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George Nevers


1932 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
George Nevers Obituary
George Morrison Nevers, 81, died on March 9, 2014 in Houston after a short battle with cancer. George led a full and memorable life as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, volunteer and friend and with a distinguished career as a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry.
George was born on May 27, 1932, in Whitefield, NH to Alison and Mary Nevers. As a child, he enjoyed skating, skiing, hiking, singing, and later working in local theater groups and singing in the Dartmouth Glee Club. He graduated from Vermont Academy in 1949. In 1953 George married Margaret "Peg" Jones in a winter ceremony in Whitefield, and they started a 60-year life together.
George studied at Dartmouth College but left to serve in the Army Medical Corps during the Korean War as Peg pursued her nursing degree. After his discharge, George returned to Dartmouth and received his bachelor's degree in 1956. He earned his master's degree from Indiana University in 1957.
This launched a storied career in oil and gas that sent him around the world. George worked for 11 years at Chevron Oil Company, which took them across the Southwest, including several interesting months living on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, N.M. George then joined Coastal Corporation as senior vice president for oil and gas exploration worldwide. He traveled to Mauritania, Lybia, Morocco and many other countries. After 12 years at Coastal he became president of a smaller company, Garnet Resources, which operated internationally.
His international travel resulted in many lasting friendships in Turkey, Colombia, China and Pakistan. Peg accompanied him on trips to many fascinating destinations including Damascus, Syria; Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey; Bogota, Colombia and Papua New Guinea.
Despite his years of traveling, George spearheaded many family adventures - to dude ranches in Colorado, visits to North and South Dakota and New England, and a memorable trip for the whole family to England. After George retired, he and Peg visited many places together and made wonderful memories, especially during a Baltic cruise with a long stay in St Petersburg, Russia, and a trip to Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego.
After retiring in 1995 George lent his talents to several volunteer causes. He served as president of the Advisory Board of Indiana University's Department of Geosciences (also chairing its endowment campaign) and was on the advisory board of Output Exploration, LLC. In Houston George was a trustee for Bering Omega Community Services, St. Stephen's Episcopal School and the PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation. He served as a Harris County precinct chair. He sang and served on the council of the United Nations International Choir.
George also was a longtime member of St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Houston and spent many hours volunteering on various projects.
One of the last organizations where George volunteered was Sight into Sound (formerly Taping for the Blind). A few weeks ago a friend emailed a message that signified the true spirit of George: "Thank you for the service you provide. You did an awesome job of bringing to life the words I have written, but could not read. Please tell Mr. Nevers he's the greatest."
George's family was his greatest joy, love, challenge and accomplishment. He was
a loving head of the family and father. His proudest moments came when each of
his children were born, and he always encouraged and cheered them on, no matter
the endeavor. He also cherished his friends here and around the world. We will sorely miss him.
Survivors include his wife and life partner for 61 years, Peg; sons, Stephen and wife
Jan of Denver; Gregory of Charleston, S.C.; Robert and wife Loretta of League City; Daniel and partner Josh Seelig of Berkeley, Calif.; daughter, Rebecca Myers of Houston; brother, Ashley and wife Joyce of Whitefield, NH; and sister, Priscilla Howker of Medway, Mass.
He is also survived by his granddaughters Lindsey, Hannah, Rachel and Maggie Nevers;
Jeremy, Jason, and Joseph Armantrout; and Jennifer and Gregory Myers. Great grandchildren are Mason, Morgan and Mia Armantrout.
George was predeceased by his parents, sister, Elizabeth Denison and brother, Robert Nevers. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation will be from five to seven p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama Street, Houston, Texas 77098. Funeral service will be at three p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1805 West Alabama, Houston, Texas, 77098. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue.
Special thanks to Dr. Garth Beinert, and the Medical Clinic of Houston. Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to Houston Hospice, Dr. Elizabeth Strauch and Patricia Alvarez.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to St Stephen's Episcopal Church.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 12, 2014
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