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George H. Gardner ’31 *61

Published in July 6, 1994, issue

GEORGE HENRY GARDNER DIED Feb. 20, 1994. He was 84. Born in Colorado, he prepared at Mercersburg. After Princeton, he got a divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1935.

George led a productive life, spreading his talents among many countries and fields. He was an administrator of the American Farm School in Salonika, Greece, and had to escape when the Germans invaded in 1941. After WWII, he worked for U.N.R.R.A. and the U.S. relief mission in Greece and Italy, then taught sociology at the American Univ. in Cairo. Later, he was director of the American Red Cross.

After earning a Ph.D. at Princeton in 1961, George became chairman of the sociology department at Alfred Univ. in New York. His firsthand experience in the Middle East helped him to write articles on the region and to coauthor a book, ARAB SOCIALISM, in 1969. He retired in 1974, but continued as adjunct professor at the Univ. of Utah. He also found time for travel, mountain climbing, gardening, and kayaking.

Surviving him are two sons, John and James; two daughters, Lucy O'Conner and Cynthia Bishop; I I grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; two brothers, John '33 and Fentress '37; and a sister, Ethel. George's father '01 was the first student pastor and later taught in Beirut. An uncle, Calvin Fentress, was also in the Class of 1901. George's classmates extend sincere sympathy to the entire family.

The Class of 1931

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