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tools, jigs and fixtures, and field and hangar equipment, for which he received several awards and commendations from the Air Force. He remained at Merced until he retired in May, 1953. Joseph Cato passed away on February 28, 1965, of a heart attack, at the Turlock Community Hospital, Turlock, California, at age 77. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, Phyllis Cato Ferguson, and a son, Budd. 
Early Bird and Flying Pioneer, Joseph L. Cato devoted a long and active career to aviation, more particularly to creative engineering and development, contributing much toward the early progress of American aviation history. He started as a youth when little information of value was available to guide his course. He certainly belongs to that exclusive group of early young experimenters who had entusiasm for the mere possibility of flying, which led them to build an airplane, then try to coax it to lift them into the air. 
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