George Robert Newton 1916 - 2008 Lawrence
Services for George Robert Newton, 91, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa. Mr. Newton died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born April 16, 1916, in Ennis, Texas, the son of Fred A. and Lena Banner Newton. He earned a degree in 1937 from Trinity University in Waxahachie, Texas, and later a master's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. He moved to Lawrence in 2001 from Tulsa.Mr. Newton was a retired geophysicist. He worked for Stanolind Oil & Gas Co., which later became Pan American Petroleum Corp., which later became Amoco Research. He retired in 1976. During World War II he worked for the Navy's Office of Scientific Research through Johns Hopkins University in Silver Springs, Md. While there, he helped to develop the radio proximity fuse.He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. He helped found the Mended Heart Organization and the Alzheimer Men's Caregivers Support Group, both of Tulsa. He was a former member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a member of the American Physical Society. He helped to develop the first heart-lung machine in Tulsa. He married Dorothy Clark on Dec. 24, 1939, in Fort Davis, Texas. She died in 2001. Survivors include a son, Bob and wife Pat Newton, Lawrence; two daughters, Nancy and husband Tom Walter, Asheville, N.C., and Linda Newton, Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren, Pamela and David Shultz, Lance and Randy Torcom, Tracy Harlow, and Bill and Christy Newton; and seven great-grandchildren. The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Moore's Southlawn Chapel in Tulsa.The family suggests memorials in his name to the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, or the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Newton.