Paul Halyard with his granddaughter Jackie Halyard

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Paul Halyard with his granddaughter Jackie Halyard

Paul Halyard with his granddaughter Jackie Halyard

October 4, 2016

Orlando engineer and Florida native Paul Halyard celebrates his 80th birthday with a party for family and friends at New Symrna Beach.

In this photo, he is pictured with his granddaughter, Jackie Halyard, who works as a Christian missionary overseas.

Listen as Mr. Halyard shares how he came to Orlando in this excerpt from an oral history interview at The University Club of Orlando on June 3, 2016.

LISTEN Part I (20:03) (text highlights from audio recording)

I'm Paul Halyard and I was born in St. Petersburg, FL in 1935 and I moved to Orlando February 1, 1964. After completing the University of Florida I was living in Gainesville and working at Sperry Electronic Tube Department when a man down the street named Jim Driver's wife asked my wife if I would be interested in working at the Trane Air Conditioning Company. And so, I went down and saw Jim... Jim hired me and I went to La Crosse, WI and I went to a graduate training program in La Crosse from 4th of July to New Year's in 1963. And we attended class eight hours a day, five days a week for six months and learned the air conditioning industry. And my assignment when I graduated from the graduate training program was to come to Orlando, Florida and Jim Driver was my boss. Jim ended up by the way, being the Mayor of Winter Park. What a great guy....

Photo courtesy of the Paul Halyard Archives.

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