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George Cannon Pingree, MD
1935 ~ 2013
George Cannon Pingree, dearly loved husband, father, grandfather and physician died at home on February 10, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
George was born on January 8, 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Job Frederick Pingree and Marjorie Cannon Pingree. After graduating from West High School, he attended the University of Utah earning a degree in medical biology. He was active in student government serving as sophomore class president and as Student Body Treasurer.
From his earliest years, his desire was to become a physician. He was accepted to medical school while serving an LDS mission in New England. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1962 and upon completion of a rotating internship in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was commissioned a Captain in the US Air Force. On July 3, 1963, George married Anne Clark in the Salt Lake Temple and they began their married life in France where he was a flight surgeon for two years. Following his military service, George completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic.
For thirty-four years, George practiced ophthalmology at Cottonwood Ophthalmology and later at the Moran Eye Center. He had a remarkable and generous spirit and will always be remembered for the deep love he had for his fellow man. He used his medical skills to bring healing, hope and comfort to those both near and far away. He served as a medical consultant to the Emir of Bahrain, was a volunteer physician to the Navajo Nation and at the Murray Allen Center for the Blind. He was a member of the LDS Missionary Medical Advisory Council, a member of the Physician's Licensing Board, and served as a humanitarian missionary for the LDS Church where he coordinated volunteer ophthalmologists in training local physicians in developing nations.
George served tirelessly and enthusiastically in the medical community. He was a clinical professor and a member of the admissions committee at the University of Utah School of Medicine as well as an ophthalmology consultant at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was president of the Utah Ophthalmological Society, president of the Medical School Alumni Association, and president of the Utah Medical Association.
George was a committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Sunday was his favorite day and he loved serving in the church. He held a variety of callings including, branch president in the University Second Branch, stake high councilor and a counselor in the Salt Lake Wasatch Stake Presidency. From 1995-98, he served with his wife as a mission president in the Nigeria Port Harcourt Mission. He loved his African missionaries and being part of the growth of the church in West Africa.
He enjoyed classical music, fine art and was previously a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to work hard and seek after excellence in academics and in the arts.
George loved skiing, hiking and swimming and his annual camping trip to Scout Lake in the Uintah Mountains with his children and grandchildren. His spirit was unconquerable as he faced his many physical challenges with positive determination and courage.
George's greatest accomplishment was as a devoted father to his five children: Mary-Margaret (Matthew M. Durham); Megan; Dan (Kristin); Anne-Katherine (Matthew J. Pugmire); Clark and nine grandchildren who were his great joy. He is survived by his wife, Anne, his children and grandchildren, sister (Patricia Romney), and brothers (Toby and John).
Services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Salt Lake Wasatch Stake Center located at 8170 Short Hills Drive (3425 East). Visitors may come from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and also from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 15 at Larkin Sunset Lawn (2350 East 1300 South).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the George C. Pingree, M.D. and Anne C. Pingree Legacy Endowed Scholarship at the University of Utah School of Medicine (801-581-4401).

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, 2013.
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February 23, 2013
Dear Sister Pingree,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. I did not know him and only met you a few times in relation to my calling in the Bonneville Stake Relief Society. I just wanted you to know that my heart is with you. Sincerely, Dixie Baker
February 20, 2013
Anne, My Condolences to Your Family and loved ones. I will cherish my daily visits with George and the conversations that we had. I am grateful that I had a chance to meet and know your family and I wish you all the best.
Mickey Hoelscher
February 19, 2013
Dear Anne,

