GEORGE WILLIAM MINER II (1944-1986)
It is with the utmost sadness that we report the death of our good friend and classmate,
George Miner, of natural causes, July 23, 1986.
George was a lifelong resident of Washington, D.C., and came to Princeton as valedictorian
of Gonzaga College High School. While at the University he majored in electrical
engineering, managed the fencing team, and roomed with fellow Gonzagan Owen Mathieu
and later with Dave Richardson, Bob Warwick, and Jon Holman. He ate at Tower
Club, where his engineering education was put to practical use and his zest for life was
After Princeton, George worked for several years as an educator, first at Gonzaga and
then as vice principal at a school for disadvantaged children in Baltimore. He also
completed his Ph.D. work in ocean acoustics, and subsequently joined the Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Laboratory, where he became a leading expert in oceanographic research
on behalf of the U.S. Navy.
George was a rare man: a student of life, a deep thinker, a writer, a generous spirit, and
a loving brother, friend and son. As an undergraduate he was the only engineer accepted
into the highly competitive Creative Writing Program. It was nothing for George to drop
everything and fly cross country for an occasion, and he was sorely disappointed when
a typhoon grounded his plane overseas and kept him from our 20th reunion.
The entire class extend its condolences to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Miner of
Washington, D.C.; and to his sisters and brother, Charlotte, Grace, Cindy and William
’72. A memorial scholarship in George’s name has been established at Gonzaga College
High School. (PAW, December 10, 1986)