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Edgar Hutto, Jr.

Obituary for Edgar Hutto, Jr.

March 9, 2018
Newtown, Pennsylvania


Edgar Hutto, Jr. 94 of Newtown passed away on March 9, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Mary Atkinson Hutto and the loving father of Rebecca Hutto (David Gottlieb) of Yardley, PA, Virginia Bruening (Kevin) of Huntsville, AL and Carol Vincent (Gordon) of Onley, VA. Edgar is also survived by his grandchildren Leo Gottlieb, Matthew Bruening, Megan Bruening Wallace (Adam), Joseph Vincent and Elizabeth Vincent, and his great grandchildren, Seth and Jared Wallace. He was predeceased by his sister Virginia Rickborn.

Edgar was born in Fort Motte, South Carolina on October 2, 1923 and graduated from St. George (SC) High School and Clemson University. In World War II, he served as a telephone carrier officer in the 3168th and 4025th Signal Services Battalions in Luzon, Philippines. Edgar believed he may have been the shortest U.S. Army officer in World War II since he needed a height waiver to enlist.

Edgar worked at RCA in Camden, NJ as an optical engineer for more than 30 years. During his time with the company he worked in the Home Instrument Division where he participated in the design of RCA's all-electronic color television transmission system. He later joined the Defense Electronics Products division where he worked on RCA's electrostatic imagining process system, creating a color map printer and a low-light-level color camera. He was the project engineer for a laser voice transmitter developed for NASA's Gemini VII mission and was part of a team that developed sensors used in classified satellite reconnaissance systems. Edgar's RCA team's work with lasers resulted in the first supermarket scanners.

Edgar's hobbies included photography, big band music and the creation of multimedia presentations. Edgar was an avid collector of recordings from the Big Band era and at one time owned every recording made by Bing Crosby. He researched and created multimedia programs on such topics as the Civil War, the Victor Talking Machine Company, Bing Crosby, Fletcher Henderson, and the Southern Railway. He delighted in sharing these presentations with community groups. The Eldridge Johnson and the Victor Talking Machine Company program was given more than 150 times and the presentation materials were requested by the Library of Congress for its archives.

After he retired from RCA, Edgar and Mary lived in St. George and Orangeburg, South Carolina, and in Accomac, Virginia. They moved to Newtown in December, 2017.

Throughout his life, Edgar served his community in a variety of ways. He served in the Army Reserves until 1953. He was active as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Collingswood, NJ for many years. He created a weekly radio program, "News of the Churches" for radio station WCAM in Camden, NJ. In South Carolina, Edgar served as the chairman of the World Grits Festival in St. George. He was active in the Lion's Club in South Carolina and Virginia and was a member of the Eastern Shore Christian Businessman's Association.

Edgar had a love for animals and a special affinity for cats. He took in many stray cats during his lifetime and could never bear to let a cat go hungry.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Drummondtown Baptist Church in Accomac, Virginia.

Donations in Edgar's memory may be made to the Humane Society or the charity of one's choice.

Life Celebration services entrusted to Swartz Givnish of Newtown. 215-968-3891

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