OBITUARY

Dr. Timothy "Tim" Merrill George

October 17, 1960November 10, 2019

On Sunday, November 10, 2019 Dr. Timothy (Tim) Merrill George, a true servant of God, faithfully served his family and community as a caring physician, devoted husband to Rosalind, loving father to Timothy Jr. (TJ) and Kevin, beloved family member and steadfast friend, was called home to be with God.

Tim George was the youngest of three children born to Carey and Gracie George on October 17,1960 in Brooklyn, New York. Tim’s determination and perseverance was demonstrated at the early age of four when he watched an open heart surgery on television and stated then he wanted to be a surgeon. Tim was always the calm, cool and collected adolescent and made lifelong friends in the process. He was a camp counselor for kids with disabilities where his compassion to help children developed. Tim spent many hours of his childhood with his father working alongside him as an apprentice plumber while honing his sharp eyes and steady hand. He also loved spending time fishing with his Dad. He attended Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, New York where he not only excelled scholastically but athletically as the point guard of the championship varsity basketball team, developing a lifelong love of the sport.

His fondest moments were marrying his soul mate, being a father, the birth of TJ and having his parents see him graduate from med-school. Beginning with his preschool friend, Lori, he developed lifelong friendships, and these devoted friends became like family.

His passion for life was displayed through his love for basketball, DeeJaying, being a sports car enthusiast, traveling with his son to international car shows, and ultimately a race car driver...but he could not sing.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University where in his spare time, with his close friends, he formed TIMARI and began Deejaying around New York City before attending NYU for medical school. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Yale University. After completing his neurological surgery training at Yale University, Dr. George achieved additional subspecialty training in pediatric neurosurgery at Northwestern University.

In 1996 he moved to North Carolina, married his wife, began his family and started his career in academic neurosurgery as faculty at Duke University where he advanced to the rank of Associate Professor Tenure. He quickly established a busy practice in which he concentrated on children with congenital abnormalities and tumors. Dr. George was a master technician and a compassionate physician. His patients and their families absolutely loved him. He was an engaging and animated teacher with a large following among the residents and medical students. Dr. George gave back to the community and regularly mentored high school students with an interest in medicine.

He subsequently moved to Austin, Texas where he was instrumental in establishing an academic neurosurgery program. Dr. George provided expert neurosurgical care for a large number of children and families, and tirelessly worked to develop programs and teams at Dell Children’s Medical Center to advance neurosurgical care for all children in our community.

Tim George was a professor for the Department of Neurology and the medical director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center of Central Texas at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Tim was a nationally known innovator and pioneer in the care of children with birth defects and brain tumors. His passion for young people continued in his advocacy and mentoring of underrepresented future medical professionals. He was a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, the Austin Black Physicians Association and other scientific societies and organizations. Recent areas of research included genomics and surgical outcomes of Chiari malformation, cranial nerve stimulation for pediatric epilepsy, genomics of neural tube defects, and molecular and cellular mechanisms and abnormal development of the spinal cord.

Tim George was a passionate and accomplished race car driver. He was one of the most popular drivers on the IMSA paddock, having competed in the likes of the Mazda Prototype Challenge, FARA, and IMSA lights series. Tim competed nationally with the Sports Car Club of America and achieved podium finishes in both his Mazda MX5 racecar and his Pro Formula Mazda. His success and passion for the sport earned him his FIA International Competition License to compete with the International Motorsports Association in his first prototype racecar, the Elan DP02. He competed successfully as a pro driver at Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen in New York, Homestead Raceway in Florida and at Sebring International Raceway as well as many other raceways across the country.

Tim’s life was about serving his family, his patients, his community, and his sole purpose in doing anything was to always do for others. He built a foundation of love for his family with inspiration, encouragement, and by being their rock. His integrity, guidance, and determination to always do the right thing with love and care, will be carried forward through the generations he touched personally and professionally.

Dr. Timothy George is preceded in death by his parents Carey and Gracie George. Tim leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Rosalind, sons Timothy (TJ) Jr. and Kevin, his sister Sharon Cancel, brothers Carey George, Jr, and J. Douglas Wiley, one grandson Christian, four sisters-in-law, three brothers-in law, four nieces, nine nephews, two lifelong friends Lori Griffith, Tanya Davis-Coates, and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.

Tim George has been quoted as saying to a patient, “This is going to be like going on the world's longest roller coaster ride and you may not always see me, but I'm going to have a seat on that ride with you and I'm not getting off.”

His family, friends and all those who love him are holding these words close as we celebrate Tim’s life and legacy.

