Born in 1945, George grew up back East, except for a few years in Iowa. He learned to hunt, fish and drive in Pennsylvania. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and later obtained a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts.

He and his wife moved from NJ to South Dakota in 1972, where they were the editors of BUFFALO !, the magazine of the National Buffalo Association. George also sold buffalo meat, hides and live breeding stock across the country.

He worked as a trainer at the Job Corps facility in Nemo, SD. He was also active in efforts to prevent uranium mining in the Black Hills, which are sacred ground to the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne. He was a co-founder of the Black Hills Alliance, composed of both Native and non-Native members.

In 1987, they moved back East, where he worked for the printing industry trade association as director of environmental, health and safety affairs. He later worked for consulting firms, then the state environmental department (Office of Technical Assistance and then for the US EPA.

They have lived in Lancaster since 1990, have two children and two grandchildren.