George M. Pigott, PhD, PE
George died April 6 after residing in a Bellevue, WA nursing facility for 2 years. He was 85. He grew up in Seattle and enjoyed his years as an Eagle Scout and at Roosevelt HS. where he began his life-long love of Big Band music.
As an officer in the Army Chemical Corps, George served in Korea and participated in the Nevada A-bomb tests.
At the Univ. of Wash. he received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering and taught there in the Institute of Food Science, College of Fisheries, for 37 years, serving as its Director for 10 years. George authored over 200 published technical papers, several book chapters, and was founding editor of the Journal of Aquatic Food Product Technology. He especially valued ongoing friendships with his graduate students, delighting in their successes.
George was a licensed Chemical Engineer and consulted as Sea Resources Engineering Inc. He traveled worldwide for numerous industrial companies, World Bank, and United Nations. George was a Fellow of The Institute of Food Technologists and held memberships in several other professional societies. Retiring as an Emeritus Professor, he joined boards of he Washington Society of Professional Engineers and of the English Speaking Union. George enjoyed scuba diving, cruising, vacationing in Hawaii & Mexico, bee keeping, growing vegetables and wine tasting..
George leaves his beloved wife Barbee, sister Pat Leslie, and children Morrie, Roy, Rand, Julie, and Becky Pigott and their mother, Joyce, step-children Terri Morgan, and Susan, Scott, and Shaun Tucker, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will held Monday, April 28, 11:00 a.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, reception to follow. Remembrances are suggested to the UW Foundation's SAFS scholarships, ESU scholar-ship fund or Boy Scouts of America.
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Published by The Seattle Times from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014.