George Warren Schuyler
March 8, 1935 – December 2, 2018
George W Schuyler, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died at Casey House Montgomery Hospice on December 2, 2018. He was 83. George’s death followed a heroic four-month effort to overcome aggressive lymphoma complicated by Parkinson’s disease. He died as he lived, at peace and surrounded by many of his loved ones.
George was a loving husband and father, also embraced by a broad community of friends and family. We relied on George for his kind heart and his unfailing eagerness to listen to all our stories, whether they were tragic or poignant, funny or sober. With his easy, mischievous, and contagious smile, George could find the humor in almost any situation. Yet he was capable of tremendous compassion and able to offer thoughtful counsel to anyone with the good fortune to be in his company, even when overwhelmed by his own work. He was steadfast: our calm in the storm, our warm place, our safe place.
George’s professional life demonstrated his commitment to service, scholarship, and teaching. After undergraduate studies at Yale University, George served for four years in the U.S. Marines, where he rose to the rank of Captain. Afterwards, he returned to the academy, pursuing graduate studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and, ultimately, earning his doctoral degree from Stanford University.
Focusing his teaching and research on Latin American history, George held numerous academic positions, including Director of the Ibero-American Studies Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook; Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas; Director of the International Education Center at St. Mary’s University in Halifax (Nova Scotia); and Chair of the History Department at the University of Central Arkansas. George authored numerous studies on development in Latin America, including Hunger in a Land of Plenty (1980) and Canada and Cuba: A New Policy for the 1990s (1994). George sought to bring a true understanding of the reality of Cuban and Venezuelan development through his experiences with organizations such as the Nova Scotia-Cuba Association and with Witness for Peace. As these credentials suggest, his passion for advancing social justice, by explicating the daily challenges of poverty and development faced by many Latin Americans, consistently animated his professional life.
Born in Syracuse, George loved to travel and lived in many places, including Canada where, during the late 1970s, George and Pat “went back to the land” (almost)—growing their own vegetables organically and maintaining a timber lot to stoke their wood stove through the long New Brunswick winters. George and Pat also lived on Long Island and in Halifax, Caracas, Fort Erie, and Conway (Arkansas) before beginning a very active retirement in Washington DC, living on Capitol Hill for eleven years. George and Pat traveled frequently—both nationally and internationally—relishing trips that often revolved around time with children and grandchildren. Over the last few years, George cheerfully plunged into an energetic quest to keep his Parkinson’s disease from interfering with his joy-filled life. In the process he made many new friends, especially those in his beloved Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s group.
We will miss George’s sense of calm. We will miss his sense of humor and his kindness. We will miss our many games of pinochle, and we will miss that mischievous smile, a constant especially when he was doing gelato “research.”
George is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Lawston Schuyler; children Ann Schuyler, John Schuyler, Sharon (Bob) Freeman & Lisa (Bill) Ruskowski-McGlone; and grandchildren, Ricky Jehan Noel, Jake Freeman, Luke Freeman, Allison McGlone & Maria McGlone. George is also survived by his sister, Harriet Pope of Syracuse, NY. He will be sorely missed by numerous nieces and nephews, whom he cherished. George was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Tobin, and a son, Tony Ruskowski, both of whom died in 2016.
Cremation is planned at The National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA which is part of the Murphy Funeral Homes, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA. The family has not planned a public memorial service but welcome those who knew George to share their memories and wishes for the family on the Murphy Funeral Home website.
In lieu of flowers, the family urges donations in his memory to any of the following organizations, whose work George valued:
Grassroots International, https://grassrootsonline.org
Planned Parenthood, https://www.plannedparenthood.org
Witness for Peace, http://witnessforpeace.org
George Warren Schuyler
December 20, 2018
I am so honored to have known George! I was lucky to have spent the last few thanksgivings with him and we always had fun! His witty remarks in games always brought a smile to everyone’s faces! He had a positive outlook on life and always knew how to bring a laugh to the group! My hear goes out to Pat and the family! George, you will be missed!
December 14, 2018
Pat, I'm so saddened to hear of George's death. We have many fond memories of your time here in Conway and George's dignified leadership of the history department at UCA. I wish you all the best, Ken
December 13, 2018
Dr. Schuyler was a very special person to me. Very easy person to talk to and to work with. I think of him often these past few years. Pat you and your family are in my prayers. RIP sweet man.
