Arthur L. McGee
Arthur L. McGee passed away August 9, 2021 at the age of 90. He was born to Aden and Eleanor McGee in Loma Linda, California on October 7, 1930. Art was the third of 4 children and spent his youth working on the family peach orchard with his parents and siblings in Beaumont, California. He went to Beaumont High School where he served as student body president, playing football and even preformed in school plays. Upon graduating he attended Chaffey Junior College, and the University of California at Davis focusing on agriculture.
At the onset of the Korean War, Art joined the Air Force. After four years of service, he changed his course of study to engineering, earning his AA degree from San Bernardino Valley College. At this point, Art met the love of his life, Bonnie J. Remington and in 1953 they were married. They moved to Berkeley, California where Art entered the University of California and received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1959. Art graduated with honors, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and other honor societies. After working for several companies in the bay area (Lawrence Radiation Lab, FMC, and Advanced Technology Lab) and starting a family, Art took the chief engineering position at COE Manufacturing in Tigard, Oregon and settled the family in Lake Oswego in 1973.
Art enjoyed many activities, camping, sailing, and was fond of historical fiction. He was heavily involved in the PC craze in the mid 70's and taught himself programing. He was into woodworking and would spend hours in his workshop. Upon retirement in 1996, Art took up the hobby of flying radio controlled airplanes and was very active in his local flying club. He liked to walk his dog through the neighborhood visiting with the neighbors, and he volunteered at Tigard High School in the Tigard-Tualatin School District tutoring in Math. He and Bonnie enjoyed travel, gardening and entertaining friends and family. Even in retirement Art continued to keep busy by designing things from a way to hold the controller for his airplanes, to working in conjunction with several doctors from OHSU designing motorized equipment to help rehabilitate stroke victims. He was a man with a keen mind and a constant desire to figure out how things worked.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bonnie McGee; his daughter Susan McGee (Jennifer Nelson) of Lake Oswego; and his son Mike McGee of Eugene. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to the Alzheimer's Association.
A remembrance of life will be held at a later time. The family would like to thank the staff at the Marquis in Tualatin for all of their care and support during this difficult time.