George Emerson Quaile ’48 died on May 10, 2009, in Savannah, Georgia, of cancer and heart failure.
He was born on January 12, 1928, in Lakeville, Conn., and prepared for college at Salisbury School. He entered Bowdoin at the age of 16, a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and joined the Navy at 17. He served with the Hospital Corps in China in World War II, then graduated from Bowdoin in 1949. During the Korean War, he served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. He earned a master’s degree in forestry at the University of Michigan and practiced forestry for a while with his brother-in- law before joining West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company and managing forestlands up and down the East Coast. At 40, he took over management of the Eastern Fine Paper and Pulp Division of Standard Packaging Corporation in northern Maine. He left that job to pursue a doctorate at the University of Georgia in Athens, but was hired away by Atlantic Creosoting Co. Inc. He later founded a company that dredged industrial settlement ponds. His last venture before fully retiring was making teak outdoor furniture. A member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 40 years, he served on vestries and as a Sunday school teacher, lay reader, and Eucharistic Minister. He spent many nights supervising homeless shelters in Savannah, and at the end of his life tutored people of all ages in math and reading. He dined with a dictionary, encyclopedia, and slide rule on the table to aid in the arguments he believed he had won. He is survived by Will Theus Hawkins Quaile, his wife of 56 years; a sister, Eleanor Legg; two sons, Emerson B. Quaile and Charlton T. Quaile; two daughters, Charlotte M. Quaile and Anne T. Quaile; an “adopted daughter,” Eleanor Titus; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Louise Buyce and Elizabeth Clement.