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GW Athletics Mourns the Passing of Lynn George

Lynn George (right)
Oct. 14, 2016

The George Washington Athletics Department mourns the passing of former GW student-athlete, professor and Director of Women's Athletics, Lynn George. The first woman to gain membership into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990, George passed away on October 1st at the age of 89.

"Lynn was a true pioneer," remembered GW Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Tanya Vogel. "She paved the way along with Mary Jo Warner for all of us women who have come after her to thrive in athletics at GW. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have had the athletic, academic, and professional opportunities I have had here at GW, and I'll forever be grateful to her."

Born and raised in Washington, DC and a product out of the District's Eastern High School, George starred in four sports as an undergraduate competing in basketball, softball, rifle and tennis, and later earned a Master's Degree from the university in 1952. In 1975, after serving for 24 years as a professor in the Department of Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies at the university, she was appointed Women's Athletic Director and served in that position until her retirement in 1987. Under her direction, women's athletics at George Washington grew from a small, locally-based program to one that consistently competed against prominent NCAA Division I schools.

To this day the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation bestows one of its highest honors to a student-athlete in George's name. The most outstanding female senior female student-athlete annually is given the Lynn George Award at the year-end senior ceremony.

Lyndale Roberta George was the wife of the late James F. George, and the couple is survived by their son, Robert, and two grandchildren in Bethesda.