John Abromavage Sr., a 52-year employee of U-Haul International, Inc., and director of the company's engineering services department for more than 40 years, passed away July 22. He was 78.

Abromavage was active in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for more than 30 years, serving as chair of its Trailer and Standards Committees. He worked closely with and presented U-Haul's and the industry's viewpoint to legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, enforcement agencies, and automotive and engineering societies.

Abromavage enjoyed a national reputation for his expertise in vehicle safety and design, receiving many awards and commendations from state governments for helping to improve vehicle safety standards. During his career, Abromavage had 31 U.S. and Canadian patents, 75 international patents, and 24 solidly proven truck and trailer designs.

Abromavage also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.