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George Fumich Jr. Energy Consultant

George Fumich Jr., 87, an energy consultant and former Interior Department official, died April 6 of a heart attack at his home in Arlington.

Mr. Fumich was born in rural Pennsylvania and grew up in Morgantown, W.Va. After receiving his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in 1941, he entered the Army as a second lieutenant. During World War II, his unit helped liberate Rome. In 1945, he was captured by the Germans in northern Italy and held as a prisoner of war until being liberated by Italian partisans. He received a Silver Star with Clusters for Valor and two awards of the Bronze Star.

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After his discharge, he graduated from the West Virginia University School of Law and in 1948 became corporate counsel for the Christopher Coal Co. In the late 1950s, he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates. During John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, he served as campaign manager for northern West Virginia.

In 1961, he became director of the Office of Mineral Exploration at the Department of the Interior. Two years later, he became Interior's first director of the Office of Coal Research, a position he held until 1975.

From 1975 to 1977, he was director of fossil energy at the Energy Research and Development Administration, and in 1977, he was appointed assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

From 1983 to 1986, he was dean of the College of Mineral and Energy Resources at the University of West Virginia. He became president of George Fumich Associates, an energy consulting firm, in 1987.

Mr. Fumich was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Marie R. Fumich of Arlington; two children, Sheila Liljenquist of Arlington and Frank A. Fumich of Falls Church; a stepson, Paul A. Romano III of Springfield; four brothers; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

William Douglas Newkirk Trade Agreement Negotiator

William Douglas "Doug" Newkirk, 57, a senior U.S. trade official who helped negotiate key elements of bilateral and multinational trade agreements for 20 years until his retirement in 1995, died of congestive heart failure March 19 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Newkirk was the Commerce Department's chief negotiator for non-tariff measures during much of the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations in the 1970s. In that position, he supervised negotiations over government procurement, commercial counterfeiting, customs valuation and import licensing procedures.

The multilateral negotiations involved 102 participating countries under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

In 1980, Mr. Newkirk joined the newly created Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he became the first assistant U.S. trade representative for GATT affairs. He helped negotiate an agreement to increase access for U.S. telecommunications equipment in Japan and conducted negotiator training for trade policy staff from various federal agencies.

He also worked on non-tariff measures during the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, which established the World Trade Organization in 1995.

Mr. Newkirk retired that year but continued to work as a consultant, providing analysis and training to WTO countries and assisting countries attempting to join the WTO.

He was born in Washington, the son of an Air Force officer. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1965 and American University's school of foreign service in 1969. He also did graduate work in development and trade at American and was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity.

His marriage to Valerie Dolstra ended in divorce.


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