We are so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was always such a great example to me and I always enjoyed so much his lessons in our high priest group.
It was an honor just to know him.
Calvin and Julie Tanner
February 18, 2013
Dr. Pingree served 4 generations of my family as our eye doctor, and we all had such respect for him. I also had the privilege of getting to know him and your family a bit better being friends with Mary Margaret in high school. I have great memories of Dr. Pingree, and your family must be so proud of the legacy he left. What an amazingly loving, action packed life. Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pamela (Eccles) Watkins
February 17, 2013
So sad to hear of Dr. Pingree's passing. I worked for him when he first began practice in Bountiful, Utah and then we moved to Murray, Utah. He and I shared rides together to and from work. I loved him dearly! He was an amazing physician, boss and "brother" to me! He taught me many things and trusted me with great opportunities. Heaven has welcomed an honorable son home again!
Sharri Beal-Rosvall
February 16, 2013
Dear Anne and Family,
I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of a great man. He truly was a man of integrity and compassion for all. I knew you and your family while living in the University Village and loved knowing your sweet family. He was a loving and caring man who was always concerned for all of us in his branch. May sweet memories of him continue to comfort you in the time ahead!! Love to you all.
Lorilee Jones Pearson
February 16, 2013
My condolences to the Pingree family in their hour of bereavement. George and his family were part of the Ensign Ward family. How plesant to recall those wonderful days on the avenues. My father, Geo. Cannon Young was Bishop of the Ward. Eventually the 2nd Ward was formed and our contact diminished. I have nothing but respect for the entire Pingree family. May the Lord bless you!
Richard W Young
February 16, 2013
I have too many memories of President and Sister Pingree. During our zone conferences, he would give us a singing key and tune using his harmonica, and we would all just enjoy listening to him play. He used to make jokes and make us laugh. Meetings with him were really fun and lesson bound. I trully enjoyed serving with him in Nigeria Port Harcourt mission. Sister Pingree, know that I loved serving with you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please find comfort in moments like these. Joyfull memories of both of you will always linger on. THANK YOU!!!
February 15, 2013
President Pingree was my mission president, I enjoyed serving with them. His mission our mission was finding "SEEDSTALKS"!!! Thank you both for the support. My you rest in peace
Dorcas Obonyo
February 15, 2013
Dear Anne,
You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I am so blessed to have had you and George as my wonderful friends and neighbors for so many years. The memories of "Golden Hills" will always be cherished. I will miss George and pray that you and your family will be comforted at this time.
With love,
Norma Winegar
February 15, 2013
Dear Anne and family, I was sorry to hear of George going to the other side of the veil. Thank you for the service you have both rendered in building the Lord's kingdom. It was also a special to work with him in the missionary department for many years. May the Lord's choicest blessings comfort you.
Owen Smoot MD
February 15, 2013
President Pingree, was my missinon President. I learned so much from him. The love he had for the African people, and his missionaries could not be express. May you rest in peace my dear friend.
Newton Gborway
February 15, 2013
Dear Anne,
We were sorry to read about George's passing. Clyde held him in high regard as a colleague and friend. We have enjoyed our association over the years. We send our love and prayers for you and your family.
Carol and Clyde Bench, BYU Jerusalem Center
February 15, 2013
Dear Anne and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. George holds a special place in my heart and always was a favorite cousin of my Dad's (David Pingree). I have always loved and admired your family so very much and will miss George and wish I could be with you to celebrate his wonderful life.
Sabey Jane Pingree Grange
February 14, 2013
We were sorry to hear of George's passing. I worked with him briefly on the Church's eye care committee and saw him at various meetings. He had an indomitable spirit inspite of illness and was a great example to us. May God be with you and comfort you always.
Dr. and Mrs. David G.Feil
David G. & Margrit L. Feil
February 14, 2013
I know that none of your family and I are acquainted. However, George was my missionary companion the last six months of my mission in Maine. While together, he was the District President, and we travelled througout Maine visiting the Saints there. We were able to contact several individuals and while there were fortunate enough to teach many investigators. He was an outstanding missionary for whom I had great respect. I found out about his passing from Brother Clark, former President of the Arizona Temple where I am currently serving as an ordinance worker. He said he would be attending. My deepest condolences and prayers go with his family. May our Father in Heaven bless them.
Kenneth Bond
February 14, 2013
I was very sorry to learn of George's recent passing. He and his son Dan were my family's home teachers for a couple years back in the 80s and were always diligent in their responsibilities. George was a great man and one of the pillars in the ward. He and his wife Anne raised a wonderful family. My condolences to Anne, Mary-Margaret, Megan, Dan, Anne-Katherine, Clark and all of George's family and loved ones.
Sjon Stevens
February 14, 2013
Dear Anne, Paula and I have many fond memories of our time in University Village when George served as our branch president. We, like so many others, also benefited from his love, kindness and diligent service. When you and George spoke in our ward a couple of years ago we were impressed at your kindness and support for George as he struggled with MS. You are wonderful examples to us of kindness and charity. We pray for your comfort during this time of loss and mourning.
February 14, 2013
Dear Ann,
Suzanne and I were blessed to know George and were touched by his friendship and skill as a physician. He was always so kind and considerate when we were in his office and whenever we saw both of you. You both have been a wonderful example to many of us throughout the years.
Doug and Suzanne Robbins
The Woodlands, TX
February 13, 2013
Aunt Anne and family,
We love you and pray that you will be comforted during this difficult time. We will miss UG a lot. He is a great example to us of faith, courage, and optimism. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Sara and Brett Graham and family
Sara Graham
February 13, 2013
I first went to Dr. Pingree's office when I was 17 years old. During my exam, Dr. Pingree noticed that something was seriously wrong. Within 30 minutes he had me on the phone with a neurologist who later discovered that I had cyst in the center of my brain. I simply cannot express how thankful I am for Dr. Pingree; he saved my life. I send my sincerest condolences to Dr. Pingree's family. He was a true blessing to this world.
Jill Howick Bowen
February 13, 2013
Dear Anne,
I had the great privilege of knowing George at the University of Utah. I became good friends while singing with him in a quartet at the "U" in the Pi Kappa Alpha quartet and as one of the ZCMI quartet for two years at Christmas time. He was a wonderful singer and a wonderful example to all of us in righteous living.
Please accept my sincerest condolences at this time of your sorrow. I loved him as an individual and fellow M.D. I will miss him and look forward to joining him in the great hereafter - hopefully to sing with him in the heavenly choirs.
I had a nick-name for him which I always treasured and sent him a picture from Scandinavia: Saint Georg and the Dragon Schlager (Slayer).
Sandra and I are hoping to attend the funeral services. If we can't make it, just know that we are thinking of you.
Bill and Sandra Black
February 13, 2013
Dearest Pingree family,

