LEO I. GEORGE

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GEORGE LEO I. GEORGE Leo Isaac George, devoted father and grandfather, died on August 9, 2014 in Fort Myers, Florida. He is survived by his two daughters Christina Anne Attiliis and Kathleen Mary Galeota of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by six grandchildren, beloved partner Joan D. Hart, his former wife Sheila McCooey George, aunts, nieces and cousins. Leo was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania in 1936. He graduated from G.A.R. High School and played tackle for their State Champion Football Team. Leo received a full football scholarship from the University of Nebraska and was a running back for the Cornhuskers. After graduating from college, Leo accepted his commission as an Army Officer and served in the military police in Fort Lee, Virginia. In 1960 Leo enrolled at Georgetown University Law School which he graduated from in 1963. Leo was the lawyer for MCI in its seminal case against AT&T which ended AT&T's monopoly of phone service. The breakup of AT&T, which resulted from that case, led to the formationof local telephone companies, the Baby Bells, which were separated from AT&T's long distance business. It is one of the landmark cases in antitrust law and revolutionized the telephone service business, introducing competitive pricing to phone service. After the suit, MCI emerged as the nation's second biggest telecommunications company. He served as personal counsel to co-founders of MCI, John Goeken and William MacGowan. With MCI co-founder Jack Goeken he started Airfone, the first telephone service on commercial airliners. He founded two companies, Microband and Ruralvision, which led to the development of the wireless cable business. In the seventies, he formed his communications law firm and remained a sole practitioner for the rest of his career. In the early 1990's, Leo acquired a huge block of air space in the 38-Gigahertz spectrum which he later sold to WinStar which became the largest wireless carrier in the US. He was president and chairman of Avant Garde Technologies which provided last mile services to national long distance carriers. In 1997 Leo was selected as a finalist by Ernst & Young for the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Technology Services category. Leo's pioneering work in the field of multi-point distribution systems for pay television earned him the label, "father of the MDS industry." A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. with his cousin, Father William L. George, SJ officiating. Friends may call at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302 on Friday, August 15 between 6 to 8 p.m. www.everlyfuneralhomes.com Leo is loved by many and will be greatly missed by all who shared in his joy-filled life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Catholic Charities Center for Adoption & Pregnancy Services, 5294 Lyngate Court, Burke, VA 22015.

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Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 13 to Aug. 15, 2014