Murphy Funeral Homes


George Gabriel Noory

September 25, 1933April 21, 2021

George G. Noory was born and raised in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and his parents were immigrants from historic Mesopotamia (modern-day Mardin, Turkey). George graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1955, and he also attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

George retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve at the rank of Colonel in 1985, and most recently lectured on the history, religion, and politics of the Middle East. His military service, which began in 1955, included a tour of duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the early 1980's where he was Deputy Chief of the Middle East Division on the J-5. During his military career, George graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and is an alumnus of the National War College at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Col. Noory's civilian career included 30 years of service with the Federal Reserve Board, from which he also retired in 1985.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in George's memory be made out to Holy Transfiguration - Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 8501 Lewinsville Road, McLean, VA 22102;

Col. Noory will be laid to rest at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, VA. A link to the livestream of Col. Noory's services will be provided here when available:



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Kristine Probus

April 29, 2021

Dear John and Family, Prayers for your family at this time. May you have beautiful memories of your beloved George. Take care and God Bless. The Probus Family

Connie Halkovich

April 29, 2021

George and his brother Leon were good friends of Maria deSarno, and friends with Betty and Orrie Kohut, Maria Parrish and me. Many memories of happy times with George and Leon...dinners at officers clubs in the DC area, family gatherings, dinner at my home. They were devoted to their family--and close friends. Rest in peace dear friend George. Love and Blessings, Connie

Marc Kaouk

April 29, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. I’ll never forget how generous he was with his time when I visited him with my family in Washington. May he Rest In Peace.

Bassim Shoni

April 27, 2021

I met George in Washington DC back in the year 2005. He was a good friend to Bishop Joseph Younan (now the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church) who introduced him to me. George become a very good friend of mine. We always kept in touch and made numerous calls to each other throughout the years.

George meant a lot to me, a person with a good heart, generous, and always made time to make himself available to others. Even though I am a priest, he often encouraged me in my vocation to the Priesthood as well as explained to me the challenges and difficulties that I might face.

I have faith that George is now in Heaven looking down at me and praying.

My condolences to John, Jack, his mother and both their families.

I am united with you in prayer.

Richard Nyman

April 26, 2021

I graduated from Fitchburg High School (FHS) with George in 1951.
He was a great classmate and a good friend: Friendly, gracious and treated everyone with kindness and respect. Our class has held a reunion of its members every five years beginning in 1956. Having an opportunity to visit and talk with George on many of those occasions was something I always looked forward to. Very few of us had lived through the many types of experiences that were part and parcel of his life. Always friendly, warm and entertaining those were part of so many of the reunions we shared.
I extend my sincerest sympathies to his family.
REST IN PEACE my FRIEND. With love: Dick Nyman

Lisa Kaouk

April 26, 2021

My condolences to you and your family, John. I had just turned 10 when I met your father on our family trip from Montreal. That was more than 20 years ago now but I always remembered your dad when he graciously let my family stay with him during our visit and when he brought us around to see the Capitol and War memorial monuments. May he rest in peace and may you all find comfort in his memory.


April 24, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of George's recent passing. He was an active member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and was very helpful in suggesting interesting speakers for our monthly luncheon meetings at Patton Hall (formerly the Ft. Myer Officers Club). We've missed him as a regular attendee, but then COVID happened. We will always remember his kindness.
Diana Kupchella

Youssef Aboul-Enein

April 24, 2021

George was passionate about veterans and has inspired a generation of men and women in uniform. As an active duty Navy Commander, and fellow Industrial College of the Armed Forces Alumni, I was blessed to receive his support and encouragement for many years. He helped me be a better officer, enabled me to touch hundreds of other veterans through MOAA, and provided me enthusiastic support through four of my seven books on the Middle East and counter-terrorism. I shall miss our deep conversations about the Middle East at the Fort Myer Officer’s Club. George’s legacy lives on in our military community. CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, USN

Elizabeth Heffron

April 23, 2021

My love and prayers are with Everyone as we go through this very difficult time. May we find strength in the arms of our Blessed Mother. Liz Heffron

Janet Toukatly Ladd

April 23, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. May George Rest In Peace 💐