George died June 8, 2016, after a courageous 14-month battle with leukemia.
George came to Princeton from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn. His passion for civil rights and social justice continued at Princeton, where he was active in the anti-apartheid movement in addition to many other worthy causes. Jeffery Park ’79 said, “George was a principled and articulate activist at Princeton. I was proud that our class included someone of his ethics and leadership talents.”
After graduating summa cum laude, George worked for Ralph Nader ’55. He earned a law degree from Harvard Law School and then served as a law clerk in Memphis before moving to San Francisco, where he was special assistant to the San Francisco city attorney. He was later a partner in O’Melveny and Myers and became a top intellectual-property litigator, advising companies such as Apple and Tesla. Known for his impeccable preparation and courtroom eloquence, George volunteered countless hours to those in need. He was a passionate runner, participating in numerous long-distance races. Above all, he was a cherished friend to many.
George is survived by siblings Peggy and John and several nieces and nephews. The class extends its sincere condolences to George’s family and many friends.