BLUE HILL – Arthur Edward Newkirk, 92, died peacefully Sept. 14, 2006, in his home at Parker Ridge, Blue Hill. He was born Aug. 7, 1914, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Arthur Percy and May Matilda (Young) Newkirk. He graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1931. He received a B. chemical degree in 1936 and a doctorate in chemistry in 1940 from Cornell University. From 1940 to 1943, he worked for DuPont in Newark, N.J., researching aircraft pigments. In 1942, he married Katherine Mae Doring of Glens Falls, N.Y. They moved to Schenectady, N.Y., in 1943, where Art began work as a research chemist for the General Electric Research Laboratory. Some major research projects included, organo flourine compounds, boron hydrides, dynamic thermogravimetry, tungsten extraction, corrosion of stainless steel and nuclear fuel life. Applications of this research range from light bulb filaments to self-cleaning ovens. He is the holder of eight patents. His active membership in the American Chemical Society included serving as chairman of its eastern New York section. He retired in 1974. Throughout his life, Art was very involved in conservation. A lifelong member of the Adirondack Mountain Club, he pushed the club to be more active in environmental issues. As a past president and member of its Adirondack Loj committee, he helped establish a naturalist program. In addition, Art was a long time member of The Nature Conservancy. He was instrumental in securing the eastern New York chapter’s first preserve, Dome Island, a 16-acre island in the center of Lake George. Art was chairman of the Dome Island Memorial Sanctuary Committee from 1955 until 1982, and served as steward for more than 40 years. Numerous family vacations were spent working on Dome Island, rip rapping, combating erosion and cleaning up litter. Art was the recipient of the Nature Conservancy’s Oak Leaf Award in 1980. Other conservation projects include numerous campaigns to protect the Adirondack Forest Preserve, preservation of Lake George, Niskayuna Conservation Advisory Council and the Schenect-ady Museum Nature Preserve in Niskayuna. He was a trustee of the Schenectady Museum and the Mohawk Valley Library Association. Art also enjoyed hiking, downhill and cross country skiing, birding and tennis. With his wife, Kay, he enjoyed numerous foreign trips to remote places through the world including, Iceland, Kenya, Antarctic, Alaska, Scandinavia, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. A camp on Lake George, N.Y., was a favorite destination for 49 summers. In 1993, Art and his wife, Kay, moved to Parker Ridge Retirement Community, Blue Hill, where they remained active in nature issues, contributed to management of this new facility and made many new close friends. Arthur was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Katherine D. Newkirk. He is survived by his sister, Eleanor and her husband, William G. Huckle, of Hendersonville, N.C., longtime residents of Glens Falls, N.Y.; his daughter, Jean K. Newkirk of Brooklin; his son, Arthur D. Newkirk, M.D. and his wife, Joyce, of Blue Hill; four grandchildren, Michelle, Philip, Ow-en and Margot; six great-grandchildren and two nephews. A memorial celebration of Kay and Art Newkirk will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Parker Ridge Retirement Community. Memorial donations may be made to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, P.O. Box 222, Blue Hill, ME 04614 or Lake George Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 1250, Bolton Landing, NY 12814. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, South Street, Blue Hill.