December 6, 1926 – June 29, 2019
George John Cvejanovich, Sr., 92, passed away peacefully on June 29, 2019, with family by his side. A first-rate member of the "greatest generation," he was born on December 6, 1926, to John and Olga (Miladinovich) Cvejanovich in Chicago, Illinois. George grew up in the back of his father's barber shop in South Chicago and graduated from Bowen High School in January 1944 having been prophetically voted "Most Likely to Succeed." After a short stint in the Navy towards the end of WWII, as a yeoman, he discharged himself and set up his own GI Bill. With his "GI Bill in one hand and a slide rule in the other," he ran over to register at the University of Illinois, where he graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, George began a career that steered him on a life course that he could have never imagined. He was hired by Lago Oil & Transport Company (a wholly-owned Exxon affiliate) in Aruba, where he worked for most of his 30-year career. It was in Aruba that he met and married the "love of my life,” Ruth Mundinger of Baton Rouge, in 1951 and where they raised their four sons. In the early years of his employment, Lago sent him to the Harvard School of Public Health, where he earned his Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene in June 1953, just weeks after his second and third sons--a set of twins--were born.
After retiring from Lago in 1979, George and Ruth relocated to Austin, Texas. Within two years, he started a new career as a university professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania teaching courses in Industrial Hygiene. Always a lifelong learner, this led him to challenge himself further, and in 1989, at the age of 63, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Subsequently, he was sought after as a consultant and expert witness in the Industrial Hygiene field.
George was a true Renaissance man who could speak knowledgeably about any topic (except maybe rock music). He spoke and read several languages; he was a fascinating storyteller; he coauthored a patent; he collected stamps as well as coins; over the course of his life, he travelled to over 150 countries; he was an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; he published numerous articles; he had an exceptional memory, and he had a great sense of humor. While living in Aruba, he was responsible for directing and starring in many lively and entertaining amateur theatrical productions over the years. In addition to his work as the Industrial Hygienist at the Lago refinery, he is remembered as a popular math teacher for the middle school children at the company school.
His accomplishments were many, but no aspect of his impressive life was more important to him than the family that he and Ruth created. His sons were his pride and joy, and he cherished the time he was able to spend with them and their own families.
George was predeceased by his wife Ruth (Mundinger), the mother of his four sons, and his second wife, Sunny (Mingus), as well as his son, John Adam Cvejanovich. His grieving survivors include his brother John of Chicago; three sons: George (Sue) of Miami Shores, Florida; Robert of Alexandria, Virginia; and Ken (Monica) of Kingwood, Texas. "GrandGeorge" also leaves eight adoring grandchildren: Martin (Lindsay) of Guam; Brian (Stephanie) of Wylie, Texas; Tiffyn of Alexandria, Virginia; Michael (Katie) of Wylie, Texas; Ellen (Dennis) Madarang of Miami Shores, Florida; Jed of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Robby of East Hartford, Connecticut; and Amanda of Colorado. Three great grandchildren also survive him. Additionally, he leaves other extended family members as well as hundreds of friends of all ages from all walks of life all over the world who will always think of him as family.
There will be no viewing; however, a "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date when his ashes will be interred at Roselawn Cemetery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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July 9, 2019
George was such a joy to know. I loved to hear his stories of his latest world travels. His smile was infectious!
July 8, 2019
Live at Watercrest and had the privilege to know George. When he was able I went to the Lunch group with George. He was a very interesting person with his vast experiencies in his life. He loved the birthday his family arranged for him a few years past.
He was so proud of his family and spoke of them.
May he rest in peace.
July 7, 2019
I attended a meeting on Mine Health and Safety in Perth Australia. I remember George’s arrival as he rode the train from Sydney to Perth. He really enjoyed himself when he stopped over in the Gold Mining Town of Kalgoorlie . We had a great time at the meeting and became friends because of his generous sharing nature.
One of his sons (?) came to Morgantown to design a new facility for NIOSH - George and I discussed his family connection to Morgantown and NIOSH. RIP George
July 7, 2019
George was a very special friend to me and to my late husband Doug. The times we shared at the YPSW or national AIHA meetings were always joyous and memorable. George was a remarkable gentleman and I will miss his smile and friendship. Blessings on all of you. Anna
July 5, 2019
I met George and Sunny many years ago in San Diego at the Yuma Pacific Southwest section of the AIHA. That year I was program director sitting in for my bother Jim. George and Sunny and I hit it off immediately. We stayed in contact via the internet for decades. George was, indeed, a Renaissance Man in it's truest sense. In addition, he was a good friend. My condolences to the family of a truly gracious person and a friend.
July 4, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of GrandGeorge,our condolences to the family.What an extraordinary life this man lived.George and i were cousins, his mom and my mom Beatrice were sisters. I didn't know him well but we talked on Facebook over the last few years.I was so impressed by his knowledge and accomplishments and wished i had the chance to know him better. RIP GrandGeorge.
July 3, 2019
This saddens my heart deeply, I had plans to visit Mr.Cvejanovich soon when George was supposed to come to Texas and visit. But I should have just gone to visit him myself. He only live a short ways from my own home. He will be very missed. I truly had some wonderful memories with him. May he be Dancing up in she sky with Jesus. I love you Mr.Cvejanovich!
July 2, 2019
Our sincere condolences. George was a great man and well loved. We remember him so fondly and have such great memories of his 90th birthday party!
Wishing his family peace. - Rob and Linda
July 2, 2019
My deepest sympathies to George's close and extended family. He surely will be missed. I recall many hours spent at the Cvejanovich house. George and Ruth were never far away, but never hovering. There was an atmosphere of curiosity and learning that was infectious. The largest collection of National Geographic magazines I had ever seen. Other magazines too. When George & family built (had built?) the large apiary, it instantly became a neighborhood attraction. Always stocked with interesting & unusual birds. Given the short walk from my house, I was a frequent visitor. When it came time for the inevitable move, The Cvejanovich family was the one I missed the most.
John Cvejanovich Jr
July 1, 2019
To George Jr, Robert, & Ken
I wish to express my deepest sympathy and heart felt condolences at your loss
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families 🙏
Your Dad and my Dear Brother led an extraordinary life
His memory will be cherished by me as long as I live
Rest In Peace George