2011-01-27 / Obituaries

George E. Barclay de Tolly

George E. Barclay de Tolly, 84, of 10 Pell Street, Newport, died Jan. 22, 2011, at Newport Hospital.

Born in Poznan, Poland, on Jan. 19, 1927, he was the son of the late Baron Erick and Baroness Alda (Ruhlin) Barclay de Tolly and the descendant of a noble Scottish family that immigrated to the city of Riga in 1621. From this line was born Prince Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly, field marshal of the Russian armies which defeated Napolean, ending the war of 1812.

After World War II, George immigrated to Canada, graduating from the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. In Toronto he met his future wife, Muriel Marie Gouthro. He earned his master’s degree at Ohio State University, and was then hired by Noble Prize winner William B. Shockley as one of his first employees for the newly created Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif.

After graduate work at Stanford University, George garnered various patents while working for the General Electric Company in California, Pittsfield, Mass., and Syracuse, N.Y. In 1967, he came to Newport to work at the Raytheon Company, and then retired in 1995 after 25 years as a scientist in the field of signal processing at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

George was a devoted family man. He spoke numerous languages and was enthusiastic about European history, international folk music, and home renovation. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church, serving on the building and restoration committee. George enjoyed skiing as a member of the Newport Ski Club and loved sailing his boat, Alda, as a member of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. George also had a lifelong fondness for his canine companions.

He is survived by his former wife and close friend, Muriel Barclay de Tolly of Newport; his children, Michael and companion Sandra Roseman of Newport; Paul and his wife Brenda Brock Barclay de Tolly of Portsmouth; Joanne Phillips and her husband Kevin of Jamestown; Wanda and her husband Steven Benevides of Middletown; Eric of Newport and Catherine Potter and her husband Michael of Middletown.

He is also survived by his sister Joanna Barclay de Tolly- Ozdowski and her husband Jan Ozdowski of Toronto; his grandchildren Erica and Alexander Phillips, Brigitt Hodgkins, Lela Barclay de Tolly, Ellissa ad Caleb Barclay de Tolly, and Sydney and Jackson Potter; and his longtime companion Susan Mailey.

Calling hours will be held tonight – Thursday, Jan. 27 – from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hambly Funeral Home in Newport. His funeral will be Friday, Jan. 28, at 8 a.m. at the Hambly Funeral Home and will be followed with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Newport. He will be buried in Newport Memorial Park in Middletown.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Autism Society of Rhode Island, P.O. Box 16603, Rumford, RI, 02916, or to the Robert Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.

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