George McAlmon died in El Paso, Texas, March 23, 2010, of a massive stroke. He was 84.
He entered Princeton at age 16 and earned his bachelor's degree from the Wooddrow Wilson School. He later attended the Universidad de Mexico and the University of Texas Law School. He was born in El Paso and began practicing law there in 1951. As a lawyer he became a crusader for workers’ rights with a strong social-justice agenda. His contributions include his legal work on behalf of minorities, garment workers, farm workers, and unions and the establishment of a scholarship that is awarded every Labor Day to send an El Paso student to college. He retired two years before his death following a serious illness.
George was recognized by the NAACP, the Hispanic Leadership Institute, the El Paso County Bar Association, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Black Democrats of El Paso, the Mexican-American Bar Association, and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, among others. On his death he received tributes from many former colleagues and friends for his humanitarian activities.
George is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Hondey McAlmon; children G. Alex McAlmon, John F. McAlmon, Lisa McAlmon Brown, and Ann McAlmon Zimmerman; three grandchildren; and a sister.