Robley Evans George
September 28, 1931 – January 28, 2021
Once there was an economist, engineer, author,
scribbler, songwriter, poet, Hoosier, Californian, jazz fan, curmudgeon, comedian, sailor, runner, bicyclist, swimmer, body surfer, rower, triathlete, race organizer, dog tolerator, dog lover, cat tolerator, cat lover, ice cream zealot,
margarita enthusiast, rum connoisseur, pessimist,
optimist, pacifist, idealist, Berkeley BS, Purdue MS,
gentleman named Robley Evans George, an extraordinary life he did forge.
Rob lived more than 60 years in the Great South Bay, alongside the people, places and things he loved the most. In or at the edge of the Pacific Ocean - on a sailboat, the occasional surfboard, swimming and bodysurfing, or running with the sand under his feet, is where he found the most joy. When not outside, he could most often be found at his trusty oak
roll-top desk, where he would not only create delicate pieces of shell art and beautiful, complex
mobiles, but also where he spent days, years, and decades crafting articles, manuscripts and volumes of correspondence in service of his life's work attempting to do one simple, but not easy, thing: improve the quality of life and reduce the suffering of the entire population of "Spaceship Earth," as he fondly referred to our planet. His books, Common Sense II and Socioeconomic Democracy, offer rationales and a blueprint for an alternative economic system toward this worthy global goal.
Rob cherished the women in his life, who all loved him dearly. They include his wife Loretta
Sparks, daughters Heather George (Scott Valor), Holly George, Heidi George, granddaughter Ayanna Thompson, and former wife Joan Kay George-Herzberg. His memory will forever be cared for by his family, including grandson Trey Adams, nephews Mike George (Denise) and Steve George (Suzan
Stinson Brooks), as well as his bonus (step) family, CJ de Villar, Janine Bozeman (Scott) and Zach Bozeman (Tina Marie), Tyler Bozeman and Carly Bozeman.
Rob is no doubt currently enjoying a sail and sunset with his brother and sister-in-law, Leo and
Rita George, and sister Marilyn Raikes, as they preceded him in passing.
We will all miss you dearly. May you always feel the deep oceans of love surrounding you.
A celebration of Rob's life is planned late September 2021.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Apr. 1, 2021.