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William Stuart

A private family burial for William Gordon Stuart will be conducted at the Indian Springs Cemetery in Penn Valley.

Mr. Stuart died on Wednesday, April 6.

He was born in 1917 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Carl K. and Eugenia (Anderson) Stuart. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in aeronautical engineering in 1939. After graduation, he worked at Spartan Aircraft in Tulsa, Okla., and Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, N.Y., while working on postgraduate studies at New York University. He married Peggy Elaine Pierce in Williamsburg, Va., in 1954, and they moved to California, where he worked for Northrop Corporation for 25 years. He was chief of the Advanced Design Department and chief engineer for the F-5 Fighter Airplane Program. Throughout his career he participated in the design of 22 Trainer and Fighter aircraft and holds patents for several aircraft systems. He also provided technical support for marketing in Europe – England, Holland, Switzerland, France, Norway, and Sweden, most of the NATO countries. He gave technical briefings in Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Iran and the Mideast. He worked on many proposals for various governments. He was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautical and Aerospace Sciences; the Sea Cliff Yacht Club, Long Island, New York; and King Harbor Yacht Club. He enjoyed racing and cruising his 26-foot sloop and the study of history, anthropology and classical music. He retired in 1979 to Nevada County, where he collected antique farm machinery. As a licensed contractor, he designed and constructed his home in Nevada City. He served on the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury and was a patron of Music in the Mountains and the Miners Foundry.

He is survived by his children Brent W. of Rough and Ready, Charles K. of Nevada City, and Shannon E. of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughter, Devadasi Stuart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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