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George Julio Casimiro Mottet

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GEORGE JULIO CASIMIRO MOTTET George Julio Casimiro Mottet- Antarctic explorer, educator, and doting grandfather-died on 14 September 2013. He is survived by his wife Mabelle, his daughter Monique Mottet- McGarry, son-in-law Charles McGarry, beloved grandsons Charles and Maximillian, and sister Lila Mottet de Casanova. Born in Mendoza, Argentina, in 1922, George found his first professional calling at a young age, entering the Argentine military academy at 16. Infusing his adventurous spirit into his successful military service, he became the first Argentinian to scale one of the hemisphere's highest peaks. At 28, he helped command Argentina's first scientific expedition to Antarctica, a 14-month journey that earned him presidential honors and continuing commendation. He subsequently served as Secretary of the Argentine Antarctic institute. Facing revolutionary reprisal, George and Mabelle in mid-life courageously uprooted themselves and immigrated to the United States, drawn by its democratic principles. Embracing his new homeland, George chartered a new path becoming a US citizen, volunteering in the Peace Corps, receiving his doctorate with honors in Political Philosophy, and finding a new professional passion in teaching. Advocating international understanding through education, he became Chair and Dean of international programs at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and sat on the boards of numerous educational institutes. After "retiring," he brought his vocation to Vero Beach, teaching at St. Edward's School, where he initiated the Model UN program, and Indian River State College, where he previously served on the Foundation's Advisory Committee. Of his countless accomplishments, George was most proud of his affinity with his students of all ages and walks of life. Through it all George was devoted to his family, co-navigating life's adventures with Mabelle, instilling curiosity about the world in Monique, and building lasting bonds of love with grandsons Charlie and Max. George will be buried with military honors at the Argentine San Martin Base, the Antarctic base he helped found in 1951. A memorial mass will be held at Holy Cross Church on 11 October, 2013, at 10 o'clock.

Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 29, 2013
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