Born: May 28, 1911

Died: December 28, 1981

Married: Thelma Dudley

George Ford Towner was involved in the Gemini space program.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, December 31, 1981

George F. Towner

SARANAC LAKE - George Ford Towner, of Baltimore, Md., died in Baltimore Monday, Dec. 28 after a short illness.

He was born May 28, 1911 in Saranac Lake, the son of Ford and Madge (Hutchins) Towner.

He attended the Saranac Lake High School and Clarkson School of Technology, receiving his engineering degree at the latter.

He married Thelma Dudley of Lake Placid on Dec. 31, 1934.

Mr. Towner worked in engineering at Westinghouse Air-Arms Division for many years, and was instrumental in the Gemini space program.

After retiring, he came back to Saranac Lake, spending the summer months at his home on Kiwassa Road.

Survivors include his wife; a brother, Dean, of Austin Texas; two nieces, Nancy and Carolyn Thomas, previously of Saranac Lake and now residing in Albany; a nephew, Stephen Thomas of Saranac Lake; a great niece, Jennifer Thomas of Saranac Lake and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at Westinghouse in Baltimore with cremation to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions, in his memory, may be made to the Saranac Lake Free Library or to the Cancer Society.

Mrs. Towner's address is available from the Stephen Thomas family in Saranac Lake.

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