George Zournas

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  • "Kathy, I just learned of George's death. I can't even know..."
    - Martha McClune Backstrom
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  • "I had the pleasure of getting to know George several years..."
    - M Mallory
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    - John Barkoulas
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    - Diana & Joshua Cutler
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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
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 31, 2013
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