Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday March 10, 2002

Leland (Stan) Stanford Fields, 79, a resident of Albuquerque for 26 years, died Thursday, February, 28, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ingrid Fields; daughter, Cassandra M. Coon of Chino Hills, CA; grandsons, Nevin Beighley of Denver, CO and Christopher Beighley of Zurich, Switzerland; and brother, Edgar A. Fields of Mission Viejo, CA. Stan was born in Frankfort, MO on July 21, 1922. He entered the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in 1942 and after graduation from pilot training and receiving his commission as a 2nd Lt., Stan flew the P-38, B-26 and A-20 from bases in England and France. He was discharged in 1946 and after a period working in Southern California and attending the University of Southern California, Stan was recalled to active duty in 1950 as an A-20 pilot and served in Korea in that capacity. After returning from Korea, Stan attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. He then spent five years in flight test at Edwards AFB, CA and six years in missile engineering at Norton AFB, CA. From 1966 to 1967, he served a tour in Vietnam as a C-7 (Caribou) pilot. Returning from Vietnam, Stan was attached to NASA at Cape Kennedy, FL. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Col.. in 1969 with 23 years of active duty. He had the rare experience of flying combat in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. After leaving the Air Force, Stan worked as an engineer for Martin Marietta on space and missile systems until joining BDM International in Albuquerque in 1976. While with BDM, Stan served as a Flight Test Engineer supporting testing of C-5 and C-141 upgrades. His final assignment with BDM was leader of a systems engineering team supporting design and development of Northrop's B-2 bomber. All who have been privileged to know and work with Stan, in any capacity, have been struck with the honesty and integrity that was central to everything he did. Throughout his adult life, Stan was an exceptionally skilled woodworker creating many beautiful items that are treasured by his family and others who have been fortunate to acquire them. After retiring from BDM in 1986, Stan expanded his interest in woodworking through the design, patenting and production of a unique joinery machine. This machine, in use by a number of professional craftsmen, is a tribute to Stan's engineering and artistic talent.