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Longtime Woodside volunteer George Offen dies

Original post made on Aug 6, 2018

As a volunteer for the town and community of Woodside, George Offen was a standout. He served 12 years on the local elementary school board and 20 years on committees associated with the town's response to environmental issues. Offen died at his home Sunday, Aug. 5.

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Comments (8)

Posted by Robert Hooper
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm

When I was a Woodside resident, I had the pleasure and honor of serving alongside George on the Woodside School Citizens Bond Oversight Committee from 2014-17. He was an incredible committee member often asking detailed questions that indicated not only his intelligence but his thorough review of all documents that were submitted to the committee. He was a solid caring member of the community that should serve as a model for all. I will miss our warm conversations and personal interactions. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

Posted by Tom Johnson
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 6, 2018 at 2:56 pm

I always think of George when I read this quote

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

George has changed all of us and our town for the better

I feel honored to have worked with him on so many town environmental issues. He was such a caring individual working hard for our community.

Always a twinkle in his eye and smile on his face.
He will be truly missed by all...

Posted by Revis James
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2018 at 4:50 pm

I had the privilege of working with George as a colleague during my 23 years at the Electric Power Research Institute. All of the compliments about George’s character and contributions could equally be applied to his professional career. George was a brilliant, highly effective researcher who made so many important contributions to reducing the environmental impact of electric power generation. He also was a great collaborator and colleague who inspired others with his insights and his work ethic. He left an indelible impact, and I will always remember him. - Sincerely, Revis James

Posted by Maggie Mah
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:52 pm

I became acquainted with George when we were both on The General Plan Update Task Force. In a room full of people with strong opinions, his was the quiet voice that stood out with kindness and gentle humor. He was uniquely able to sort through complex issues and find the common ground upon which we could all agree was a good place to stand.

A man of enormous integrity, George gave a great deal to this community with his caring intellect and also with his willingness to meet a problem first hand. Just one short year ago, I encountered George on the side of the road carrying a large black garbage bag and a hoe. He explained that he was out doing his part to eradicate a noxious weed called "Stinkwort." Although I'll do my best to carry on George's mission to rid the town of Stinkwort, I'll never look at that weed in quite the same way.

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 7, 2018 at 7:31 am

pogo is a registered user.

George was a good man and devoted to his family and community. He did so much and will be missed by many.

Posted by Jacqueline Rosati
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2018 at 8:52 am

George was one of the greatest colleagues with whom I've had the privilege to work. He was so knowledgeable and always took the time to educate me on the underlying scientific principles for his research without complaint. He was patient and generous with his time and knowledge sharing and was always an example of professionalism. I will always cherish the opportunity I had to work with him and the knowledge he shared with me about EPRI, working with engineers and the power industry. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and George's family to whom he was so devoted.

Posted by Ryan Romines
a resident of Woodside School
on Aug 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm

What a lovely article about a wonderful man. I have fond memories of George. I particularly remember the time he volunteered to tutor a few of us in high school calculus...kind, patient, caring and funny. My heartfelt condolences to Karen, Stephanie, Catherine and the town of Woodside.

Posted by Jill Gay
a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2018 at 12:16 pm

I know George Often through my family, who also escaped to Latin America and then to the US during WWII. I met George and Karen when they lived in the DC area, where I live and was so impressed by their kindness and knowledge.Best, Jill, daughter of Elisabeth and Joseph Gay, friends of George's mom, Ellie Offen

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