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City honors senior volunteer of the year 

Pictured Left to Right: Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, Senior Volunteer of the Year Thorwald van Hooydonk, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin.

Pictured Left to Right: Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, Senior Volunteer of the Year Thorwald van Hooydonk, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin.

Thorwald van Hooydonk was honored Saturday, May 2, during the annual senior volunteer barbecue at the Paso Robles Senior Center on Scott Street.

Hooydonk, a Science and Engineering Associate at Stanford University, produced the GP-B Gyroscope Rotor and Housing Half, which is recognized globally as the most accurate gyroscope ever made.

Hooydonk survived two years in a Japanese concentration camp, mapped the jungles of New Guinea, joined the Dutch Royal Air Force, and sought refugee status in the United States.

He now delivers meals to homebound seniors in Paso Robles.

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