Newton B. Drury, 89, a well known conservationist and former director of the National Park Service, died Thursday in Berkeley, Calif. He suffered from a respiratory ailment.
While he was in charge of national parks from 1940 until 1951, the park system added to its holdings a large part of the Florida Everglades, Independence Hall National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and the Jackson Hole National Monument area in Wyoming.
Mr. Drury headed the division of parks and beaches in California until retiring in 1959.
Since then, he had devoted his time to the Save the Redwoods League in San Francisco. He had helped establish the league in 1919, and had served it as secretary, president, and at the time of his death, board chairman. [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] worked in earlier years to help establish the Redwood National Park in California. Its headquarters at Crescent City are named in his honor as is a stand of trees in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Mr. Drury was born in San Francisco and was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. In World War I, he served overseas as an aerial observer with the Army Balloon Corps. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Austin L. Edwards, of Berkeley; two sons, Newton B. Jr., of Orinda,Calif., and Hugh, of Whittier, Calif,; two sisters, Muriel Drury and Lorraine Haynes, both of Berkeley, and eight grandchildren.