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George Barnett Mcnelis ’52

Published in Apr. 5, 2006, issue

George died of a cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 20, 2005, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Born in Philadelphia, he entered Princeton from Episcopal Academy. At Princeton he was a basic engineering major, a discus thrower for the track team, a member of Cap and Gown, and an Army ROTC student.

Following Princeton, George served three years of active duty at several stateside proving grounds. He then returned to the Philadel-phia area where, after earning a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he had a highly successful lifelong career as an independent lawyer specializing in representing small businesses. He served on more than 20 mostly pro bono boards and boards of small corporations. His other pro bono work was extensive, ranging from churches to JFK's Philadelphia campaign to local community action associations and boards of elections.

In 1980 George married his beloved Jean. Commenting on her life with George, Jean spoke for all who knew him: "Our life together was great fun with his sociable ways, great sense of humor, and extraordinary intellect."

In addition to Jean, George is survived by a brother, John; a sister, Polly Myer; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. To them, the class extends deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1952

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