Tom Hoover, the “father of the 426 Hemi,” passed away yesterday from complications of Guillain–Barré syndrome.  His health had been reported as improving as late as April 29.

Mr. Hoover was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, the son of an auto mechanic. He developed an interest in cars at an early age, and, after military service in Korea and graduate work at Penn State University, he joined Chrysler Corporation in 1955.

After earning a master’s degree at the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, Mr. Hoover’s first assignment was a fuel-injection system for 1958 cars (the “Electrojector”). While the system wasn’t successful, due largely to the state of the art of materials at the time, he displayed a gift for fuel and air management design.” Read more…