Higue, George John
March 21, 1915 - December 11, 2010
Dr. George J. Higue, age 95, passed away in his Huntington Harbour home on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Dr. Higue, a native born Los Angelino, graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1940 and then served in the U.S. Army in the 417th Artillery Field Unit in World War II
, being honorably discharged with the rank of Major, Dental Corps.
Shaping his life after the motto of Rotary International
, "Service above self, he profits most who serves best", he committed his time and resources to his alma mater USC, the professional organizations in which he served, and to the community of Bell, where he practiced for 45 years.
Recognized as an ardent advocate for children's oral health care, the American Society of Dentistry for Children honored him with the National Distinguished Service Award. A general practitioner, he holds fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Academy of Dentistry International. He served as the international president for the Pierre Fauchard Academy and was awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence while serving as Treasurer Emeritus. In 1994, he received the highest PFA award, the Gold Medal. Additionally, he served as president of both the Southern California and the Orange County Societies of Clinical Hypnosis.
In honor of his outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of the university, he was awarded the USC Alumni Service Award. A dedicated alumnus, he served as president School of Dentistry Century Club, of which he is a Charter Honorary Life Member and was presented the Merit Torch Bearer Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership. He served for 10 years on the Board of Councilors for the Dental School and was president of the USC Dental Alumni Association. He was a founding Presidential Associate and a staunch Scholarship Club member, attending all the football games. Most recently, he received the USC President's Award from the General Alumni Association as a lifelong benefactor of the university and the School of Dentistry.
For outstanding service to the community of Bell where he practiced, he was awarded a Citation from the California State Assembly and the Distinguished Service Award from the Bell Chamber of Commerce. He spearheaded the committee to build a swimming pool at Bell High School and initiated the Christmas Street Decorating program. He was twice Chamber president, and a past president of the Bell Maywood Rotary Club where he further distinguished himself with 32 years of continuous perfect attendance.
Excelling in all that he undertook, he proudly decorated his home for the Huntington Harbour boat parade, frequently hosting fundraising and professional events there.
Dr. Higue was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth, and his sister, Marguerite Dent. He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Hollub, his granddaughter, Alison Brenner, and his nephew, Robert Dent, all graduates of USC.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in Saint Anne's Catholic Church in Seal Beach. A celebration of his life is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.