March 28, 1928 - June 6, 2013
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George Elihu Gourrich was born in Brooklyn, New York to Anna and Paul, both immigrants from Russia.
At the age of 16, he graduated from high school in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA.
In 1947, George received a B.S. in Engineering with the highest honors and, in 1950, a M.A. in Mathematics.
Northrop Aircraft hired him in 1950 to study the mathematical theory of guidance for their guided missile program.
In 1952, George joined the US Air Force. As a 2nd lieutenant; he was assigned to a research group at The Pentagon in Washington D.C.
In 1960, he went back to school and attended the Keck School of Medicine at USC, earning his Doctor of Medicine in 1964. He did the majority of his residency at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.
He began his private practice in 1970 of Internal Medicine in Century City. During his practice George was chairman of the Cedars Sinai Committee of Infectious Diseases, President of the Society of Hachman, President of the Alumni Association, Reporter of C/S Medical Staff News and Secretary of the Department of Internal Medicine. He retired in 1993 and founded the Emeritus Society at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
His honors include membership in Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu, Pi Mu Epsilon, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Omega Alpha and Sigma Psi.
He leaves his beloved wife, Dorothy, of 36 years, three step-children, Teri Barr, Tom Duffy (Angela) and Katherine Adamson (Thano), 10 grandchildren, Shannon Ruddick, Lauren Hillin, Erin Valdez, Megan Duffy, Brian Lovings, John Adamson, George Adamson, Thomas Adamson, Robert Adamson and Max Barr, and 5 great-grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and especially his family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 16, 2013