George Lewison A resident of Torrance for more than six decades, George Lewison passed away on Monday, February 13th after a short illness. He was one hundred years old. Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1916, George, along with his brother Alvin and sister Janis, came to Southern California in 1929. George was a pioneer and innovator in avionics - he began his career with Bendix Radio in the late 1930's, worked for Qualitron for five years in the 1940's and 1950's, and then was employed for more than thirty years as avionics manager at Garrett AiResearch before spending the last decade of his career as a senior marketing executive with Gulfstream Aerospace in Long Beach. George traveled throughout the country and to numerous destinations in Europe, Asia, and Africa for his work, which often brought him into contact with major figures in government, industry, and entertainment. Even after retirement, George continued as a consultant and industry magazine columnist until well into his 90's. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Aircraft Electronics Association Lifetime Achievement Award. George was married for sixty-four years to his wife Gertrude, who passed away in 2011. The two were active in the community and particularly in the growth of Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach - as Temple president, George was instrumental in the acquisition and construction of the Temple's current site, and also served on the committee overseeing later construction of the Temple's main sanctuary. George also served on the City of Torrance Citizens Advisory Committee in the 1960's and 70's, and he and Gertrude counted many Torrance mayors and civic leaders among their friends, including the late Katy Geissert and her husband Bill. George and Gertrude lived in the same house in the Hollywood Riviera for more than sixty years. They enjoyed travelling, their many friends in the community, and dining out in South Bay restaurants. In the years following Gertrude's passing, George was a familiar figure to many as he took his daily walk on the Esplanade overlooking Torrance Beach. He remained active and engaged far beyond his years, and celebrated his 100th birthday this past June surrounded by family and friends. George and Gertrude are survived by their daughter Mitzi and sons David and Terry. The burial service will be held on Friday, February 17th at 10:00 am at Hillside Cemetery, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045, with a memorial service following at 11:30 am at Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Temple Menorah Building and Maintenance Fund at the address listed above. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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