Dr. George Yost Harry Jr. (1919 - 2015)

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January 14, 1919 – July 26, 2015

Dr. George Harry lived a rich and joyful life for 96 years. He was born in Portland, OR in 1919 to George, Sr. and Florence (Maille) Harry. He had two siblings Thomas and Peter, (both deceased). His schooling began at Duniway Elementary in Portland, and ended at the University of Washington with a PHD in Ichthyology.

World War II began soon after George received a master's degree from Michigan State University. He was assigned to be the Commanding Officer of the LCI 1015. On July 17, 1942, he married the love of his life, Evelyn Cora Leiper (9/11/22 – 6/21/01). After the war, George began his career in Astoria, Oregon, in 1947 as a fisheries scientist instrumental in developing the pink shrimp fishery on the west coast. After a position in Portland Oregon as a research biologist he moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1958 with Evelyn and their two children Heather and Tuck. In Juneau, George was director of fisheries research for US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Auke Bay Lab. While working at the lab he was the lead negotiator for the US government Fisheries Treaties for the US, Japan and Russia. He visited Moscow as a diplomat on 17 occasions and had many lifelong Russian friends. In 1970 George and Evelyn then moved to Michigan where he was the Director of Fisheries Research at NOAA with a specific focus on the Great Lakes. In 1970 they moved to Bellevue, WA where George worked again for NOAA as the Director of the Marine Mammal Laboratory at Sand Point until retirement.

During George's life he was an active member of the Episcopal Church and after he retired, directed the Rotary Scholars program out of the University of Washington.

George leaves family members that have great love for him, Daughter Heather and her husband David Nelson of Portland, Oregon; Son Tuck and his wife Lisa Speno of Tenakee Springs, Alaska; Grandsons and their wives, Geoffrey and Carol Nelson of Portland, OR and Christopher and Kristine Nelson and their three children Amelia, Calla and Briar of Seattle, WA, as well as nieces and nephews.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 18 to Sept. 16, 2015