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Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

3125 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX

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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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.

Tara Parks

January 7, 2020

I was at Duke Children’s today and reminiscing about Dr. George. He saved my son’s life in 1999 by performing two neurosurgeries back to back on him. My son was only 2 years old and we both fell in love with Dr. George! He was an amazing person! My son is now 22 years old, healthy and doing well. I will forever remember Dr. George for his care and compassion!

Phyllis Montoya

December 27, 2019

My deepest condolences to Dr. George’s family. He was truly a special man. He treated my daughter with the utmost kindness and respect while she was in his care and made a very scary time in our lives bearable. I will forever be grateful and I know He was welcomed home with arms wide open ❤️

Kristin Witte Hubbard

December 18, 2019

Our prayers go out to Dr. George's family during this difficult time. Dr. George was an absolute Godsend to our family. From the time we had our initial consult with him where he quietly and calmly explained in terms we could understand, that my daughter (1 y/o at the time) had a tethered cord and through our entire journey with him, he always took his time, knew how to calm this overly anxious mother and most importantly, took time to get to know my daughter. He performed my daughter's release when she was 2.5 yrs and then her re-tether release just this last March. My daughter and Dr. George shared a common love for sloths so before surgery, Kilyn was pretty nervous & being the empathetic loving man that he was he spent time with her in Pre-op talking about sloths sharing his knowledge and sloth encounters with her, which helped to calm my sweet girl's nerves and distract her from her surgery. When he met with us just after the surgery I saw a look I'd never seen before....he shared he was not hopeful that the surgery was successful and looked defeated. My overly anxious & worried self showed up and he calmly & quietly told me "lets just wait and see" and gave me a hug. Well since the surgery... we have seen huge improvement & decrease in her symptoms, which tells us the surgery was successful. Kilyn could not wait to share the good news with Dr. George and show him the pic of her dressed up in her Sloth Halloween costume at her next appointment... only she never had that chance because God needed him. When I shared the devastating news with Kilyn & as we were processing feelings she told me "mom he already knows..." and she is so right. Heaven sure gained a remarkable man. We were so blessed to be lead to him & ever so grateful for the Huge role he played in our lives. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed greatly! Sending all my love and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Natalie Davis

December 1, 2019

My husband and I were shocked to hear of Dr. George's passing. We had just talked about looking forward to our annual visit with him in two weeks.

Dr. George was a remarkable human. He came highly recommended in the medical community. I remember scheduling an appointment with the hospital and the dispatch personnel kindly shared that Dr. George successfully operated on his daughter and that we were in the best hands. It was true. Dr. George was able to alleviate fears, educate families, and provide loving care. He had a direct, but sensitive approach, gave hugs readily, and shared funny personal stories of his own family, which made a lasting impression. We will miss him. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Haley Watkins

November 29, 2019

Dr. Timothy George was the Best pediatric neurosurgeon in the World as far as we were concerned. My son had 3 surgeries with Dr. George over a decades time with him saving my son's life. My son was scheduled to have a surgery with Dr. George the week after Dr. George passed away. Dr. George's death has left us devastated and so sad for the community, his family, his wife Rosalind, his children, and his friends. Our prayers are extended to everyone who has lost Dr. George. We are thankful to have been blessed with Dr. George's brilliant mind, kind/ compassionate heart, dedication, and infallible surgical skill. Thank you Dr. George! You will live on in our lives forever!

Paul LaHaye

November 28, 2019

Tim was a great friend and Neurosurgical Colleague as well as a racing buddy. We met at Watkins Glen in New York a couple of years ago at an IMSA race and were on the same Team. We discovered our common vocation and recreational interests. What a great guy. I have been fortunate enough to meet his lovely wife and son and my wife has met him as well, all at racing venues at Daytona and Sebring in Florida.
I only learned of his untimely death the day before Thanksgiving, unfortunately too late for services.
It is a shock and a huge loss.
He will be missed by all - family, patients and in the racing paddock.
The next IMSA race is at Daytona in January. I will ask the Chaplain to say a prayer for he and his family at the driver's meeting.

Lori Richardson

November 25, 2019

Doctor was was one of a kind. Doctor George and Doctor Kelly made my son a whole new skull,and for them I will always be grateful. We have to have check ups yearly and it won't be the same without Doctor George. He was the most caring,loving,concerned. Words can not express how much we will miss his warm smiling face. His crown of glory will be incredible.
Lori and Joseph Richardson

Geralyn Benner

November 23, 2019

My heart hurts for the family of Dr. George. I knew him as my Grandson, Rylans surgeon. Dr. George took care of Rylan from 24 Weeks to present. He was the kindest most caring physician I have ever met. He always made me feel safe as we put Rylan in his care . He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.
In God’s Love
Geralyn And Don Benner and Rylan Harrer

rita regalado

November 23, 2019

We're so sorry for your loss! Dr George extracted a tumor from our grandson's, Joshua Escalona, skull and we'll be forever thankful to God and Dr George, as Josh remains cancer free. We'll continue to keep him and your family in our prayers. God bless you, as He has already blessed us by putting Dr George in our life. Much love and prayers, the Regalado family Richard, Rita and Greg

FROM THE FAMILY