George D. Ellis Jr.
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Born in Coachella, CA, January 30, 1923, passed away on January 9, 2013, In Redlands CA.
After graduating from Banning High School, George was privileged to be admitted to Stanford University on full scholarship in 1940. Being a self-proclaim "sports nut", attending Stanford a time when it became part of Sport History, with the "modern day" introduction of the "T" formation to football by Clark Shaughnessy, which lead to an un defeated season and a Rose Bowl Victory, remained a proud memory in George's life.
Unable to graduate with his class in 1944, along with many other classmates, George answered the call to arms in World War II. He served in the U.S. Army as a platoon officer assigned to the 20th Armored Division in Europe and participated in the battles for the Rhineland and Central Europe. Following separation from active duty in 1946, he returned to Stanford and graduated with the class of 1947, as a Civil Engineer. George later received his MS in System Management from UCLA in 1970.
In 1949, he married Connie Lopes. They lived in San Bernardino until 1954 when they built a new home in Redlands. Connie passed away in 1994. George is survived by 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
George started his career with the California Division of Highways in San Bernardino, where he was involved in the Freeway planning and design. In the mid 1950's, with increased national attention being given to Space Technology, he joined Grand Central Rocket Propulsion in Mentone, which later became Lockheed Propulsion and worked on the Vanguard, Nike-Zues, Mauler, Dart and 120 inch Rocket Motor Program. He was recruited by TRW in the mid 1960's to join the Minuteman Program Office in San Bernardino as a Staff Engineer in the Propulsion Department. Subsequently he became the Business Manager for Engineering Operations of the Ballistic Missiles Division at TRW. He retired from TRW in 1986.
George was a member of the Masons; Scottish Rite; Al Malaikah Shrine; Kiwanis; SCORE. He continually supported Stanford through Fund Raising; PACE; President of the Stanford Club of the Inland Empire, 1985-1986; Member of the Board of Directors SCIE and the Buck Club.
A Memorial Service will be held at noon (12:00pm) on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 419 S. Fourth Street, Redlands, CA. In lieu of flowers Contributions can be made to your local Humane Society or Trinity Church Campership Fund.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Jan. 23, 2013