George Vinall ’45

George Vinall ’45 died January 21, 2010, in Willow Street, Pa. He was born in Portland on May 21, 1921, and prepared for college at Deering High School and Holderness School. A member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, he left Bowdoin in 1943 and served as an ensign in the Naval Reserves during World War II.

He graduated from Bowdoin in 1947 but retained his affiliation with the Class of 1945. He was especially proud to continue his maternal family, the Archibald’s, tradition of attending Bowdoin. His friend and uncle, James Archibald ’34, served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Maine. He worked for E.I. DuPont de Nemours (later called DuPont) through 1983, and served as director of the Chesapeake Watershed Foundation. He was an avid sailor on both the West and East Coasts. Once retired, George and his wife Barbara traveled extensively worldwide, including trips to Antarctica, Australia, and Russia. They sailed their boat, Maniac, on the Intracoastal Waterway every year from their house on the Chesapeake Bay to and from Daytona Beach, FL. He was very supportive of his youngest son, George Jr., as he battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for eight years before dying in 2006. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of fifty-eight years; daughter Paige; sons Scott ’75 and Kent; and six grandchildren, Sarah, Melissa, Victoria, Emma, Audrey, and Adam Vinall. His brother, Philip Vinall, predeceased him in World War II.