James Chris George
1932 - 2019
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JAMES CHRIS GEORGE
July 13, 1932 ˜ May 4, 2019


XJim George was born July 13, 1932 to Christ and Christina George.
XHe graduated from Vancouver High School and worked his way through the University of Portland by taking odd jobs after the early death of his father. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Business Administration. As a child, Jim dreamed about flying and seeing the world, never imagining he would join the U.S. Air Force and eventually visit six continents, over 50 countries and 49 states. He was commissioned into the Air Force after his college graduation and eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
XJim was selected in a national search as the Chief Investment Officer for the State of Oregon treasury in 1966, a position he held for 26 years. He pioneered Oregon PERS early investment into equity investments resulting in record earnings for the PERS fund growing assets from 200 million to over 15 billion during his management. He served on multiple boards including The Pension Fund Advisory Committee of the NYSE Board of Directors.
XHis true love was “cruising” with his wife Georgia and spending time with his seven beloved grandchildren. Watching them grow up was his greatest joy.
XJim was proud of his Greek Orthodox heritage. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral serving as Treasurer of the Parish Council for many years, and as Chairman of the Endowment Fund Board.
XJim’s life commitments: God, Family, Country.
XJim is survived by his wife of 58 years Georgia; his son Chris and his wife Lori George; daughter Dina and her husband Nick Khoury; daughter Nicole and husband Yader Gomez; and his seven grandchildren Julia, Christina, Georgina, Helena, Eliana, Kam and Eliseo; and sister Cathy Pangares.
Services are Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Cathedral. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Endowment Fund.
XPlease sign his guestbook @ www.columbian.com/obits


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Published in The Columbian on May 8, 2019.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
MAY
10
Service
11:00 AM
Holy Trinity Cathedral
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May 14, 2019
Mr. George
Know words can explain what kind of man and father you were to your family. You were the true definition of what a true father is and very proud and what you accomplished in life is so mind boggling credentials. What a role model for the world and the permanent stamp you left behind in our world thank you and we will see you up in heaven one day Mister George I love you and thank you so much thanks for being a part of my life.

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Johnny Hughes
May 8, 2019
I joined Jim @ Blyth & Co. in January 1964. He was the youngest broker previously hired & was a great role model. My thoughts are with Georgia & family, a great life lived & shared. Thank you Jim.
chuck putney
May 8, 2019
I send my condolences to Jim's family. Jim was my life long friend. I remember sitting by the hour with him at the Oyster Loaf, listening to the radio with country western singers while he worked the till. He was a wonderful person who enriched our lives. Thank you, Jim, for abiding with us for all these years.
Bill Dunn
May 7, 2019
It was always an honor to have met and known Jim and his wife Georgia. He was such a GOOD MAN.
Vernon perkins
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