Mark Newhouse

Mark Newhouse   

On September 11, 2022, Mark Newhouse of Brookings, OR, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 73 in the arms of his loving partner Carolyn Drago. He leaves behind daughter Lauren Newhouse, son-in-law Eric Bachhuber, grandsons Cody and Camden Bachhuber, sisters Beth Newhouse and Brenda Piluso, brother-in-law Mario Piluso, nephew Piero Piluso, and niece Mariella Piluso. He was predeceased by wife Mayta Ann Caldwell in 1998.

Mark was born in Rochester, NY, in 1948 to aerospace engineer Herman Newhouse and Olympic champion Jean Shiley Newhouse. After living in Los Alamos, NM, Buffalo, NY, and McLean, VA, the family settled long term in Los Angeles, CA in 1963, where Mark attended Santa Monica High School. Earning his Bachelor of Science and systems engineering Master of Science degrees at UCLA, he went on to a distinguished five-decade career as a leader in aerospace engineering.

At TRW, Hughes, Northrup Grumman, and as a consultant for other national defense contractors, he and his teams designed satellites that advanced aerospace science immeasurably, making our country safer for the foreseeable future. In retirement, he and Carolyn relocated to the Brookings coast where he proudly served as a board member and president of Friends of Music (a nonprofit bringing world-class classical music to the community) and as a volunteer for local radio station KCIW.

Mark was a gentle, brilliant man with a witty, wry humor and an avid love of sports (softball, tennis, golf), blues and rock and roll music, science fiction, and spicy Szechuan food. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues, whose lives he touched with wisdom, kindness, and a deep sense of duty to his country and community.

A celebration of life with family and friends will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation to Friends of Music at

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