George A. Vannah ’58 died on June 6, 2022, in Auburn, New Hampshire
(The following was provided by the Union Leader on June 21, 2022)
George A. Vannah of Auburn, 85, quietly passed away at home, in a comfortable chair, book in hand, on Monday, June 6. He was born in Boston on November 28, 1936, the son of George A. Vannah, Sr,. and Marie (Bennett) Vannah. His early years were spent in his beloved, pine-studded seaside hometown of Cushing, Maine.
A high school graduate of the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, George went on to collect a Grand Slam of scholastic degrees – a 1958 BA from Bowdoin College, a master’s from Trinity College, his PhD from UMass and a law degree from UConn. Before eventually becoming the head law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, NH, for many years George taught modern European history in private schools, including the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. Known far and wide for his great sense of humor and clever wit, he really connected with his students, who called him by his first name.
In addition to a voracious appetite for reading books of all sorts, George loved to travel and, after a trip to Munich in 1999, enrolled in a German class and mastered both the written and read language, while honing his German-speaking skills with his classmates, of whom he often spoke fondly. He will surely be missed by his Wednesday night Zoom group.
George is preceded in death by his wife of thirty years, Andrea D. Vannah. He is survived by his son, Tom Vannah, daughter-in-law, Betsy Strickland, and granddaughter, Charlotte Strickland-Vannah of Whately, MA; daughter, Liz Vannah of Cushing, ME; and his stepdaughter, Veronica Deere of West Hartford, CT.