The department lost its father
The department will never be the same without George around.
He was a big man with sincere optimism and he cared deeply for Rutgers. Regardless of how crummy he felt the past few years he was always the first one to take on the tasks that improved the health and direction of the department. He attended the meetings no one wanted to attend because he knew that his presence somehow made a difference. And it always did. He made the incredible credible because he knew it would one day make Rutgers a more hospitable place to work and learn.
I learned from George that every student has learning in them and that it is our responsibility as educators to help them find it - anything less and we aren't doing our jobs. Over the years of observing George in action I learned about believing that the right things would eventually come to fruition given enough tenacity and elbow grease. Tenacity was his middle name.
I will miss being able to sit down in his big leather Rutgers chair (his gift from Rutgers for FIFTY YEARS of service) and bouncing ideas off of him. His perspective was golden. I guess nothing lasts forever.
We'll miss you George and hope you are finally getting the rest you've earned. Close