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George Armelagos

George Armelagos

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Monday, October 13, 2014
I haven't seen George since high school when he played on the Railsplitter's Football Team. His family owned a little grocery store near my home. What a very accomplished and distinguished man he became.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
I just learned of George's passing today. He became a major influence on me and my life from my working with him and learning from him when he began mentoring me in 1995 as an undergraduate at Emory. He quickly became like a member of my family. I think of him in so many different ways often. He was a dear friend and confidant while I was at Emory and after. George, whom I learned during my time working with and learning from him was affectionately referred to when he worked with his father as "Honey Boy" was an amazing human being who was down to earth, remarkably intelligent and well read with a wonderful sense of humor and perspective on life. He always truly cared about other people and loved his work and mentoring his students. Even after working with him he was always a joy to just give a call and catch up with on the phone. I have so many fond memories of him.

I'm glad I was able to share with him what I've been doing and how much he's inspired me when we last spoke by phone a couple months ago. He was happy, at that time to hear it as he was retiring and was going to oversee the Skeletal Biology lab at Emory for another year. I was going to connect an incoming freshman with him who was starting in the fall... I am sorry so many students won't have the opportunity to get to know and come to love George, he's irreplaceable.

My condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and numerous friends. He is sorely missed but will always live on in the hearts, minds, bone and marrow of everyone whose life he touched.

Because of him, I'll literally be donating my bones to Emory University's Department of Anthropology in memory of Dr. George J. Armelagos and his legacy:
"Every bone tells a story."



- Steven C. Morreale, M.D./M.P.H.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
George was my academic advisor while at UMass and faculty friend who provided field study opportunities in both Morocco and on Yap island in the south Pacific. One of my favorite memories of my association with George, aside from looking and studying skeletal remains, was that he somewhat willingly approved a six-credit Emergency Medical Technician course so I could work ski patrol at then Mount Tom....ended up going to Morocco instead! Great human being and asset to the many students who mentored.

-Lane Mann
Saturday, May 24, 2014
George Armelagos (Armo) was my room mate at the University of Michigan and best man when I married my wife, Carolyn.
He'll be remembered for his studiousness in many fields before he chose anthropology, his athleticism on the football field, his cooking of spaghetti , his all girl seminars at the Parrot Cafe in Ann Arbor and his endless and raucous good humour.
George bragged about being the fastest offensive guard on the Michigan football team for a step and a half. We recall that the myriad of ghastly red stains on his labcoat were not from his medical school dissections, but from splashed marinara sauce while cooking spaghetti for the gang.
We will miss him because he meant so much to us in ;the college and grad school years.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
We did not have the privilege of knowing Dr.Armellagos, but through his brother John, we feel like we have been close to another very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time.
With affection and great sympathy,

Ed & Jeff Hartfield
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