George M. Whitmyre, Jr.
November 23, 1945 - September 6, 2023
George M. Whitmyre, Jr., age 77, of Elkton, MD, a great friend, father, brother, husband, grandfather, and educator, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. An avid musician, machinist, entomologist, space enthusiast, ice dancer, sci-fi reader, and renaissance man, George embraced all that life had to offer.
Born on November 23, 1945 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late George M. and Dorothy (Enke) Whitmyre, Sr., George went on to graduate from the Pennsylvania State University. He then earned his master’s degree from the University of Delaware, where he worked for 41 years as a laboratory manager in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He had amazing skills, and, in retirement, continued to share his vast knowledge as a consultant on numerous important projects.
In addition to George’s professional accomplishments, he was also a dedicated musician who performed with several bands. One of his most unique contributions to the music industry was his application of hydroforming to create a steel pan drum in minutes, rather than weeks. He was a co-patent holder for this work.
George was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue. George was the proud father of his son, Andrew; daughter-in-law, Aya; and extended family, Buffy and Tom (Katie). He will be dearly missed by his brothers, David (Donna) and Gary (Jill); nieces and nephews, Brandon, Stacey (Ryan), and Emma (Nick); and his five grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 7:30 pm on Friday, September 22, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 7:30 pm. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to Peace Drums Project, 2200 Arch Street, Unit 915, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or by visiting https://www.peacedrumsproject.org or to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606 or online by clicking here.