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HESS, George Griffith 77, of Beavercreek, left us September 4, 2015. Born in Collingswood, NJ, he graduated from Juniata College and received his PhD from Penn State. Coming to Wright State in the second year of its existence, he taught chemistry there for 34 years. He received the College of Science and Mathematics' Outstanding Teaching Award 3 times, served as department chair from 1984-88, was first in the department to integrate computers in the classroom, and spent many hours in one-on-one tutoring sessions to ensure his students understood the material. During his final illness, it was a joy to be treated by some of his former students who had gone on to medical careers. In the early days of family-centered maternity care, he was one of the first fathers admitted to a Dayton hospital's delivery room. Professionally, he was active in the local section of the American Chemical Society, serving as chair in 1975, as well as chairing the Patterson-Crane Award committee for 6 years. He served on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Valley Chromatography Symposium from 1977-96, chairing it from 1985-90. In 1990-91, he was a visiting scientist at the EPA Research Lab in Athens, GA. Active in the Beavercreek Church of the Brethren, he held a number of leadership positions, taught an adult class, and used his fine tenor voice both in the choir and as a soloist. He volunteered for the Dorset Downs Neighborhood Association and helped launch the Beavercreek Historical Society's Living History program. His wide-ranging interests included music, bird-watching, reading, woodworking, traveling, baking and family games of "Oh Heck". The surplus from his bountiful vegetable garden found its way to many other tables. Much beloved by family and friends alike, he is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 53 years, daughter Heidi (Chris Rice), son Jon (Minh Hess), and cherished grandchildren, Nathan and Nicole Hess and Sophie Rice. The family owes a great debt of thanks to Dr. Mark Romer, Hospice of Dayton, and a long list of dedicated and caring nurses and medical personnel. George donated his body to the Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Beavercreek Church of the Brethren, 2659 Dayton-Xenia Road. Donations in his memory may be made to Trees for Life (http://www.trees for or Habitat for Humanity (

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Published in Dayton Daily News from Sep. 6 to Sep. 20, 2015.
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September 26, 2015
Your light continues to shine
September 20, 2015
Rest in peace in God's memory.
September 20, 2015
George's smile and laugh are in my mind as I write this. Over the decades I have known your family, I found him always to be kind and supportive, first as the father of my violin student, then as the grandfather of two more. My prayers are with all of you.
Mary Arnett-Sparks
September 15, 2015
Dear Sylvia,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. George was a dear friend and colleague whose kind spirit and gentle sense of humor was a blessing to all of us who knew him.
Paul Seybold
September 9, 2015
Rest in peace in God's memory.
September 7, 2015

Dear Sylvia,
My Deepest Sympathy & Prayers to you & the family. He was always a kind & gentle spirit, & he will be missed in our yoga
class. May you feel God's Presence & Comfort today & in the days ahead.
Karen Richey
September 7, 2015
The Wright State University Retiree's Association extends our condolences the family of George Hess. We also want to acknowledge his many years of service to our University.
September 6, 2015
May you be encouraged by God's promise of eternal life.
September 6, 2015
I am sorry to hear this sad news as we prepare to attend our 60th class reunion of Collingswood High School class of 1955. George was a good friend in those days and I will miss seeing him again.

Condolences to Sylvia and family.

Dick Doyle
September 6, 2015
George was such a dear man. I know he will be missed by many. At church, I could always count on his lovely tenor voice and his subtle dry wit. My condolences to Sylvia, Jon, Heidi and all of you who were so lucky to have him in your lives.
Raymonde Rougier
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