Paul K. Bohr
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Paul K. Bohr , Age: 88
May 29, 1929 -- March 11, 2018

Paul Kent Bohr peacefully passed away early Sunday morning March 11, 2018.  He had resided in Lenexa since 1987.

Paul was the eighth of the nine children of Joseph Lawrence Bohr and Emily Josephine (née Kent) Bohr.  He was born in St. Joseph Hospital (“Sisters Hospital”) in St. Joseph, MO on May 29, 1929, and grew up during the Great Depression in Troy, KS, where he delivered newspapers and served as senior class president at Troy High School.  In 1947, following his father’s death, he moved with his mother and younger sister to St. Joseph where he worked as a grocery store butcher.  In 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and attended Navy aviation electronics school in Memphis, TN.  Later assigned to Airborne Early Warning Squadron 1 at NAS Barber’s Point in Hawaii, he quickly rose to the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician First Class.  (He always joked that the title “Aviation Electronic Technician First Class” was “a Navy rating, not an opinion.”)

In 1954, Paul left the Navy and used his GI Bill to attend St. Joseph Junior College for a year before transferring to the University of Kansas, from which he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958.  That year, at a time of significant modernization of America’s aviation infrastructure, Paul joined the Federal Aviation Administration as an engineer in the Airways Facilities division, installing aviation navigational aids around the Midwest year-round.  In 1964 he was one of 20 technicians selected to undergo a year-long management training program, which included a semester at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.  Postings to Washington DC, Denver, New York, Denver (again), and Chicago followed, and in 1982, Paul became the Regional Director of the FAA’s Great Lakes Region, with responsibility for 3,000 employees and FAA operations at airports and air traffic control centers in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota.  During this time, he testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on aviation and helped prepare an FAA study that became known as “The Bohr Report.”  He then returned to the Kansas City area and served three years as the Regional Director of the FAA’s Central Region before retiring in 1990.

In retirement, Paul enjoyed travelling with his wife Dorothy and briefly worked as an aviation consultant.  He was an usher and an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, assisted others in preparing tax returns as an AARP tax preparer, and, as late as age 83, he volunteered for the Johnson County Election Office, setting up and operating local polling stations for 15-hour stints each election day. 

People knew Paul for many things, but especially for his devotion to his beloved wife Dorothy, whom he met via a mutual work acquaintance in 1962 when they both worked at the FAA office in downtown Kansas City, MO.  They were married the day after Christmas in 1964 at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City while Paul was on leave from his management training.  They cheerfully supported each other through relocating among five different homes between 1972 and 1982 and Paul’s frequent work travel to aviation installations all over the country.  In their later years, Paul was Dorothy’s devoted caregiver, driving her to doctor’s appointments, her weekly hair appointment, and to lunch at their favorite Irish pub, O’Neills.

People also knew Paul for the exceedingly gregarious, witty, kind, compassionate man he was.  In his various management jobs he was a beloved boss, whose FAA team in New York bade him farewell with a raucous standing ovation at his farewell dinner in 1979, and whose FAA team in Chicago playfully mimicked his penchant for wearing suspenders with his suits by donning paper suspenders at his farewell dinner in 1987.  In retirement, he enjoyed socializing at his church and made friends chatting and joking with people wherever he went, be it the bank, the grocery store, or Barley’s Brewhaus.  Neighbors knew him for his helpfulness and the delicious tomatoes he grew and gave away each summer. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Dorothy Irene (née Sheehan) Bohr, as well as by older siblings Robert, Louis, Joseph, Nicholas, Frank, Mildred and Mary Ellen.  He is survived by his younger sister Anne Marie (“Ree”) Kerner of St. Joseph, as well as by daughter Barbara A. Beasley (Michael) of Overland Park, and son Paul Joseph Bohr (Christina) of Washington, DC, grandchildren Ryan James Adams Bohr and Sofia Elena Adams Bohr, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.  Visitation will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa at 9:30 am on Saturday March 17, with a funeral mass to follow at 10:30 am.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


Additional Service: Funeral Mass
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Address: 13615 W. 92nd
City: Lenexa
State: KS
Zip Code: 66215
Date: March 17, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM
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Frank Mascari March 18, 2018

Co worker at FAA Las Vegas , Nevada

I worked with and for Paul at Washington HQ and Eastern Region in NY. Paul was very respectful and understanding. He made coming to work a pleasure. FAA was one of the best federal organizations in those days due in part to Paul. On one of my trips to Denver Paul and Dottie graciously invited me to dinner which made my evening memorable. My condolences to the family.