Thomas William George
1942 - 2018
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Thomas William George

Knoxville, TN

Thomas William George, age 76, passed away at his home October 18, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 31, 1942 in Youngstown, Ohio, the only child of Rosemary and Francis George, moving later to Ridgecrest, California. He received his B.S. (Psychology) and MEd (Counseling and School Psychology) from Loyola University, Los Angeles and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1973. Dr. George served as a Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Education at UTK for 39 years, retiring in 2012 with Emeritus rank. He wished to express his gratitude to his administrative assistants, Nina Fox and Millie Cheatham. He is survived by wife, Janice of 52 years; daughter, Courtney George (Wade Milam) of Knoxville; son Ryan George (April) of Alamo, California and grandchildren, Drew, Cooper, Reese, Emme Milam and Lela and Charlie George; sister in law, Sandy Myers; two nieces and many cousins. Thank you to Dr. Aljadir, the other physicians and the many nurses who took such loving care of him at U. T. Medical Center.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Monday, October 22, 2018 at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, A Funeral Mass will follow at Saint John XXIII, University Parish, 1710 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN at 7:00 PM. A family graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery. The family request that in lieu of flowers, donation may be online to institute or mailed to U. T. Cancer Institute, 2121 Medical Center Way, Suite 110, Knoxville, 37920. Online condolences may be sent to Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2018.
04:00 - 06:00 PM
Graveside service
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Greenwood Cemetery.
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October 23, 2018
My deepest condolences to his family. I knew Tom as a colleague at UT. Always enjoyed working with him. He was truly a scholar and a gentleman with a great wit!
Mary Albrecht
October 23, 2018
I had the pleasure of working with Tom throughout his tenure at UT. As many have mentioned, he was kind, considerate, always well-organized. His quick wit and "quiet", sometimes subtle, sense of humor seemed to be always present, even in difficult situations. He was a very much needed part of the Dean's office - the one you could turn to work out internal (College, University) problems and give good advice, and he never seemed to get ruffled. There was always a smile and a kind word - and wisdom!

We grieve with you, his family. There are many of us who will miss Tom. He influenced not only our work, but our lives!

Russ French
Russell French
October 22, 2018
Jan ,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I spoke with Sandy earlier today and she sent me Dr. George's obituary. I know how difficult the last two years have been for you, Sandy and your family. Dr. George was a great man and a fighter. I met him once or twice and Sandy has also kept me up with Dr. George and your family for many years. I wish for your family peace, healing and faith. Our Lord, your love and united support will carry you through. Love and Peace, Ann
Ann Sanders-Eakes
October 22, 2018
Tom will long be remembered for his keen wit, genial nature, easy smile, sense of honor, and consummate professionalism. It was my honor to know and respect him since the 80s as a colleague at UT and a fellow St. John 23rd. parishioner.
Pattie Davis-Wiley
Pattie Davis-Wiley
October 22, 2018
Tom was a rare commodity: a truly good man. His quiet leadership helped keep the college of education ship afloat when it was going through some rough seas and an assortment of captains. He was always positive at work, on the golf course, and in the face of some incredibly tough medical challenges. I will always remember his fighting spirit and respect the goodness he demonstrated to everyone who knew him.
Amos Hatch
October 22, 2018
Tom was a wonderful advisor, guide, facilitator, mentor, and friend to the faculty and students at UT. He will be sorely missed. I am so glad I had the chance to know him. I send my deepest condolences to his family.
Barbara Thayer-Bacon
October 21, 2018
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Kathleen Reese
October 21, 2018
Love to the whole family. Mr, George left us all a wonderful and growing group of friends and family.
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