Krueger Obituary

Publish Date: Thursday, September 30, 2004 – Bangor Daily News


CAMBRIDGE – George Corwin Krueger, 81, passed away Sept. 26, 2004, at a Bangor healthcare facility with his family at his side. Born in the state of Washington, he received an AB degree in Mathematics from Reed College in 1945, and a Ph.D. in physics from Brown University in 1951. After receiving his Ph.D., George joined the faculty at the University of Maine, Orono, where he diligently instructed students in a career spanning 47 years. His professional interests included optics and atmospheric physics. He was a member of the American Physical Society, Experimental Aircraft Association, Optical Society of America, Sigma Xi, and a founding member of the student chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma. In addition to his academic interests, George also was an avid airplane pilot; flying was an interest shared with family members. During the summers from 1960 to 1963 he was the chief scientist for a U.S. Army Signal Corp project, to study fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field, at Baxter State Park in Maine. From 1965 to 1966 he served as deputy chief scientist at Kirkland Air Force Base. His technical expertise, his vibrant personality, his refreshing sense of humor, and his joyful appreciation of life inspired his students, his friends, his colleagues, and his family. George is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Ann of Cambridge; his daughter, Beth, currently residing in Westby, Mont.; his son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Lynn and their children, Kristen, Jessica, Patrick, and Brendan of Glenburn; two brothers, Jim Krueger of LaConner, Wash., Dave Krueger of Douglas, Alaska; two sisters, Jean Gustafson of Billings, Mont. and Amelia Krueger of Seattle, Wash. A remembrance gathering of his family and friends will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Bennett Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Room 137. Contributions in the memory of George may be sent to The University of Maine, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 120 Bennett Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5709. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor.