War hero dies at 94

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Maj. Gen. Stuart HaynsworthJune 14, 2011 - The University of Houston flag flew at half-staff Tuesday in memory of Law Center alumnus Maj. Gen. Stuart Haynsworth, United States Air Force (Retired), who passed away June 6, fittingly the 66th anniversary of D-Day, at the age of 94. Haynsworth earned his J.D. at the then-Bates College of Law in 1959. During World War II, Haynsworth was a fighter pilot who flew 50 assigned combat missions and an additional 25 volunteer missions with the famed 56th Fighter Group of the 8th Air Force flying P-47 Thunderbolts in Europe. He also served as an instructor in the Advanced Flying School and in Central Instructor's School, flying virtually all of the U.S. fighter aircraft for a total of more than 5,000 flying hours. Haynsworth was the first of only two Houston area Air Force Reserve officers to attain the rank of Major General and the only holder of the Distinguished Service Medal, in addition to the Distinguished Flying Cross, Eight Air Medals, and other decorations. An attorney and CPA, Haynsworth was a huge supporter of University of Houston Cougar football, having four seats on the 50-yard line for nearly 50 years. He is survived by his daughter, Kristen Haynsworth of Houston; his granddaughter, Sloan Haynsworth Leger and her husband, Kevin Leger; and his great grandson, Hunter Haynsworth Leger, all of Austin. Visitation was 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Dr., Houston. The funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston. A military interment service immediately followed, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.

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