George Zournas
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George Zournas LUBBOCK-George Zournas, only son of early Lubbock residents, Lillie Ruth Jones Zournas and John Zournas, left this life of May 16, 2013, as a result of a recent fall. He was born in Lubbock on May 6, 1928. George's family owned and operated the Tech caf and he spent a great amount of time, in his youth, working for his parents. He was well known for his musical talents, playing cello in the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and singing as a boy soprano in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church choir. After graduating from Lubbock High School in 1944, he attended the University of Texas. From Austin, he moved to New York City and became a partner in Theatre Arts Books and Productions, specializing in the performing arts. In 1988, he returned to Lubbock from New York. George was well known among his family and friends for his philanthropy. He donated generously to Texas Tech University and Harvard University. His large collection of books and materials from his lifetime of working in the arts is known as The Zournas Gift. Not only was George known for his generosity, hospitality and love of travel, but most importantly he was loved for the enormity of his goodness and kindness. He is survived by a cousin, Kathy Zournas Oliver of Lubbock. A celebration of his life is planned for a later date in Santa Fe, N.M. Memorials may be sent to the Johnanna Zournas Scholarship, Pi Beta Phi foundation, 1154 Town and Country Commons Drive, Town and Country, Missouri 63017 Condolences may be offered at

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Published in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 31, 2013.
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July 31, 2013
I just learned of George's death. I can't even know what a great loss this is for you. Blessings, Martha
Martha McClune Backstrom
July 28, 2013
martha mcclune backstrom
July 14, 2013
I had the pleasure of getting to know George several years ago. While saddened by his death, I am inspired by his remarkable life and ever joyous soul. I learned a great deal from him about peace, simplicity, love, art, and modern furniture. I will continue to think of George when I see ants on a countertop or peruse my Magritte plates.
M Mallory
July 5, 2013
Dear Kathy,

We offer you our deepest, most heartfelt condolences for George's passing. We love George dearly and share your sorrow.

With great sympathy,

Pagona Barkoula, Sofia Efstathiou, John Barkoulas
John Barkoulas
June 30, 2013
Venerable Geshe Ngawang Wangyal, teacher of George Zournas
Dear Kathy,

Joshua and I are so grateful for your phone call last week. We are including George in our prayers and will say special prayers in our temple on his behalf on his 49th day July 4, 2013.
Sincere Condolences Diana & Joshua Cutler
Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center
Diana & Joshua Cutler
June 4, 2013
Dear Kathy, Cyndi and I will miss this guy, a true gentleman. Very sorry to hear of his passing.
Kelly Pratas
May 31, 2013
Dear Kathy Just now read this about George. He was so much fun when we were growing up across the street from him. So sorry to hear about his passing. Love, Gladys Earle Rhea Marchbanks
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