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Arthur Newkirk was born August 7, 1914 in Jersey City, N.J. He graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1931. He received a B.S. degree in 1936 and a doctorate in chemistry in 1940 from Cornell University. He worked as a research chemist for General Electric and was the holder of eight patents. He was a devoted environmentalist and a lifelong member of ADK. He worked with John S. Apperson on monitoring water levels on Lake George to protect its islands from erosion. He was the chairman of the Dome Island Memorial Sanctuary Committee from 1955-1982, and served as steward for more than 40 years.
The papers are chiefly Newkirk’s records from of the Dome Island Memorial Sanctuary Committee. The committee was dedicated to implementing the wishes of John S. Apperson’s will that the endowment that he left with the Island to the Nature Conservancy be used to continue his life’s work. Studies done on plants and animals on the Island as well as ongoing efforts in riprapping are well documented. The titles of any folders already labeled by Newkirk are included in quotation marks in the beginning of the description.
Environmental conservation, Dome Island Memorial Sanctuary Committee, Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Park
Amodeo, Margie, "Arthur E. Newkirk Papers, 1961-2002" (2012). Finding Aids. 14.