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George P. Armstrong ’31

Published in Oct. 8, 1997, issue

George died May 17, 1997, at Vero Beach, Fla., and is survived by his wife, Jean. George was connected with the automobile business from the time of his graduation until he retired in 1973, except for the war years, when he was commanding officer of an ordnance company in North Africa, Italy, and southern France. He was awarded the Bronze Star and discharged with the rank of captain.

George was from a Princeton family, including his grandfather, father (also a professor at the Theological Seminary), brother James (later president of Middlebury College), and son William.

George and Jean cofounded the Center for the Arts at Vero Beach, an extraordinarily diverse and dynamic complex for renowned exhibits, art films, and a litany of classes. From its summer newsletter: "Master Citizen--George Armstrong. The Center for the Arts plays such a significant role in Vero Beach today there seems no way great enough to honor Armstrong." The street surrounding the Center in the city's park had already been named for him.

George's first two wives, Mary Alice and Mary Elizabeth, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Jean, children William, Alice Wood, Cheryl Young, David Ludvig, and Charlotte La Ferrara, brother James, and sister Jane Schroeder, to whom the class offers sympathy for its honored classmate.

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