Obituary: George David Corey – Portland Press Herald


George David Corey

PORTLAND – George David Corey, an enigma to even those that knew and cherished him, handed surprisingly peacefully within the early hours of Saturday, Could 28, 2022 surrounded by his daughter and a few of the many healthcare employees who turned their household at Maine Medical Middle, the place he was a resident for the previous two-plus years of his life as he valiantly fought in opposition to ALS. His beaming smile, quirkiness, brilliance, incorrigibility and cussed righteousness are dearly missed however not forgotten.

George was born in Lawrence, Mass. and raised in Nashua, N.H. Early and infrequently all through his life, he pushed the boundaries, constructing rockets he would launch in open fields and taking aside nearly all the things in his home to then work out the best way to put it again collectively. George met his former spouse after they had been each in graduate faculty at Boston College, ordering one cup of espresso after one other on the restaurant she labored at so as to have the ability to spend just a bit extra time along with her earlier than lastly working up the braveness to ask her out. Whereas their marriage didn’t final ceaselessly, his love of espresso persevered. Even when he may not drink it orally, he had healthcare employees give him espresso by way of his feeding tube, a lot to the chagrin of the GI docs!

After getting too many legislation levels, George labored at a myriad of legislation companies, simply lengthy sufficient for them to understand he had bother with authority. He provided his (not all the time requested) authorized and technical experience to a number of startup enterprises within the Boston space, particularly within the biotech discipline, due to his enthusiasm for technological innovation and the processes of turning concepts into helpful merchandise. He was concerned within the banking associated facets of severing diplomatic ties with Iran within the wake of the revolution and hostage disaster. One among his favourite tales was of rescuing categorised diplomatic signed agreements from a pub after the British liaisons he was working with left their attaché case there, allegedly.

Collectively, George and his then spouse raised their daughter in Newton, Mass. A doting father, George performed tennis along with his daughter, coached her in taking part in chess till she was ok to beat the older boys throughout their annual holidays on Cape Cod, did an excessive amount of of her homework within the identify of perfection and confirmed her the best way to use a pc within the early Nineties, striving to boost an empowered and unbiased younger lady.

George discovered himself in Maine for love and appeared on the South Portland political scene amid an issue surrounding an outsized propane terminal accepted for Rigby Yard. He indefatigably researched the intricacies of federal preemption for regulating railroads below the Commerce Clause and dropped at bear his formal coaching as each a chemist and an legal professional to assist the grassroots neighborhood opposition to the mission. His strategizing and, at instances unsolicited, recommendation confronted opposition from those that could have been skeptical {that a} citizen may emerge from obscurity and provide such depth of authorized and technical perception. However that effort was profitable and proved incorrect the aphorism that “you possibly can’t struggle Metropolis Corridor.”

He continued his political engagement whereas hospitalized at Maine Medical Middle. From his ICU mattress when he was initially admitted in November 2019, he inspired the nurses at Maine Medical Middle to unionize and was elated to be taught that they had been doing simply that. One of many first questions George requested when he was contemplating being positioned on a ventilator was: will I make it to the 2020 presidential election? The physician couldn’t give him a definitive reply, however George willed it into actuality. He was capable of vote through absentee poll in that election in addition to subsequent ones. If CNN or MSNBC weren’t on in his room, you knew one thing was up. Though progressive, he loved participating in conversations with workers alongside the political spectrum, they usually had been oftentimes gracious sufficient to debate with him the happenings of the day.

Notoriously late all through his life, George sadly postpone looking for healthcare and was identified with ALS in January 2020, when his illness had already progressed. In February 2020, he needed to be placed on a ventilator. His daughter joked with him that he acquired in early on the ventilators pre-pandemic, after they turned, sadly, in wanting provide. He survived the pandemic with out ever getting COVID and was one of many first sufferers within the hospital to get absolutely immunized, then boosted twice. Even within the final weeks of his life, he was advocating to get his fifth shot. Together with his daughter’s vigilant assist, they warded off ever having to tango with COVID in his hospital room.

All through his life, George was referred to as “the loophole artist,” turning most each “no” right into a “sure” by way of fast wit and allure, though he couldn’t loophole his approach out of ALS. Maine Medical Middle turned his dwelling out of necessity, and the bedside healthcare employees there made it the very best it might be. There are too few placements for people who find themselves long-term trached and vented, particularly these labeled “tough” as he had been (which was correct, at instances in the absolute best approach), who wouldn’t have the sources to stay at dwelling. All of us should work in the direction of a world the place everybody has entry to wonderful and free healthcare and that values individuals with disabilities and ensures that they can stay their fullest lives on their phrases.

By way of the ability of persuasion and persistence, he ate lengthy after he was trached and vented, in opposition to medical recommendation. It was one of many many fights he had and gained with the hospital. He didn’t choose and select battles all through his life, he fought all of the battles, all the time. Meals was one among his love languages, whether or not it was making elaborate breakfasts for his daughter earlier than faculty or wowing his companion’s household with Lebanese dishes. A few of his favorites throughout his hospital keep had been extra easy: broccoli, rooster parm, hummus, McDonald’s fish fillet, olives and feta, insisting that all the things be drenched in lemon juice earlier than partaking, and lemon Jello. Meals together with time along with his daughter and family members contributed to him selecting to stay for so long as he did.

Later in life, he absolutely embraced his romantic facet, writing poems, quick tales and screenplays. He had a love of language and significantly appreciated humor and political statements within the writings of others.

He’s survived by his daughter, Rachel Rose Hills Corey, who could be very a lot made in his mould and dearly misses her strolling (after which bedridden) encyclopedia (aka dad); his former spouse, Patricia “Ciael” Elizabeth Hills; his companion, Sharan Townsend; his sister, Jean Gottesman; his nephews Eric Gottesman, Marc Gottesman and Michael Gottesman; and plenty of mates and foes.

He was predeceased by his dad and mom Rose M. (Ganem) Corey and Arthur C. Corey.

An inventor, lifelong learner and professional researcher, George continued to do analysis lengthy after being admitted to the hospital, which is how he discovered concerning the ALS analysis Dr. Avindra Nath and his workforce are doing on the NIH. Dr. Nath and his workforce have been extremely beneficiant of their effort and time to incorporate him in analysis, and his mind and tissue have been donated to Dr. Nath’s lab for analysis on ALS.

A memorial service might be held on the Seaside Inexperienced on SMCC’s campus in South Portland overlooking Willard Seaside, a spot he very a lot loved, on what would have been his 73 ½ birthday, Thursday, June 23, 5 to six p.m. In case of rain, the memorial might be within the all faiths chapel, additionally on SMCC’s campus. Please put on a masks, Rachel will insist upon it. It is going to be a spot to share tales, poems, songs, corny dad jokes that he would have gotten a kick out of, and so on. that remind you of George. Come as you’re.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be made in reminiscence of George Corey to the Nationwide Institute of Well being Neurological Issues and Stroke Middle (NINDS) with a letter stating that the cash is for use to assist ALS analysis efforts in Dr. Nath’s lab at NINDS. The website for info on donations to the NINDS is Donations and letters must be despatched to:


Monetary Administration Department

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Bethesda, MD 20824

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