STRONG--George Hotham, of Locust, NJ died Sunday, January 5, as a result of cardiac arrest at the age of 87. Born in 1926, he was the son of George Hite Strong and Mary Elizabeth Hotham Strong. George served in the United States Army in Italy during WWII. He graduated from Allegheny College in 1949 Magna cum Laude, Salutatorian, and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School in 1951. His career as a financial and health care executive included Vice President at Smith, Barney & Co. and Vice President & Chief Financial Officer with The Norlin Corporation, American Medicorp and Universal Health Services. This was followed by twenty years as a venture capital investor. He served on the boards of over a dozen companies, primarily in the health care industry. He is known as one of the health care industry's leading specialists in the area of finance. He has been instrumental in building a number of major healthcare service businesses, including hospital chains. He was active in Harvard Business School alumnae affairs for over fifty years, including serving as Chairman of the Special Gifts Committee. He was an avid reader with many intellectual interests, and had a gift for occasional poetry. George is survived by his wife of sixty years, Mary Lou Lyon Strong; three children: Cynthia Strong Hibbard of Cambridge, MA, Dexter Strong of Providence, RI, and Sarah Strong Bornstein of Danvers, MA; and six grandchildren. Two sisters, Marjorie Schaeffer and Rebecca Auman, both of Pittsburgh, survive. A funeral service will be held at All Saints Memorial Church in Navesink, NJ at 10am on Friday, January 10th. Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank, NJ is in charge of services. Donations, in lieu of flowers, should be sent to the
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 8, 2014