We were so saddened when we read of the passing of our good friend Dr. Pingree. Our sympathies go to your entire family, and especially to John and Carman, who we have been very close to throughout the years. We are so grateful to the wonderful service George rendered to us and to so many others. He was so kind to help us when we were serving as president of the MTC in Spain when President Wakefield had an eye problem. He was so kind to walk us through the problem. He was so willing to talk to us and help us through a trying time.

We pray that our kind Heavenly Father will wrap his arms around all of you and tender you in His loving care during this difficult time.

Our love,
February 13, 2013
God Bless the family. My father Dr. Rocco Bills) thought alot of him and I know that he will be glad to see him again. My thoughts are with your family at this time.
Becky Bills Sullivan
February 13, 2013
Ann, I send you my love and prayers as you go through this next journey without your dear husband at your side. I do know some of what you will go through as you mourn your loss. I also know the Holy Spirit will send comfort and peace to you. You have been in my prayers.
Linda Turney
February 13, 2013
The Emeritus Ladies of The Tabernacle Choir will remember George as one of our deceased members at our annual luncheon.

May he sing with the Choirs above!
Carolyn Taylor Harmon
Carolyn Harmon
February 13, 2013
Dear Anne & Pat,
So sorry to learn of George's passing. I remember him well when Grant and I lived next door to his mother at Graystone. Grant passed away 5 years ago. I married a dear friend of many years a little over a year ago. He and his wife also lived at Graystone. We were all in a study group together. His wife died about 2 years ago. I do pray for your strength and comfort at this time.
Lois Morrell Zufall
Apple Valley, CA
February 13, 2013
My wife and I served as missionaries in the Port Hartcourt Nigeria Mission in 1997-98. George was our Mission President during 14 months of that time. He was a shining example of committment to the gospel and to the African people that he served and loved. He was a leader, a teacher and a great friend to us as missionaries. We believe he is serving now as a missionary in the same way he served in this life. He is among our Heavenly Father's most choice spirits. Our love and sympathies go to Anne and their family at this time of their loss.
Frank and Judy Wibiral
February 13, 2013
George Pingree was a great man, a skilled doctor, and an avid spiritual leader. Karen and I have been blessed by his life. Bless his family, his posterity, and those closest to him.
V. Dallas Merrell
February 13, 2013
We miss you, Papa. We love you dearly.
Britta and Anson Pingree
February 13, 2013
Guatemalan Foundation School in Patzicia, Guatemala
George will be deeply missed by many, as mentioned in his obituary, but I must add one more group--the Mayan/Cakchiquel Indians from Patzicia, Guatemala. In 1882 he joined his brother, Toby, as a Trustee for the Foundation for Indian Development (now the Guatemalan Foundation). For the next 10 years saved he made possible the extremely successful operation of the Foundation's Patzicia School for needy Guatemalans by donating The Cottonwood Optical and then negotiating its sale to Knighton Optical. Proceeds from that sale supported the school for 10 years. He thereafter continued as a Trustee until his passing, each year with more generous donations making possible more than 1,400 graduates of the school, many going on to become doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, teachers, policemen,religious and political leaders, and more. The Indigenous peoples of Guatemala, and all involved with the Foundation mourn his loss, and have him and his family in their prayers.
Cordell Andersen
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