George P. West Jr., 89

Engineer, sales manager

November 30, 2006

George Page West Jr., a retired sales manager and former longtime Ruxton resident, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. He was 89.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton, Mr. West graduated in 1934 from Polytechnic Institute. In 1937, he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

In 1941, Mr. West enlisted in the Navy. He spent the war years in Washington leading aeronautical design teams that developed naval aircraft, and attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

In the early 1950s, Mr. West and two other partners established Engineering Materials Corp. in Baltimore. After selling his interest in the company in 1963, he went to work for Black & Decker Corp. managing sales of power tools to the U.S. government. He also occasionally testified at congressional hearings on government procurement policies.

A resident of Blakehurst since 1997, he had been a member of the Paint and Powder Club, L'Hirondelle Club and Baltimore Country Club. He enjoyed playing contract bridge and tracing his family's genealogy to the early 1600s in England.

His wife of 56 years, the former Virginia Fulton, a retired Bryn Mawr School educator, died in 2004.

Mr. West was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave., Ruxton, where a memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. today.

Surviving are two sons, George Page West III of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Christopher R. West of Ruxton, and six grandchildren.

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