|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1916|
|Death: ||Nov., 2010|
George M. Brewer was born on January 4, 1916 in Glazier, Hamphill County, Texas to Robert Edward and Blanche Palmer Brewer.
He graduated from high school in Dimmett, Texas and attended West Texas State Teacher's College in Canyon, Texas before accepting a position as clinic manager for a group of doctors in Pampa, Texas in 1937. This experience was a first step toward a career in hospital administration. In 1942 he joined the United States Navy and served two years aboard the USS ASSD-1 (Advanced Base Sectional Drydock, No.1), a ship repair facility and largest piece of floating equipment in the United States Navy during World War II, which was anchored during that period at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides in the South Pacific. After World War II, George resumed his education at the University of Colorado on the GI Bill where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1947. He earned a Master of Science degree in Hospital Administration at Northwestern University in 1957 and received an honorary Doctorate from McMurry College in Abeline, Texas in 1965.
George was the administrator of hospitals in Spearman, Texas, Portales, Los Alamos, and Albuquerque in New, Mexico and in Louisville, Kentucky prior to becoming President of Methodist Hospital, Lubbock, Texas in 1961 retiring from that position in 1986. He was a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a member of the New Mexico and Texas Hospital Associations. In 1979 he received the Earl M. Collier Award as a Distinguished Hospital Administrator from the Texas Hospital Association. He was also a member of the American Protestant Hospital Association, the United Association, the United Methodist Hospital Association, and the National Association of Health & Welfare Ministries.
Membership and active leadership in civic organizations during his career included Rotary Clubs of Portales, NM, Louisville, KY, and Lubbock, TX as well as West Texas Workshop and Counseling Services for the Blind, West Texas Health Planning Council, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and the Advisory Council for Vocational Education in Lubbock Public Schools.
Shortly after moving to Norman, Oklahoma in 1992 George participated in the Norman Chamber of Commerce Leadership Plus Program. He also served on United Way fund drives, the Chamber of Commerce's business and education committees, and the board of directors for Full Circle Senior Adult Day Center. He was a member of Norman Kiwanis Club and the Fellowship Class at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church.
George was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Emil Brewer Carmichael. He is survived by his niece, Diane Blank and her husband LeRoy of Norman, OK and a nephew, David Blank and family of St. Paul, NM.
Visitation will be held 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman, OK. Visitation will be held 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2010 and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, November 29, 2010 at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, November 29, 2010 at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas.
Memorial gifts may be made to Meals on Wheels of Norman, Inc., P. O. Box 1371, Norman, OK 73070 or Lubbock Meals on Wheels, 2304 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79411.
Online condolences may be made a www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
Resthaven Memorial Park
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Nov 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62210091