George C. Samson was born in McGee’s Mills, PA, on January 8th, 1923, and died of natural causes on December 5, 2020 in Lady Lake, Florida.
George graduated Valedictorian in 1939 from a Pittsburgh PA high school. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, surviving enemy attacks and being shipwrecked. After the war, he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (1948-1949) from Carnegie Institute of Technology. He moved to NY to work for Sperry Rand Unisys Corporation as a research engineer in Aerospace defense. During his years with Sperry, he worked on many projects that were prominent in our nation’s defense, including: over-the-horizon aircraft detection radar systems; missile launch systems; and in the Reagan Administration Star Wars program. He was granted a number of patents. He traveled extensively through, often to the Pentagon and to domestic and foreign military bases, and christened a naval ship. He was passionate about gardening, his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers™, enjoyed classical music, gourmet food, and was a voracious reader. He relished is role in retirement as a docent at the Long Island Carriage Museum, where he was recognized for 20 years of “Exemplary Volunteer Service.”
He lived in the Village of Head-of-the-Harbor on the North Shore of Long Island for 55 years, then moved to Raleigh NC for 12 years, and moved again to Lady Lake in December, 2018.
He was predeceased in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Rose M. (Terebessy) Samson, his younger brother, John Semensow of Oceanside CA, and his younger sister Nellie Verbanick, of Pittsburgh, PA. He is survived by his daughter Mary Margaret Elmayan of Lady Lake, FL, his son, Paul Samson, of Savannah, Georgia, his granddaughters Amy Elmayan of Orlando, FL, and Ann Marie Elmayan of Charlotte, NC, and many nieces and nephews.