The campus community mourns the passing of George Jenks, who died on Friday, July 13. George worked in L&IT for 24 years before retiring in 1991.
Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family.
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On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to George’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman
George M. Jenks, 89, died July 13, 2018, in Lewisburg, after succumbing to cancer. He was born in Purcell, Okla., Aug. 1, 1929, son of Darrell C. and Muriel D. Jenks.
George learned the trade of Linotype operator at the Purcell Register, which served him well, working his way through college. He earned a BA, MA and MLS from the University of Oklahoma. George served in the Marine Corps as an enlisted man in the 5th Marines. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in the battle of the Chinese spring offensive in 1953. After his discharge he moved to Merida, Yucatan, for several months.
George then returned to the U.S., where he attended graduate school at UCLA, where he met his future wife, Zoya Hochstein. He was briefly in the CIA, and taught Spanish and French at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces for a year. He was a librarian at the Queens Borough Library in New York City, and spent three years as a librarian at California State University, Northridge. George was also Acting University Librarian at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He returned to the U.S. in 1966 to serve as University Librarian of Bucknell University, from where he retired.
George was predeceased by his son, Darrell; and his sister, Elizabeth.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Zoya; his sons, Mark, and family, of Seattle, Wash.; and Andrew, and family, of Fullerton, Calif.; his daughter-in-law, Thelma, Darrell’s widow, and family of Baltimore, Md.; and his cat, Figaro.
George was a tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a lifelong Democrat and devout atheist.