George Everett DeVilbiss
KENT â€” George Everett DeVilbiss, 94, a six-year resident of Kent and formerly of Falls Church, Va., died Jan. 19, 2010, at his daughterâ€™s home in Kent.
Mr. DeVilbiss was a U.S. Navy commander, last stationed with the Naval Ship System Command in Washington, D.C. After retiring from active duty he served as an electrical engineer at the Tudor Hill Laboratory in Bermuda.
Born March 12, 1915, in Pearsall, Texas, he was the son of the late Mae (Thompson) and Everett Embry DeVilbiss. On July 21, 1933, in Sinton, Texas, he married his beloved Frances Smith, who died Nov. 16, 1986.
At age 16 he entered Texas A & I University. In 1943 he attended Harvard University and he later taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1966, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and in 1970 a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in Washington, where he was elected to membership in Tau Beta Pi.
Commander DeVilbiss was a licensed amateur ham radio operator for almost 80 years. A member and trustee of the Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly known as SHHH, Inc., or Self Help for Hard of Hearing People), he received the Howard â€œRockyâ€ Stone Humanitarian Award in honor of its founder in 2006. Devoted to helping others, he invented many affordable devices for the hearing impaired.
He was a member of the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) Club in Kent.
A man of strong Christian faith, he served as a deacon for many churches across the country, was an elder at National City Christian Church in Washington, and was a parishioner of St. Andrewâ€™s Episcopal Church in Kent.
Commander DeVilbiss is survived by a son, Everett David DeVilbiss of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, George-Ann Gowan of Kent; five grandchildren, Jonathan DeVilbiss, Steven DeVilbiss, Donald Gowan III, Anna Gowan and Andrew Gowan.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by four sisters, Fay Baird, Ruth Cardwell, Dorothy Crumpton and Edith McCullum.
Graveside services and burial with military honors will take place on Friday, Jan. 29, at 9 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrewâ€™s Episcopal Church in Kent, the Rev. Roger White officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Andrewâ€™s Episcopal Church Capital Fund, 1 North Main St., Kent, CT 06757.
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