After graduating from La Grande High School in 1957 where he played guard on the varsity basketball team, he spent the next 37 years in education as a teacher, counselor, and college administrator. He married Margaret Landon in 1965. They were married for 17 years. They had two daughters.
Along the way he completed a masters degree at OSU, a doctorate at the University of Georgia and post-doctoral study at the University of Michigan.
George married Dora Buckhouse in 1987 in Corvallis, Oregon. They were married for 22 years.
From 1988-1998 he served as dean of instruction at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California.
When he retired he did research and wrote a book entitled Fruit Hill ywhich traces his family history from 1764 to 2000.
In 2002 he served as interim Dean of nstruction at San Bernadino Valley College.
George and Dora, moved to Eagle Point in 2004. Together they enjoyed watching the EPHS basketball team, swimming laps at the Cascade Pool, and reading books from the Eagle Point library. They were able to take picnics at Rivers Edge Park and on the Rogue River this summer between his radiation treatments.
George is survived by his wife, Dora, daughters Kimberly Taylor and Kristen McKee, stepdaughter Amy Harr, stepson, James Buckhouse and 10 grandchildren.