Albert H. Prest, 73: Respected career aviator

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WEST BATH — Albert H. Prest, 73, of Fosters Point Road, passed away at his home Oct. 21.

He was born in Neptune, New Jersey, April 27, 1942, the son of Warren and June Prest. He grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, and graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania in 1961.

He studied aviation administration at the University of Miami and graduated from the American Flyers in Fort Worth, Texas. With a passion for aviation, Prest had over 47 years of experience in the airline industry, focused on air carrier operations, safety and training. Prest was a career pilot for TWA, and was qualified to fly five air carrier aircraft. He served as captain, check airman and instructor pilot on both the Boeing 727 and Boeing 707, in both domestic and international operations.

Following retirement from TWA, he became director of charter operations for both Jet America Airlines and, later, Gulf Air Transport from 1984-1990. He then accepted the position of vice president of operations for the Air Transport Association of America in Washington, D.C. until 2003, when he made numerous contributions to the modern aviation industry. He completed his aviation career as vice president, operations, for Beacon Management Group in Maryland.

After retiring to Maine, Prest joined Grace Episcopal Church in Bath, where he enjoyed being an active member. He was also a member of the Solar Lodge of Masons in Bath, where he received his 32nd degree and then received his 50-year pin in 2015. He served on the board of Senior College in Bath and the board of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, where he was president for two years.

He was a member of two advisory committees of the Pejepscot Historical Society and worked as a docent at the Chamberlain Museum. He loved exploring the coast of Maine in his boat, the company of good friends and, above all, spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth P. Prest of West Bath; two sons, Naval Capt. Richard W. Prest and Dr. Phillip J. Prest; a daughter, Susanne L. Hogan; a brother, Robert Prest; three sisters, Susan Gunther, Jeri Pistone and Joni Britton; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Oct. 27 at Grace Episcopal Church in Bath. Charitable contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at or 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.