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SAMPE Orange County Meeting

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

March Air Force Base — A Future for the Past
Colonel Ronald G. Lawton, USAF (ret.)


Colonel Lawton will present a brief history of March Field and the March Field Air Museum and a review of major events that established the heritage being preserved by the museum. He will discuss the March Field Museum Foundation and the goals and purposes of the museum as well as volunteer participation and benefits of membership.

The museum offers a wide variety of interesting displays concerning the aviation history of the United States. The following will be discussed: Freedom Wall; War Dog Memorial; 15th Air Force Wall; P-38 National Association; Memorial Tile program; Group tours; Historical dioramic and artifact displays (World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Doolittle Raid, Flying Tigers, Women in Aviation, Tuskegee Airmen, Aztec Squadron, POW's, etc.). The collection of heritage aircraft (with anecdotal information on selected aircraft), aircraft restoration and outreach programs will also be covered, as well as the educational programs in conjunction with schools.


Colonel Lawton was commissioned through the Aviation Cadet Program at Reese AFB, TX on June 13, 1956, Colonel Lawton served his first operational assignment as a B-47 pilot/aircraft commander with the 22nd Bomb Wing at March AFB, CA.

He served with the Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command and the Air Defense Command in a variety of aircraft missions as well as two tours in Southeast Asia. He was the Airborne Warning and Control System Manager for integrating AWACS into Air Force roles and missions. In June 1978, Colonel Lawton was assigned as Director of the Tactical Air Command Systems Office at the Air Force Electronic Systems Division at Hanscom AFB, MA. He retired from active duty in November 1979 with a rating of Command Pilot with 149 combat missions, over 1500 combat flying hours and 7800 total flying hours.

He returned to academia, earning a B.A. degree in Government, serving for ten years as Senior Consultant to the California State Assembly. He was also principal legislative assistant and Chief of Staff to the Assemblyman for the 7th Assembly District, retiring in 1991.

In January 1994, Colonel Lawton accepted an appointment as Staff Consultant, Program Manager, and later Vice President of the Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC), a consortium of 25 rural California counties and its subsidiary, the California Rural Home Mortgage Finance Authority. He established, funded and implemented low to mid-income first-time homebuyer mortgage programs; educated, trained and marketed the programs to mortgage lenders and prospective first-time homebuyers; and insured compliance with state and federal rules and regulations. When he retired in February 2002, the home loan portfolio for various home loan programs was in excess of $4 billion.

Since his final retirement in 2002, Colonel Lawton and his wife, Betty, have relocated from El Dorado County to Mission Viejo to be closer to their adult children and their grandchildren.


The Jagerhaus in Anaheim, 2525 East Ball Road, just west of the 57 Freeway, on the North side of Ball.
Turn right at the first driveway. Phone 714-520-9500. GoogleMap Link


6:00 pm Social7:00 pm Dinner • 8:00 pm Speaker — Member or guest dinner $20.
Student (with student ID) dinner $10. No cost for Program only.

Reservations:: E-mail Darrell Reed, reed@ocmtestlabs.com , call 714-630-3003, x 211 or Fill out our Online Form
by Tuesday noon, Aug 15th.

Mark Your Calendars Now • Saturday, December 2 is our Christmas Party
A fun evening has been planned by Joyce Lentz, our Christmas Party Chairperson. It will be held at the Pala Casino, starting off with the cocktail hour. An excellent dinner will be served, followed by a drawing for prizes. After dinner, the Casino has 2,000 slot machines and a wide variety of table games (poker, black jack, etc.) For music lovers, there are two lounges complete with live entertainment. The Pala Casino is located at 11154 Highway 76 in Pala, between Temecula and Escondido. If we have enough interest, we can make arrangements for a bus.
Reserve your spot early by calling Joyce at 949-240-6353.

Anthony Falcone • 1955 – 2006

Anthony was a SAMPE Past President (2004-2005) and a Lead Engineer in Material with Boeing in Seattle. He suffered from a motor neuron disease related to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease and died July 22.

He served as mentor for Cabinet members, led the Society during the transition to a new Executive Director, and was the chief driver of the Technical Committee’s M&P market annual reports at SAMPE’s conferences. Most recently, Anthony served as chair of SAMPE’s new Foundation program.

He was considered a Boeing Matter Expert on over 75 material and process specifications – a highly distinguished position of honor. He was inducted into the Boeing Fellowship Program as an Associate Technical Fellow in 2001.

Anthony was the 1996 International SAMPE Technical Conference co-Chairman – one of the most successful conferences in the past 15 years. He dedicated a large part of his time, effort and life to SAMPE on the local and international levels in promoting SAMPE as a “global Society.

Steve Loud • 1940 – 2006

Steve, a composites industry chronicler and advanced materials advocate died on July 21, in Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. The cause of death was an acute and incurable form of lung disease known as usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) which doctors diagnosed in early July.

Steve was born in Detroit, Michigan September 13, 1940 and graduated from the University of Michigan with a business major. He had more than 40 years experience in the composites industry which include 17 years in a variety of management and marketing positions with Owens Corning.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering of Covina, Calif., recognized Steve as a SAMPE fellow in 2002.

He and his wife Susan established Composites Worldwide Inc. in 1993. His newsletters and publications were of great interest and he dispensed his knowledge of the industry through seminars and forums and his newsletters to SAMPE members. He was an active member of the San Diego SAMPE Chapter.

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