George, who was born in Havana, the son of American diplomats, and was fortunate to have an international upbringing in Japan, Panama, Norway, Canada, England, Chile, Poland, and France before graduating from Princeton with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School, died April 11, 2010, in Antigua, Guatemala. His wife, Helga, and daughter Courtney were at his side.
George earned a master’s degree from the University of Strasbourg in 1954, joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a career officer, and assumed his first post as consul in Hamburg, Germany, where he met his future spouse, Helga von Levern Schroeder. Paris was his second post and the place where Christina Helena was born. The family proceeded to live in Washington, D.C., Stockholm, Dakar, and then Strasbourg, where second daughter Courtney Andrews was born.
George continued his diplomatic mission to Brussels at NATO followed by postings to Guatemala and Washington again. His meritorious diplomatic career culminated as U.S. ambassador to Mauritius. He then served successfully as director of Boston’s World Affairs Council before retiring and moving to Guatemala, the “Land of Eternal Spring.” We bid a fond farewell to our most peripatetic global diplomat.
In addition to his wife and daughters, George is survived by his son-in-law, Luke Slemeck, and a grandson, Sebastian.