeral services for Mr. Fogel on Friday.