William S. D. Newnam Jr., retired manager of the Easton airport and former owner of Maryland Airlines, died of a heart attack Friday at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was 74.
Services for Mr. Newnam were being held today at the Oxford United Methodist Church in Oxford.
Born in Talbot County, Mr. Newnam graduated from Oxford High School in 1935 and, later, from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.
He taught flying in Pennsylvania and Texas until World War II. During the war, he flew Corsairs in the Pacific theater for the Marine Corps.
After the war, he returned to Talbot County and worked at the Easton airport. In 1946, he purchased the Maryland Airlines Co., a small charter business that flew passengers from the Eastern Shore to other area airports, and he gave flying lessons. Mr. Newnam remained active in the business until he sold it in 1988.
For many years, he was manager of the Easton airport. He was licensed as a pilot, aircraft mechanic and flight instructor for many types of aircraft -- skills that allowed him to work as an examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration.
An active member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, Mr. Newnam was a charter member and trustee of the United Methodist Men. He also was a member of the Easton Elks Lodge No. 1622, the Eastern Shore Council of the Navy League of the United States, the OX5 Aviation Pioneers Club and the Caterpillar Club.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Hazel B. Porter; a daughter, Deborah N. Claggett of Oxford; a sister, Sara V. Benson of Oxford; a brother, Francis U. Newnam of Miami; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.