Monday, December 18, 2023

Comics: Georgette Sauterel, Penciler, Inker, Letterer, Engineer and Physicist

Georgette Sauterel Egan, 1966

Georgette Louise Sauterel was born on September 15, 1922, in Manhattan, New York, New York, according to the New York, New York Birth Index at

Sometime after Sauterel s birth, her parents traveled to Europe. On September 1, 1925, Sauterel (line 2) and her mother were aboard the steamship De Grasse when it departed from Le Havre, France. They arrived in the port of New York on September 28, 1925. Her father was at 331 West 50th Street in New York City. 

Sauterel has not yet been found in the 1930 United States Census. 

The 1940 census counted Sauterel (line 47) and her parents, George (a waiter) and Lucienne (dress designer), in Forest Hills, Queens at 3131 54th Street. Sauterel had four years of high school and attended college.

It’s not clear exactly when Sauterel worked in the comic book industry. Women and the Comics (1985) said 
Most of the women in the comic book shops of the 1940s worked in outfits run by Jack Binder, Lloyd and Grace Jacquet, Eisner-Iger (later Iger-Roche), or Harry “A” Chesler. It was Chesler who had acted as an agent for the work of Corinne Dillon, Jean Hotchkiss and Claire Moe in the late thirties. Female artists who worked in his shop include Ann Brewster and Georgette Sauterel, but neither stayed long. Sauterel did the bulk of her work for the Binder shop and Brewster, who under Chesler’s direction did “Yankee Girl” for Dynamic, soon left to join her there. Jack Binder’s comic book art factory was located in Englewood, New Jersey. There he and his staff produced an abundance of material for Fawcett and Street & Smith comic books between 1940 and 1943. The women he employed—Ann Brewster, June Hill, Gloria Kamen, Betty Kathe, Pauline Loth, Georgette Sauterel and Marcia Snyder ...
On July 23, 1943, Sauterel and Wilbourn R. Mayo obtained, in Queens, marriage license number 5681. They married the next day. 

The marriage ended in divorce. Mayo (1920–1990) remarried. 

On June 9, 1944, Sauterel enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. She was a draftsman. 

At some point Sauterel moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she married Daniel G. Egan on August 18, 1948. 

In the 1950 census, the couple (lines 24 and 25) were Tulsa residents at 334 South Gale. Sauterel was a typist at a chemical laboratory. Her husband was a petroleum engineer.

In the 1960s, Sauterel continued her education at Arlington State College in Texas. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1966. She was listed in the commencement program
Georgette Sauterel Egan, Physics—Rolling Hills Estate
Women in Physics (1972) published a roster of women physicists. 
Egan, Georgette S., BA/BS
16390 Buchet Dr., Granada Hills, Calif. 91344
Sauterel was employed at Hughes Aircraft Company. Her patent was published in the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office, May 21, 1974 and August 13, 1974. (also see Google Patents

Industrial Research, August 1977, published Sauterel’s paper “Hot Spots in Electronic Circuits”. 

Sauterel’s father passed away on April 13, 1974 in Florida. According to the California Death Index, at, her mother passed away on August 12, 1982. 

Sauterel’s husband, Daniel, passed away on August 9, 1993 in Sarasota, Florida. An obituary appeared in the Crowley Post-Signal (Louisiana), August 11, 1993. 

Sauterel passed away on June 10, 1995. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida), June 13, 1995, published an obituary.
Georgette S. Egan, 72, Manatee County, died June 10, 1995.

She was born Sept. 15, 1922, in New York City, and came to this area 23 years ago from Los Angeles. She was an engineer and physicist for Hughes Aircraft and was one of three women managers. She was a senior project engineer for Levi Strauss. She was a Catholic. She received a bachelor’s degree in physics from UCLA in 1966. She served in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Dania Greer of Blackburn, Victoria, Australia, and Patricia of Bradenton.

There will be no visitation or services. Manasota Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
Sauterel’s daughter Patricia passed away on August 27, 2011, according to the Port Charlotte Sun (Florida), September 9, 2011. The status of Sauterel’s daughter, Dania, is not known.

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