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Dr. Henry L George III of Watertown New York passed away on Monday April 9, 2018 at the Summit Nursing Home. Dr. George was a practicing pediatrician in Watertown for over 40 years.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown.
Born in Boston Massachusetts, April 25th, 1931 to Dr. H. Louis George, Jr and Ethelwyn Gabb George. He moved with his parents to Watertown in 1936 when Dr. Louis George joined the practice of his brother Dr. Wendell George and his uncle Dr. George VanDoren.
Henry graduated from Watertown High School in 1948, Hamilton College in 1952, and Queens University School of Medicine in 1958. He trained in Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital in Boston, MA July 1958 – June 1960.
He served as the Base Pediatrician at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada from 1960 to 1962. He returned to Boston City Hospital, Boston MA to complete his pediatric residency. On July 1, 1963, Henry joined his father in the practice of pediatrics in Watertown, where he practiced until his retirement. He was Chairman of the Pediatrics Departments at both Mercy Hospital and the House of Good Samaritan and as President of Mercy Hospital staff.
At the State University of New York, Health Science Center Syracuse, he was an Attending in the Pediatric Outpatient Department and served as a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics for 20 years. In 1992, he received the President’s Award for Voluntary Faculty Service.
He was married to Janet Lamb Johnston on June 2nd 1956. A devoted husband and father, Henry and Jan had four children, Thomas George of New York City, Mary Alice Wistman of Boston, Douglas George (Ann) of Oxford, MI, and Sally Boulter (Rob) of Baltimore.
Henry was a lifetime member of Crescent Yacht Club, starting at age of 8 attending Jr. Division sailing program, which spurred a life time love of sailing and racing, especially his beloved boat Marbles. He served on the Board of Directors at the Yacht Club and was Commodore 1988-1989. In addition to sailing, he enjoyed woodworking, cross country skiing, and biking.
Other community service included serving on the Board of Directors of Jefferson County Historical Society, The Volunteer Transportation Center and the Vestry of Trinity Church.
In addition to his wife and children, Henry is survived by his brother William George (Elizabeth) of Waynesboro PA, seven grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
In recent years his favorite thing was to drive around Chaumont Bay and look at the Lake. On one such drive, he recalled sailing down the lee side of Cherry Island.
His son Tom wrote,
That Dad, whose life’s arc was perhaps carved from the center point of Chaumont Bay in spans of time, distance, and generations, can recall “sailing down the lee side of Cherry” while his mind is at dusk, I find particularly poignant.
For me, imagining him car bound and shore bound staring out at the water and into his life, sailing down the lee side of Cherry represents that place in life where everything is as it should be. We should all be out of the wind and facing the sun.
When we look at a life lived and realize how little time was spent on the lee side of Cherry we can understand how precious and fleeting it is. These places of peace become something to strive for both external and internal. I imagine this striving for peace as way of life like the Navajo phrase “to walk in beauty”. We should all be so lucky as to steer our little boats there.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 am Saturday April 21st at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St. Watertown, NY, with the Reverend Barb Schmitz, officiant and the Very Reverend Robert Boulter will preach.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northern New York Community Foundation 131 Washington St or the charity of your choice.
Northern New York Community Foundation
131 Washington St, Watertown NY 13601