Obituary of George Metcalf Kingman
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George Metcalf Kingman, 81, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on Monday, Oct 17, 2011.
He was born on Dec. 25, 1929 to the late Brig. General Allen F. Kingman and Margaret G. Kingman in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. George graduated from High School in Washington, DC, and received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1955. George married Nancy Hughes of Washington, DC in 1954. They lived in Chicago, IL, and Washington, DC before relocating to Chapel Hill, NC in 1967.
George was a member of the 11th Airborne Division of the Army and was a Korean War veteran. He worked for NIH in Washington DC and NIEHS in the Research Triangle Park as the Executive Director of Planning in the executive office of the Institute. At NIH, he was Budget Officer. He then joined NIEHS as executive officer where he established and ran the first planning office. George was granted a Congressional Fellowship in 1976 and was integral in developing legislation for rate of inflation and cost of living increases for federal government employees.
George was a passionate advocate for the rights and protection of all people and this embodied his work and personal life. He gave to many charitable organizations and was active on the board of a day care facility in Durham. After retirement from the government, George was active with OLLI, (formerly DILR) at Duke University, where he taught, served as president, had many friendships, and in 1999 received the "Bill Wright Award" for distinguished service.
He is survived by: his wife, Nancy E Kingman of Chapel Hill; NC, his two children, Allen G. Kingman of Durham, NC, and Susan E. Kingman of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by: his grandchildren, Sarah Ferguson of Roswell, GA, and Aidan Allen Kim of Chicago, IL; and his godchildren, Bryan Lange of Wake Forest, NC and Greg Lange of Jamestown, NC.
George was a devoted father, dedicated husband, active friend, uncle and godfather. He loved travel, literature, food, and the arts, and was an avid conversationalist. He whistled when he walked, and lived and loved well.
Funeral services will be held at Walker's Funeral Home on Saturday, October 22, at 3:00 PM, with Pastor Robert Dunham of University Presbyterian Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive,
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3649 (919) 968-2777.
Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is assisting the Kingman family.