Mouchaty, born in Aleppo, Syria on the 9th of June 1950, died in Houston, in his home on Monday December 10, 2012 of cancer at the age of 62. After completing a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry and Physics at University of Aleppo, Georges studied at University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France where he completed an advanced studies diploma in Nuclear and Radio Chemistry in 1975, and a doctorate in Nuclear Chemistry in 1977. After completing his studies abroad, Georges served in the Syrian military as a Professor of Physics in the Engineering Military Academy of Aleppo, Syria. Georges emigrated to the U.S. in 1980.
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He worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with Richard P. Schmitt in the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University (1980-1984). His work focused on heavy ion experiments to achieve a better understanding of angular momentum transfer, and experimental techniques to produce and study high spin states. Later Georges worked as a Development Engineer at Schlumberger Well Services (1984-85) and as an Accelerator Physicist at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University (1985-1997). His work in accelerator physics included the design of the magnetic field topology of the first E.C.R. ion source built at Texas A&M University. Georges co-authored 26 peer-reviewed publications, 9 invited papers and numerous meeting contributions and scientific reports. Georges retired in 1997 due to disability.
Georges married his wife, Suzette (Durall) Mouchaty, on 16 March 1994. They lived in Lund, Sweden before making their home in Houston, Texas in 2000. Georges is predeceased by his parents, Elias Lattouf and Jeannette (Dib) Mouchaty, and his brother, Edgar Mouchaty, of Aleppo, Syria. He is survived by his wife, Suzette, by Lattouf Mouchaty of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Faez Mouchaty, Nadia Elham (Mouchaty) and Tony Roumieh, Marcelle Zakiya (Mouchaty) and Hannah Shammas, Fadia Mouchaty, 9 nieces and nephews and a large extended family in Aleppo, Syria. The family extends heartfelt thanks to friends Basem Barakat, Tony Okde, and Adnan Kasem, to Dr. Nitin Kapur for his compassionate care during Georges' long illness and to Father Jude Ezuma for his support and comfort during our time of need. "When love beckons you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep…you may know the secrets of your heart and in that knowledge become a fragment of life's heart" (Gibran).
Georges was buried on December 12th in a private ceremony at Forest Park West cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston. Donations in Georges' memory may be made to the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, 1701 San Jacinto St., Houston (713-659-1561).
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 31, 2012