BRUNSWICK - George Washington Sciple IV died on April 21, 2013 at home after a long illness.
Dr. Sciple was born March 1, 1921, the son of George W. Sciple Sr. and Elizabeth Black Sciple. One of his distant grandfathers was an intense admirer of Gen. Washington and may have served under his command in Pennsylvania, therefore naming his son for Gen. Washington and starting a family tradition. Dr. Sciple's people came to the colony of Virginia in the second shipload of colonists to land in about 1611.
Dr. Sciple was a child of The Great Depression. With his father massively disabled and the family destitute, their lives were saved by his maternal grandmother. Through her commitment, courage, intense determination and creativity the family survived. In this grim time, The Boy Scouts meant a great deal to Dr. Sciple and made him Eagle Scout. Dr. Sciple was educated in the public schools of Fulton County and then was admitted to Emory University. He did well academically and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his senior year, graduating in 1942 after qualifying for AB and BS degrees. Dr. Sciple enlisted in the United States Marine Corp (R) shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack as a private. Years later, he was discharged as a major.
He was accepted in to medical school at Emory. After having to withdraw a short time after the beginning of his junior year after the consecutive deaths of two senior members of his immediate family, he re-entered Emory's Medical School and graduated in 1957 in the upper third of his class. Dr. Sciple took an internship at King County Hospital at the University of Washington
Service. With experience in ornithology and interest in epidemiology, he accepted a position in the U.S. Public Health Service and worked on the problem of arthropod-borne encephalitis throughout the Western United States as a member of the joint botulism investigations.
During this time he met his wife, Marjorie McKee, of Ogden, Utah, who was working in Sun Valley, Idaho at the time. They married in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1954. She died on April 14, 2007 in Brunswick.
Subsequently, he took a three-year residency at the University of Wisconsin
in Madison. Following this, he practiced at the Atlanta Psychiatric Clinic for 10 years, later moving to and practicing in Brunswick, where he retired after 20 years.
At one time or another Dr. Sciple lived in The Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, the Marianas Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. He has published more than 50 articles and occurrence notes in professional journals as well as serving on the editorial board of such a journal. Dr. Sciple wrote and published a book.
Survivors are two children, Marjorie (Curtis) Harris of Burnt Fort and George of Cobb County; sister, Lucy Sciple Durham of Tampa, Fla., and brother, Edward Black Sciple of Austin, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the family plot at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests, for those wishing to do so, making memorial donations to Hospice of The Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.