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GEORGE, Daweel 'Dewey' Joseph 1937 ~ 2011 Died in his Lancaster home on March 11, 2011, at the age of 73. During his 50 year aerospace career, he developed rocket propulsion and combustion technologies for the space shuttle, Cassini probe to Saturn, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. Dewey was born in Danbury, Conn., on September 16, 1937, and raised in Tolleson, Ariz., where he became a record-holder high school track-and-field athlete and an accomplished clarinetist. He attended University of Arizona on a music scholarship and graduated with a B.S., cum laude, in mechanical engineering. He completed his M.S. at Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. at UCLA, both in mechanical engineering. He also graduated from the UCLA Graduate School of Management Executive Program. An Antelope Valley resident since 1961, Dewey worked at Edwards AFB for 32 years at the Air Force Research Laboratory, retiring as Chief, Propulsion Plans and Programs. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a First Lieutenant in 1964, and awarded the Department of Defense Outstanding Career Service Medal in 1992. After retirement, Dewey worked at The Aerospace Corporation for 18 years, serving as Director of the Propulsion Department from 1995 to 1997, and as a project consultant after his skiing accident in 1997. Dewey was a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. His hobbies included travel through Europe and Asia, golf, and downhill skiing with his children, siblings and their families at Mammoth Mountain. Dewey was a loving husband to Michelle for almost 46 years. He was also a loving father to children Amber, Peter, and Douglas, son-in- law Christopher, and beloved grandfather to Daniel and Gabriel. The family requests donations be made 'In Memory of Daweel George' to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Services will include a viewing at 4 p.m., and rosary at 6 p.m., on Friday, March 18, 2011, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011, both at Blessed Junipero Serra Parish, Quartz Hill.

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