Old Lyme - George Balogh Duncan, 85, died quietly at home, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, surrounded by family.
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He was born in Petersborough, N.H., on March 17, 1927, to George Prescott Duncan and Julia (Balogh) Duncan; soon after, he moved with his mother to New York City. As a young boy he came to live with the McCulloch family in Old Lyme where he became brother to their children and later uncle to their children.
He attended public school in Old Lyme and went on to complete high school in Hinsdale, Ill. along with his sister, Taffy Holland. At 17 he joined the Army Reserves and enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18. He served aboard a destroyer in American and Asian Pacific waters and upon discharge attended The University of Illinois at Navy Pier, Ill. He went on to Mitchell College and the University of Connecticut where he received a degree in mechanical engineering.
As an electrical and mechanical engineer, he worked for both civilian and military manufacturers across the nation such as Raytheon, Lincoln Labs, Hamilton Standard and Boeing Aircraft. In his younger years, he was an avid skier and hiker. His deep and abiding love for the outdoors led him to fish, canoe and walk many miles through the White Mountains and the Pacific Northwest. He was a strong supporter of conservation organizations and a lifelong member of The Seattle Mountaineers, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club. In his later years, he enjoyed wood carving, water color painting, gardening, and making powered and gliding model aircraft.
He is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Gaines of Providence, R.I.; a sister, Mary Jean Vasiloff; and brother, David McCulloch, both of Old Lyme; as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all.
George donated his body to Yale Medical School and requested that there be no service.
Donations in his name may be made to the Appalachian or Adirondack Mountain Clubs.
Published in The Day on Nov. 11, 2012