George A. Roberts, D.Sc., age 93, of Dallas, Texas, peacefully passed away on Feb. 15, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Central Christian Church, 4711 Westside Drive, Dallas, Texas.
George was born in Point Marion, Pa., on Feb. 18, 1919.
He graduated from Point Marion High School and studied at the United States Naval Academy and continued on at Carnegie Institute of Technology where he was awarded a B.S., M.S., and D.Sc.
George first worked as a metallurgist for Vanadium Alloys Steel Corporation in Latrobe, Pa., becoming its President. In 1966 it merged with Teledyne, Inc., where he became President and Chief Executive until his retirement. He continued as a Board member of a number of Teledyne related enterprises. An author, Dr. Roberts published "Distant Force," a memoir of Teledyne, which he grew to be a Fortune 500 corporation, along with his close friend Henry Singleton. The American Society of Metals "Tool Steels" reference book first published in 1944 was co-authored by Dr. Roberts.
As successful as his business career was, Dr. Roberts' leadership served the community in numerous civic and charitable projects. Dr. Roberts served as Chair for United Way (Los Angeles, Calif.), was active in the Boy Scouts of America, founded the American Society for Metals Materials Education Foundation, and established an undergraduate scholarship program that has supported nearly 100 materials science students. He was on the Board of his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, and funded the George A. Roberts Engineering Hall at the University.
He was also actively involved in numerous other charities and organizations, including Little League, Boy Scouts, United Way, Beta Theta Pi, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and the Conquistadores del Cielo. An avid golfer George was a lifelong friend of legend Arnold Palmer, and had memberships in Latrobe Country Club, Laurel Valley Golf Club, Los Angeles Country Club, Rolling Rock Club, El Dorado Country Club, and Brook Hollow Golf Club.
Dr. Roberts is survived by Ellen Seay Roberts, his loving wife of Conway, Ark.; and his children, George Thomas Roberts, William John Roberts, and Mary Ellen Elphick, Margaret Lorenz Griffes; son-in-law, Robert Fleming See, Jr.; and their children and grandchildren.
Dr. Roberts is preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Joseph Bower Roberts; and stepdaughter, Leslie Lorenz See.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to ASM Materials Education Foundation, 9639 Kinsman Rd., Materials Park, Ohio 44073.
The family wishes to thank Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas for their kindness during his final days.
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Feb. 28 to Mar. 7, 2013