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Edward George Uhl Documents

Identifier: SC MS0268

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, personal memorabilia, audio tape, CD and photographs.


  • 1925 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research. Please inquire about copyright information.

Biographical / Historical

Edward G. Uhl was from Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended Lehigh University on a ROTC scholarship. He graduated with an engineering degree in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army under Maj. Leslie Skinner, an Army rocket researcher. Together they invented the bazooka, the shoulder-firing grenade launcher. This bazooka invention was the forerunner of all subsequent rocket-propelled grenade launchers. He eventually reached the rank of lieutenant-colonel. After World War II, Mr. Uhl helped set up the test firings of German rocketeer Wernher von Braun’s V2 at White Sands, New Mexico. After demobilization from the Army in 1947, Mr. Uhl joined the Glenn L. Martin Co. where he led development of pilotless aircraft or missiles. He joined Ryan Aeronautical Co. in 1959. In 1961, he was named Fairchild Industries CEO succeeding the founder Sherman G. Fairchild. During his directorship, Fairchild acquired a number of aeronautical companies such as Republic Aviation Corp. By the 1960’s von Braun was chief of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Uhl worked closely with von Braun on the Pegasus satellite project. Uhl and von Braun were good friends and hunting buddies going on many hunting trips. Mr. Uhl was married twice and has two sons and a daughter with his first wife Maurine Keleher Uhl and two stepdaughters from his second wife Mary Stuart Uhl. He died May 9, 2010.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection begins with his primary education in the schools of New Jersey from 1926, through his years at Lehigh to 1940 and subsequent career in the U.S. Army and various aerospace industrial corporations. The apex of his career was assuming the leadership of Fairchild Industries in 1961 from a Lehigh benefactor, Sherman M. Fairchild.

The materials are arranged chronologically in general but the sequence of materials was determined by the Uhl Family. The Uhl Family titled the collection as “The Career of Edward G. Uhl.”

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Special Collections on September 9, 2013 by Kim Edward Uhl, son of Edward G. and Maurine Uhl.

Existence and Location of Originals

Lehigh University, Linderman Library, Special Collections

Related Materials

The Edwin and Ludwig Loewy Collection with relationship to the Vanguard rocket.

Edward George Uhl Documents
Ilhan Citak and Eleanor Nothelfer
November 25, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
Linderman Library
30 Library Drive
Bethlehem PA 18045 USA
610-758-6091 (Fax)