George was born October 16, 1940 in Buffalo, NY and went home to the Lord on May 11, 2013. George was preceded in death by his wife, Kay, in 1996; his father, Derwin, in 1976; and his mother, Mary, in 1985. George attended school in Syracuse, NY through his sophomore year of high school, when his father changed jobs and moved the family to Birmingham, AL. George graduated high school in 1958 and attended Auburn University, where he majored in aerospace engineering. George and Kay met at Auburn and married on December 20, 1962 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Birmingham. After graduation in 1963, George was first employed by Brown Engineering in Huntsville, AL, where he developed flight vehicles for the Apollo Program. George and Kay's first son, Bill, was born in Birmingham in August, 1967.
In 1968, the family moved to Seabrook, TX, when George accepted a position with General Electric, where he worked on NASA flight vehicle temperature management. When General Electric moved in 1970 from Seabrook to Nassau Bay, across the street from NASA, George and the family moved to Clear Lake. George and Kay had a second son, Scott, in 1971. While working for General Electric, George continued to work on the Apollo program, covering missions 7 through 10 for preparation for flight to the moon and 11 through 17 for lunar travel. George was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon for his work on the Apollo 13 mission. In 1985, George moved to ILC Space Systems, where he worked on the design and fabrication for the NASA Space Shuttle program and other rockets. In 1996, George lost his wife Kay to cancer, but George kept busy working on the space program. George married his second wife, Patti Aitkens, in 1999, and divorced in 2009. George retired from ILC in 2002 and moved to Plano, TX in 2008 to be near his sons and their families. He became a member of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Plano.
George became a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay in 1968. He served as an usher, then on the church vestry, then as Acolyte Master, a position he held for 30 years. George was inducted as a Verger in the Episcopal Church in 1994 and served in that position until 2008. George volunteered time to NASA Area Little League for many years, serving as an executive board member and a coach for his sons and two grandsons.
George is survived by son Bill and his wife Jennifier, of Plano; son Scott and his wife Amanda, of Denton; five grandchildren: Elaina, Rachael, Clayton, Nicholas, and Dillon; sister Betsy Henderson and husband Hobie of AL; sister Martha Rittman of AL; three nephews and four nieces.; Brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kathy Howard of Jackson, Mississippi.
A memorial service is planned at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal on Saturday June 8th at 2:00 pm.