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George Kinter

(Vermont & Queen's 1952) (7 December 1929 - 6 January 2019)

George was an exceptional student at Williams College where he received a BA in American History and Literature in 1952. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Queens College, Oxford University in England where he received a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in 1954. In 1954 George enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served as a map compiler in West Germany during the Korean War. He subsequently developed a keen appreciation for cartography. In 1957 he began his lifelong career as a civil servant, firstly as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State in Washington, DC. Before leaving for his first posting in Eritrea, he was introduced to the love of his life, Alice Wells. He proposed marriage on their second date and pushed along by his flooded basement, moved into her Georgetown townhouse. They were married for 56 years. Shortly after their daughter Sarah was born, they moved to Asmara, Eritrea, where their daughter Audrey was born. They were also posted to Milan, Italy and Nairobi, Kenya before they settled in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Their travels, often with their two daughters and subsequently with their families, and many friends, touched five continents, motivated by a love of adventure, cultural exploration, and ornithological pursuits.

Returning to Washington, DC. George continued to work for the State Department in African Affairs and on the Sinai Support Mission directing and writing about the U.S. peacekeeping mission in the Sinai desert from 1979-83. But he never forgot his calling to the environment. He worked for the UN, the OES, and UNEP, was involved in establishing International Tanker safety standards and response protocol to Ocean Dumping, and authored the Panama Canal Treaty's environmental commission. For a decade he worked for NOAA, coordinating and managing marine natural resource conservation and assessment, including Superfund emergency response to oil and chemical spills. He wrote the environmental-effects chapter on the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill report submitted to the President, and developed, coordinated, and strengthened environmental protective measures for offshore oil and gas lease sales.

Following his retirement, George found a new calling in his community of Chevy Chase, Maryland, serving on the Village Board from 1996-2006 and as Board President from 2005-06. He was also a member of the Tree Committee, and was a daily litter picker upper. He supported his wife's many interests; the Chevy Chase Historical Society, book groups, many parties, and travel adventures. While at home he loved perusing his large rare bird book collection. George and Alice spent their summers in Vermont, a welcome respite from Washington's heat. Their days were filled with dog walks and forays in search of wildflowers, ferns, and of course, birds. Their afternoons and evenings often found friends gathered on the porch, with George sitting in his favorite corner wicker perch.