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James Polk "Jim" House

1927 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
James Polk "Jim" House Obituary
James Polk "Jim" House, 86, a retired Lockheed Martin project manager, died at his home on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Monday at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church where he had been a member since 1954. The family will receive friends at a reception at the church following the service. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76109; the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107; or a . Jim's childhood was spent in Houston. He graduated from Houston's Lamar High School in 1944, attended Schreiner University in Kerrville from 1944-1945, and Tulane University in New Orleans while in the U.S. Navy Air Cadet program in 1945-46. Jim graduated from the University of Houston in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He initially pursued geophysical oil explorations in the Persian Gulf until 1952 when he joined Consolidated-Vultee (Convair). While employed at Convair/General Dynamics, he attended graduate school for a master's degree in business at TCU and nuclear engineering at SMU. Jim was a member of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and as chairman of the Board of Deacons in 1970. He served on many committees during his tenure in the church, as an elder and was elected Clerk of the Session from 1998 to 2001. He also served in several capacities on the board of the Fort Worth Ballet, becoming its president in 1974, was a member for many years of the Fort Worth Art Association, and won numerous awards for painting and sculpting in Texas juried shows. He became a Texas Registered Professional Engineer in 1956, and as a member of the Convair/General Dynamics/ Lockheed Management Association, he served as its chairman of Public Relations from 1957 to 1960. He was elected a councilman of the Town of Lakeside in 1973, and then served as the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee until 1994. Jim retired from Lockheed on Nov. 1, 1993, after 41 years with the company. Most of his career was in engineering supervision in special projects, a department known for its highly classified experimental and often innovative modifications to airplanes. His career included avionics design and project management positions on the B-36, F-102, F-106, B-58, F-111, G-16 and many special projects aircraft. In retirement, Jim volunteered at the Fort Worth Science Museum and at the Kimbell Art Museum as a gallery attendant in the Security Department. Survivors: His wife of six years, Beatrice Coleman House; daughters, Ann House Henderson and husband, Tom, Amy House Davidson and husband, Gene, and Susannah House Blanton and husband, Baird; granddaughters, Rebecca Dorman and Lauren Henderson; sister, Ada House Merwin; several nephews and cousins; Bea's children, Kyle Coleman, Karey Hayes and husband, Hank, Kellye Sheehan and husband, Jack; and her grandchildren, Melissa and Leah Hayes, Jared, Cody and Grant Sheehan.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 13, 2014
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