December 12, 2018
I had the honor and privilege of spending time with George for the past few Thanksgiving holidays, as well as other times he and Pat would come to visit Florida. I always looked forward to any visit that included George; his warmth, gracious heart, contagious smile, and compassion that exuded from him was an absolute pleasure to be around. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to spend time with him and I will always deeply cherish the memories I have of him. Sending all my love and strength to Pat and the rest of the family.
December 11, 2018
I had the opportunity to meet George a few times at Rock Steady Boxing and what everyone is saying is so true. His smile, his determination and the obvious love and support between him and Pat is altogether most inspiring. Thank you for letting me be a witness. My deepest condolences.
December 11, 2018
George srriving at rock steady boxing was a joy to see. He arrived smiling and tackled every exercise, no matter how difficult, with a smile. No one was more game. He was an inspiration for all of us. God speed.
December 9, 2018
I had the wonderful privilege of getting to know George (and his lovely bride Pat) through Rock Steady Boxing. George always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, even when some of the exercises were painful or challenging for him. He. Never. Quit. And he became so much stronger! He was, and always will be, an inspiration to those of us he exercised with. The man took up boxing at age 82, for heaven's sake!! Rest in peace, dear George. We will miss you. Pat, your love and care for George were an inspiration as well. Please come visit us sometime. You're always family.
December 9, 2018
Oh Pat I am so sorry to hear this- but I am comforted with knowing that he is at peace now. 44 years- you two are an inspiration! Please stay in touch- and if you ever are able to stop in a class please do- we are on Tyco Rd now in Tysons M, W, F 1:30-3:00 (Tysons City Boxing Gym) I would love to see you- will you be staying in your new place in MD?
I was so touched by George’s obituary- never knew half of that but yet considered you both such good friends. No surprise to learn that he was so well educated and travelled. I especially liked these passages:
With his easy, mischievous, and contagious smile, George could find the humor in almost any situation Over the last few years, George cheerfully plunged into an energetic quest to keep his Parkinson’s disease from interfering with his joy-filled life. In the process he made many new friends, especially those in his beloved Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s group.
And of course, I love the charities selected for donation :-). I will never forget his smile- and neither will the rest of the RSB family. You both made such an impact on us and I am truly grateful to have known George. I do hope that we will connect again sometime. Until then- don’t stop thinking about tomorrow- one more time for George….https://animoto.com/play/z9mqU1KfKvjODAPultG6vw
Hugs and Best Wishes,
December 8, 2018
One of the sweetest, smartest and wittiest men I've ever met!
Wonderful memories of visits in D.C. and St. Augustine.
Much love to Pat and all family members.
December 8, 2018
Hello again Pat,
Its me again. I just thought I should add here the poem "chickadee" I sent to you earlier about a lovely time we all spent together:
the one I saw
and named wasn't the same one
named by George
But we all thought it was
And he demurred
happy to accept the name
so confidently stated
Because it let us share again
with one word
of the fact
of us being there
in the sunlight
with the touch of
tiny foot pairs
on our out stretched
December 8, 2018
Every time I enjoy a deliciously naughty desert I think of George
His eyes, his smile...makes it more delightful
You two - Such a beautiful union.....no closing...no exclusion....you loved and you shared your love....your intelligence ....-your capacity to love and include
and so you spread it.....The knowledge and the joy of family connection
What a wealth...to have that...what a wonderful thing to share....and what a tremendous
grief...... to feel it cut short.....It is so hard to believe....but so important to feel...that somehow a connection continues
.....so broken heartedly lonely...for you Pat to be without him...
but what you have had and shared ....that is there ...how beautiful.....
December 6, 2018
Pat, wish I could have come home to give you a hug today. I'm glad George is no longer in pain but geez are we going to miss him. This is just such a devastating loss. As my mom would say, George was a true mensch! He was so charming and thoughtful and smart, a lovely human and a truly great man. I'm so grateful to have had him in my life and gotten to know the two of you better since my parents moved to DC long ago. George was always so sweet and sincere and happy to see me with that big smile on his face -- every time I close my eyes and think of George the past few days, all I can see is that big, goofy smile (captured perfectly in the obit photo, I might add! look at that face!). It is a memory that I'll cherish forever. Sending lots of love to you and the rest of the family, hope to see you soon and share more George memories. Love - Anna Schneider