Please join us to celebrate the life of Dr. Timothy (Tim) George Sr. at a Viewing Friday, November 22, 2019 from 6pm-8pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home’s Lamar location and a Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2pm at Austin Ridge Bible Church’s Bee Cave Campus. A reception will immediately follow the service at Austin Ridge Bible Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dr. Timothy George Scholarship Fund for MCAT Preparation at the Austin Black Physicians Association or the charity of your choice. Donations can be made online at https://aubpa.memberclicks.net/ index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=26878#/.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 23, 2019

Memories

Dr. Timothy "Tim" Merrill George

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Katie Phelps

May 12, 2021

This is a year and some too late but I had to add. In 2002, Dr. George led the way in an experimental surgery that would end up saving my life at 9 years old. The gratitude, appreciation and love I have for this man is immeasurable. I owe him my life and I give my most sincere condolences to his family.

Erica Bernard

February 13, 2021

Dr. George saved my daughter's life in 2000 at Duke University Medical Center. I fondly remember him praying with me and my dad before my daughter's surgery. He told me the dust would settle after while and it did. Such a caring awesome man of God!

Salma Vela

November 10, 2020

Today marks a year without you and I still cry over you like everything happened yesterday, words can’t explain how I felt when I got the told you were gone ,god broke my heart to prove he only takes the best💔I know your next to me at all times watching over me n I thank you for everything you did for me,hard working hands out to rest and peace forever and always in my heart and mind I love you my Guardian angel hope you filled with many blessings and light up there

Salma Vela

November 10, 2020

Today marks a year without you and I still cry over you like everything happened yesterday, hard working hands at rest and peace, words can’t explain how I felt when I got told you were gone ,god broke my heart to prove he only takes the best💔I know your next to me at all times watching over me n I thank you for everything you did for me,you are forever and always on my mind and in my heart, hope you are filled with blessings and Lots of light up there I love you my guardian angel.❤️❤️

Kimberly Boggs

September 30, 2020

My condolences go out to all that had the pleasure of knowing Dr. George. My son was life flighted to Duke on October 25, 2002, at the age of 1 year and 15 days. Dr. George was called in to preform emergency surgery to save my son’s life. Dr. George preformed a miraculous Craniotomy. His hands were blessed with Gods grace! My son is now 18 and is in college. We saw Dr. George for about 5 years after the initial surgery. He was such a delight. On one visit we had with him, he mentioned that he had always wanted to Tap Dance. My profession was a Tap Dancer. The very next visit, we brought Dr. George a new pair of Tap shoes. I hope he was able to take a class or two! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We will see you in Heaven one day!

M Marberry

August 31, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about dr George ! What a servants heart - Let me share a story I had a 17 girl headed to school a 91 yr old man pulled out in fromt of her , she knew he was elderly and over corrected and hit a hi line and 2 post in ground in Camry car blown both doors completely in and spinal fluid was leaking out both ears when we got there , she had no insurance coverage , she suffered months 7 months in fact - someone told me about dr George she has post traumatic brain problems — Dr George looked at her for free !! Several times !!! Yes he treats pedi - but he had seen her kind of injury and knew who to send us to she had brain surgery 2 in 25 days and now is a mom with2 children and owned her own company —- thank you Dr George for being Gods servant !! What a doctor !! See you in heaven sir !!

Robin Burns Saunders

April 9, 2020

Timmy George was my cousin Anthony Noel’s classmate at Columbia University in New York. My son, now a junior in high school, is considering a career in medicine and I was looking online to see what the people who were pre med in college are doing today. I was of course shocked to find out that Timmy had passed away. I remember him fondly as one of my cousin’s basketball crew! My condolences to his family.

Scott Silvestry

April 2, 2020

I knew Dr George a little. I was very sad to hear of his passing. He was a role model in so many ways. Despite the stereotypes of a neurosurgeon, he was always kind to me when I was a young resident at Duke. We all knew about his Porsche Boxster. He was so proud in a good way. Left his keys in his white coat and we fantasized about joyriding in his pride and joy while he operated. What began with talking to him about the car and getting to know him a little bit, gave me hope about becoming an attending, about caring for patients, and about being decent. I was very saddened to hear of his passing but glad to hear that he kept his passion for cars and pushing boundaries his whole life.

Isabel Obregon

March 10, 2020

Dr. George changed my life completely on March 4, 2008, my surgery was very risky I could have lost my voice and sight but I had lots of Faith in him, but we both said everything is going to come out alright and he said I’m on the rollercoaster with you, but my heart saden the day I heard he had passed away such a great caring doctor always worried about his patients, but only God knows why he called him home, but I know the doors of Heaven were wide open for all the great miracles he did to me and many other children, my prayers go out to his family, Thank you so much Dr. George RIP🙏🏽

Anna Wrenn

February 1, 2020

I loved Dr. George, I was always happy to go to Duke to see him. He did my revision surgery on my shunt. He was so funny when he walked in the room...I remember my last hospital visit when he was the dr at duke, my last day in the hospital he said "Anna your going home!". I will always remember him...prayers for his family, friends and colleagues.

FROM THE FAMILY