He was first an foremost an engineer, not a theorist, not a draftsman, but a man who actually built what he designed.
I am reading one of his books right now, and maybe I will quote a bit, to show you what a good man he really was.
From "Nuts, Bolts,Fasteners and Plumbing Handbook" (Autos).
"There are only two ways for the human being to learn anything. We can learn from our own experience and mistakes, or we can learn from the experience and mistakes of others.
The experience gained from our own mistakes is likely to be painful and slow. It also limits the amount of knowledge that we can accumulate, simply because there is a limited amount of time available for learning the hard way - and we may not survive.
The second method, learning from other peoples mistakes, is what the teaching process is all about. While the experience is not liable to be so vivid, the knowlege gained will be a lot less expensive , not to mention painful, and you will be able to absorb a great deal more in a given time."
God rest his soul.
"I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always."