George AYERS

November 20, 1938November 1, 2018


Born on November 20, 1938 in Quincy, IL. Passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. A resident of FL since 2016 after more than 20 years in Arlington, VA. Received a B.S. from Western Illinois University and M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Devoted his professional career of more than 50 years to the pursuit of higher education and mentoring of others through teaching, administration, college and university presidencies, and his executive search and consulting firm, Ayers & Associates, Inc. Loved playing golf, traveling, reading, and discussing current events.

Survived by his wife, Carolyn Ayers; children, Deanne Ayers-Howard (LeRoy Howard), Danita Ayers, Darryl Ayers, and Margaret Cooper; a sister, Mary Jane Ayers; a brother, David Ayers; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers.

A memorial service will be held in the Palm Beach area in January 2019. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted at a later date for a scholarship fund in his name.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 3, 2018

George AYERS

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Norris Watson

November 13, 2018

George will forever be a man with purpose, he was one who achieved in the face of many obstacle. To the family be very proud of not only his accomplishments but the character of the man. I know I will. Rest In Paradise my friend. The Watson Family .

Todd Ayers

November 13, 2018

I wish you all,love and peace at this difficult time,,,,,,,

Gods blessings to you,

Dee Ayers

November 13, 2018

We are praying for you guys!!! We love you and thank God for the legacy Uncle George leaves us! He and daddy loved each other and it showed!

Mary jane Ayers

November 13, 2018

My brother will always be in our hearts forever.
He will be greatly missed by all of us .rest in paradise brother.
Gone but never forgotten

Darryl Ayers

November 7, 2018

My father will always be remembered as an esteemed thought leader in academia and higher education who touched and positively impacted the lives of so many. He was a devoted father who provided me with invaluable opportunities and experiences to position me to be successful professionally and personally. I will always remember and cherish the times we shared together traveling around the world, attending sporting and cultural events, and playing golf. May he rest in peace...

Nathalie (Nat) Hawkins

November 3, 2018

He was an inspiration to me. A great man who helped pave the road for the rest of us. I will truly miss him.