The father of one of the most important inventions in forestry, a mechanical process that turns trees into logs, died Sunday at age 95, the American Forest Institute said.
George L. W. Lutland died at his home in Springfield, Illinois, the institute said.
He was born Oct. 8, 1923, and grew up in Chicago’s North Shore.
His father, Robert Lutlands, was an engineer and pioneer in woodworking.
Luthland’s father, John, founded Lutlander Machine Works in 1932 and died in 1996.
He died in 1998.
His son, Luth, worked as a vice president at the company and was a member of the board.
He started working at Lutlanders machine shop in 1937 and started as a machinist in 1945, the company said.
After a two-decade apprenticeship at Lutzland’s workshop, John Lutleston became president of the company in 1960.
Lutz and his brother, Fred, later founded the Chicago Machine Shop, which moved to the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1972.
John Lutz’s son, James Lutfords, died in 2010.
His wife, Betty, also died in 2009.
The Lutlamans were lifelong friends.
Their daughter, Joan, has been the conservator at the Chicago Museum of Science.
In 2010, Lutlorel started the James Lutz Conservatory, which has three trees at the conservatory.
The conservatory is a natural history museum, with more than 50 plants, many of them native to Illinois.
John, who died in 1992, also created a company that produced a mechanical model of the Lutlawanes, a wood-chopping machine that he built in 1929.
It is one of four Lutlogas that are in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s collection.
The machine is currently in storage.