Ceithaml, George Frank, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at his home in Dana Point, CA at the age of 91. Born in Chicago, he was quarterback and captain of the 1942 University of Michigan football team and was a starter for the 1943 East-West Shrine Game as well as the College All-Star team that defeated the NFL Champion Rams. After being selected captain of the 1942 All-American Blocking Team and receiving All-American Honorable Mention honors, Ceithaml was drafted to play in the NFL, however, he entered the United States Navy upon graduation, participating in the 1944 landings at Anzio Beach and D-Day at Normandy. |
Ceithaml returned to the University of Michigan and served as an assistant football coach and later at USC. When in Pasadena with the Michigan 1948 Rose Bowl team, he met the love of his life, Joan Kalmbach on a blind date. They were engaged in just 10 days and married three months later - a marriage that lasted 64 years.
He left USC in 1957 to pursue a business career with Investors Diversified Services, Inc. - then the world's largest investment management firm. After promotions that led to his position as the company's senior vice president for marketing in Minneapolis, MN, Ceithaml retired and moved back to California (Laguna Beach) with his wife Joan.
George was a member of Newport Beach County Club and an active volunteer at his grandchildren's elementary school in Laguna Beach as well as an ardent supporter of the University of Michigan football team. He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter, Jody; son, George and his wife Chrys; three grandchildren, Kara, Taylor and Colin; and his brother, Joseph.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
Published in Orange County Register on June 6, 2012