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George August, J.D.

George August, J.D., died at the age of 92 Monday evening, August 2, following a heart attack. He was born in Illinois on January 12, 1918 of parents who immigrated to the United States from Astro-Hungary, and grew up in Whittier, California. His academic and professional achievements were stellar, including an extensive career in Petroleum Engineering after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley College of Mining in 1941. He also received a degree from Harvard University in Industrial Administration in 1942; a master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1952; and a law degree with distinction from Pacific Coast University, graduating first in his class in 1972. He worked extensively in the Middle East and retired as a Principal Engineer from the Long Beach Harbor Department in 1953. He was a multi-talented individual, an avid reader and life-long learner, believing it was never too late to learn and grow. He believed in education, was a civil rights advocate and ardent peace activist. He was a liberal before it was stylish, and he could always be found involved in the on-going struggle for human dignity and peace. He was a philanthropist who supported many humanitarian causes and made significant contributions to the community and the pursuit of human rights.