Hugh Robertson DeHaven

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Hugh Robertson DeHaven was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1895. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he attended Cornell University and Columbia University. When WWI started he tried to join the US Army Air Corps but was rejected. He moved to Canada joining the Royal Flying Corps Canada in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

While in training he was involved in a crash, he was the only survivor. While he was recuperating he wondered why he was the only survivor, this of course led him to what is the rest of the story.

Between 1924-1933 he filed for seven patents related to the design of a self-sharpening single edge safety razor. However, what we now use and in most States, is required for he was issued US Patent 2710649 in 1955 for the first three-point seat belt. He was responsible for the start of the Automobile Crash Injury Research and the Aviation Crash Injury Research.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray THE most important addition to driving and it should be worldwide.... but certainly every state in this country should have a seatbelt law... how foolish not to.

Sep 12, 2019 03:00 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I still like my straight-edge razor and strap!

The seatbelt saved me once and will always use it.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 12, 2019 04:02 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is a man worth celebrating because that "simple" invention saved lives.

Sep 12, 2019 04:32 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Amazing..a simple invention came about by a single survivor in a crash..thank you Huge for saving so many future lives with your invention.

Sep 12, 2019 04:39 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And, now I know it was Hugh that designed it! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Sep 12, 2019 04:50 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... obviously I had to read this post... I've lived in Brooklyn and worked there and one of my college roommates was from  Pottstown, PA! All that being said, his invention certainly has saved many a life.

Sep 12, 2019 05:12 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - his personal tragedy led to an lifesaving invention that today is so automatic in our lives.  

Sep 12, 2019 05:14 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 That was a worthy endeavor to ponder. I wonder if he ever knew how popular his patent would be  James Dray 

Sep 12, 2019 05:38 AM #8
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His contribution has saved many lives and now I will think of him every time I buckle up.

Sep 12, 2019 05:41 AM #9
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

How many people has this man's invention saved them from death or severe injuries? 

Sep 12, 2019 06:43 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is a really good one. I was taken by how his experience shaped his invention.

Sep 12, 2019 07:11 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a classic story of turning lemons into lemonade, and when we flew to Europe. we had harness seat belt for our seats just like the flight attendants do.  Happy Thursday. A

Sep 12, 2019 08:29 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he certainly added to safety.  How far we have come in car safety since the early 60's.

Sep 12, 2019 08:49 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sometimes we don't know why things happen to us and not others, but he definitely did some great things after surviving.

Sep 12, 2019 10:53 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi  James- we all owe this man our lives and the lives of our loved ones. 

Sep 12, 2019 11:15 AM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

He has saved countless lives with his patents. 

Sep 12, 2019 12:42 PM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Seatbelts ...YES...David's mother many many years ago was wearing her seatbelt which at the time was only a lap style and all there was...she was killed by a drunk driver and the steering wheel went thru her chest...Safety IS are innovations to be safer.

Sep 13, 2019 01:55 AM #17
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