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Stu died reluctantly surrounded by family at home due to complications of cancer.
He grew up in Flint, MI. Stu worked in an auto factory there, sold beer mugs and washed dishes in college at Harvard (Class of 1966), and graduated from the
University of Michigan
Medical School in 1971, where he met and married the love of his life, Diana. Together they survived surgical residency in Boston and London, two years with the USAF in Marquette, MI and 20 years of practice as a general surgeon, most of it in Salt Lake City, UT. He then retired from medicine and became a financial services representative with Fidelity Investments.
Stu's "five minutes of fame" occurred when he portrayed iconic American surgeon William S. Halsted in a film produced by WGBH-TV. Shot in historic locations in Boston, this sixth episode of season one of "NOVA" described the development of anesthesia. Next to his family, his greatest pride was being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), an organization established in 1913 devoted solely to the improvement of the care of the surgical patient, and its Fellows Leadership Society.
By far the most rewarding and fulfilling role was being father to Stephen and Scott and husband to Diana, his life-long companion and Best Friend of over 40 years. He will be remembered as a man of uncommon integrity who enjoyed skiing, hiking, sailing, opera and Shakespeare. One of his wife's favorite memories is of sitting beside him during the "Triumphal March" from Utah Opera's "Aida." Stu was an enthusiastic supporter of the development of the new Utah Museum of Natural History.
He is survived by his wife Diana; son Stephen (Elioenai) George of Sandy, UT and two beautiful granddaughters thereby; son Scott George of Seattle, WA; and brother Barry (Joanne) George of Midland, MI.
A brief service will be held at 6:00 PM on the evening of Thursday, January 9th at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, where a celebration of his life will follow.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Jan. 5, 2014
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"I only knew you briefly, but never doubted your compassion, talent or integrity."
- BRUCE GRIMM
"Deepest sympathy to Diana and the entire family. Stu was a great man."
- Scott Phillips
"I worked with Stuart for many years. He was a very kind and helpful person. I spoke with him just a..."
- Tina Kakunes
"Truly a man of integrity. If measured by his legacy he was a "Great" Man. Over the years I knew him he..."
- Chuck Salazar
"Into Paradise may the angels lead him. May light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace. I am so..."
- Judy Barbuto
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