George T. Sinclair ’43

George T. Sinclair ’43 passed away peacefully in Newton, N.C., on July 4. George had a lifelong affinity for the arts. He enjoyed classical music, fine wine, painting, the study of language, and being surrounded by interesting and artistic people. Born Oct. 26, 1921, the son of Dr. Marshall Wray Sinclair and Kate Taylor Sinclair, he grew up in Bluefield, W.Va. He attended Davidson and Duke University and earned a liberal arts degree from the University of Illinois. During WWII, George served with the U.S. Army in the European and Pacific Theaters, where he spent much of his time in Tokyo as an interpreter and press analyst. After the war, he studied Chinese and classical music composition at Yale University. George spent nearly five years living in Paris, France, where he immersed himself in the study of theater and created a lifelong interest in the culinary arts. He lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., for almost 20 years, where he worked in the publishing and public relations industries. In later years, he worked with the N.C. School of the Arts, Western Piedmont Community College, AIDS Atlanta, Suzuki School of the Arts in Hickory, and most recently with the United Arts Council in Hickory. Even into his 80s, George had a passion for language and studied Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He considered himself a “broadly skilled human being” and he enjoyed being a citizen of the world. He was preceded in death by his life partner of 39 years, Daniel Guerin, and by his brother, Dr. Carter A. Sinclair. He is survived by nephews, John Sinclair, David Sinclair (Celia), Richard Sinclair (Barbara), Bob Sinclair (Carolyn); niece, Margaret Sinclair Sides (Michael); sister-in-law, Carol Sinclair; and by a number of grandnieces and grandnephews.