George M. Warren, Jr.
July 8, 1934 ~ December 18, 2009
Pacific Grove - George M. Warren, Jr., a native of West Palm Beach, FL, died at Community Hospital on December 18 following a long illness. George was born July 8, 1934. He joined the U.S. Army following high school and attended the Army Language School. During this time, he received commendations for helping to break Russian codes during the Cold War. George was a true linguist who taught himself five languages.
Following his military service, George worked as a sports reporter for the Savannah Evening Press for a number of years. A gifted classical guitarist, he and his closest friend in Savannah, David Parker, played background guitar for two LP albums of folk songs by an African American singer from Savannah, Tedd Browne. He also pursued his writing career and guitar skills in the Washington, DC area. His musical skills were recognized by Brazilian guitarist, Laurindo Almeida, who invited George to run his guitar studio in Los Angeles where many Hollywood stars took lessons.
Extremely brilliant, George had an uncanny ability to hold information in his head. He wrote 13 books in the "Children of the Lion" series under the pseudonym Peter Danielson. He used other pseudonyms including Melanie Daniels. As a writer, George was able to balance 40 different characters at any one time and had over 40 of his books published. Coming to the Monterey Peninsula 28 years ago, he wrote a by-line column in The Herald, "On The Arts", until suffering a stroke in June 1992.
George is survived by his wife of over 14 years, Tina; his daughter, Jennifer and his brother, William (Louise), of Griffin, GA. He was preceded in death by his son, Nicolas, in 2008.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Angela Merici Church, today, Tuesday, December 22 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Tina Warren, c/o St. Angela Merici Church, 146 - 8th St., Pacific Grove, CA 93950.
Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign George's guest book and leave messages for his family.
Published by Monterey Herald on Dec. 22, 2009.