Lexington, Virginia • September 20, 2010
Granvil George, a senior at Washington and Lee University, died on Monday, Sept. 20. He had been fighting cancer for the past several months.
"He made a positive difference at W&L, not only because of his high academic achievements but also because of his outstanding character," said Dawn Watkins, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "His classmates, his professors and everyone who knew him here will miss him very much. On their behalf and mine, I send my condolences to his parents, Dawn and Keith George."
George was from Charleston, W.Va., and graduated from George Washington High School there. At W&L, he was a double major in philosophy and neuroscience. A University Scholar, he was W&L's exchange student for 2009-2010 at University College, Oxford. A member of the 2009 Ethics Bowl Exhibition Team, he also belonged to Phi Eta Sigma (first-year honorary society) and Phi Beta Kappa (academic honorary society) and was on the honor roll and dean's list. George also tutored for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and belonged to the Generals' Christian Fellowship and the Reformed University Fellowship. He was a pianist and an avid Frisbee player.
George had worked in the W&L mail room, and during the 2008-2009 year served as a resident adviser in Davis Hall. He would have been an adviser this year had he not been ill.
The funeral will be Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the Forks of Coal Baptist Church in Alum Creek, W.Va.
A campus celebration of his life will be Friday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall. The officiants will be the Rev. John Talley, of the Reformed University Fellowship, and Campus Minister Kevin Watkins, of the Generals Christian Fellowship. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to make donations in Granvil's memory may direct them to the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, P.O. Box 660245, Indianapolis, IN 46266-0245. The checks should be payable to IUF/Hematology-Oncology Gift Account and indicate "in memory of Granvil George" on the memo line.