received the Civil Engineer of the Year Award of the ASCE metropolitan section.
He was the first recipient of the Roebling Award of the ASCE, in recognition of outstanding contributions to construction in America.
For more than 50 years, George was active with the Grow Company in extensive tunneling work in New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere, specializing in heavy construction, shafts, and tunnels, notably those done using compressed air. He was progressively involved in the engineering, planning, design, cost estimating, and management aspects of construction of major public works projects involving billions of dollars and enormous public benefit.
Nonetheless, George was never satisfied with professional accomplishments and recognition alone. In 1980–1981 he was president of the General Contractors Association of New York City, and for many years he was chairman of the Tunnel Committee. He was deeply involved in industry-wide labor negotiations and in employer-employee relations, especially in connection with the Tunnel Workers Union, Local 147 Welfare Fund, and was chairman of the trustees of the Local 147 Retirement Fund for many years.
George became chairman of the New York Building Congress from 1982 to 1986 and was the driving force behind professionalizing the organization and hiring full-time executive staff. Most significantly, he guided efforts to expand the Building Congress’s reach beyond networking into public policy advocacy and research. Furthermore, George chaired the organization’s Council of Presidents for a number of years thereafter. He cared deeply about the industry as a whole and was a forceful advocate for industry-wide positions and activities. His efforts transformed the Building Congress into one of New York City’s most influential membership organizations.
Earlier in his career, George was chairman of the Contract Administration Committee of the ASCE Construction Division and was a member of the Publications Committee. He served for two years on the Contracting Practices Subcommittee of