George E. Zink

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TAMWORTH -- George Eno Zink of Wonalancet died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

He was born Nov. 30, 1918, in Lawrence, Mass., the son of Alvin and Mary Ethel (Eno) Zink, and attended public schools in Andover, Mass. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1941 with degrees in English and chemistry.

Following his college graduation, he taught at Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., for 10 years before moving to Groton, Mass., to teach at Groton School until his retirement in 1981.

Over almost 40 years he taught English, math, physics and chemistry. Although he often took classes and spent time with his family during summer vacations, one of his fondest memories was being a part of the faculty at St. Paul's School ASP the summers of 1958 and 1959.

From the late 1970s until his passing he combined his love of the outdoors with his activism by serving for many years as the President and Trails Chairman of the Wonalancet Outdoor Club. He is known as the "Father of the Sandwich Range Wilderness" for his work as a member of the Sandwich Range Wilderness Committee.

In November 2000 he was awarded the Wilderness Excellence Award for his work in the White Mountain National Forest. His activism led him to involvement with the Arts Council of Tamworth, and The Tamworth Foundation, He was the President and founder of the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sally (Youmans) Zink; his children Nancy Zink-Mailloux of Salisbury, George Zink Jr. of Nashua, Jeff Zink of Merrimac, Mass., Martha Wright of Fort White, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at the Wonalancet Union Chapel, Wonalancet, on Sunday, July 26th at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to Tamworth Community Nurse Association, 84 Main St., P.O. Box 352, Tamworth, or Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eastern Slopes, 30 Tamworth Road, Tamworth, NH.

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