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Obituary: George F. Page '34

George Franklin Page died peacefully from complications of old age in Denver on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at the age of 101, just 11 days short of his 102nd birthday. George was born December 18th, 1909 in Baltimore, MD, the son of Charles and Mable Garish Page. Charles was an MIT graduate in the college of engineering. Both parents were descendant from a long line of New Englanders. The family, including his brother, John, and sisters, Martha and Betty, moved to Evanston, Illinois when George was pre-school age and he grew up and spent most of his life there. He graduated from Antioch College in 1934 with a BA degree. In 1938 he married Inga Gerup, who had immigrated to the U.S. at age 8 from Moss, Norway.  During WW II, George served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Fort Skyler, New York, where he taught navigation. After the war he, Inga and their daughter, Barbara, moved back to Evanston. George spent most of his post war career as a sporting goods buyer for Sears at their Chicago headquarters. In his late 40's he began sailing on Lake Michigan as a hobby and eventually became world champion in his class and served as Commodore of the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in Wilmette, IL. When he retired from Sears, at age 63, he took flying lessons and received his single engine pilot's license. George and Inga moved to Littleton, Colorado in 1986 to be nearer their daughter, and grandson. After Inga's death in 1988, George moved to the Heritage Club in Denver where he lived until his death. Until earlier this year, he still drove the 33 miles to Boulder to spend time with his daughter and grandson. He continued to be busy and active with friends from his Ken-Caryl "Fabulous Fifties" group and his many friends at the Heritage Club of Denver. He lived independently, used the internet daily and contributed to his church. When asked what his secret to longevity was, he usually shrugged and said "Just good genes, I guess." He was a true gentleman right up to the end, thanking his nurses and doctors for their help and concerned about his family's health and comfort. George is survived by his daughter, Barbara Lamm and grandson, Joshua Lamm, both of Boulder, CO. A Memorial Service for George will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 13th at the Wellshire Presbyterian Church at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd in Denver, with a reception at the church immediately following the service