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George W. Mayo, Jr.

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Laconia, NH- George W. Mayo, Jr, 79, died Friday, June 20, 2003 at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

He was born in Laconia,NH the son of George and Olive (Chase) Mayo. He attended school in Laconia and graduated from the Severn School for Boys in Maryland. He achieved an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and upon graduation, with an engineering degree, was commissioned as an officer and served during World War II after which he extended his service as a submariner.

George served for ten years as a Special Agent for the FBI before returning to New England where he then took employment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology leading the development of the inertial guidance system for the Apollo Moon program in collaboration with NASA. Following this, Mr. Mayo was appointed Program Director for several U.S. Defense programs at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He was an avid lover of Lake Winnipesaukee and spent much time boating and organizing efforts to preserve the interior lands of Bear Island. George was a founding member of both the East Bear Island Association and the Bear Island Conservation Association. In addition to making a personal donation of Bear Island property to the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, he was also instrumental in obtaining agreement from the two aforementioned associations to make similar donations.

He enjoyed golf, bridge, billiards, home construction projects and especially boating on Lake Winnipesaukee.

George is survived by his three daughters, Amanda Blaisdell of East Sandwich, MA, Jennifer Mayo of Meredith, NH, Priscilla Sutcliffe of Westford, MA; two sons, George Mayo III of Amherst, NH, and Michael Mayo of Bow, NH; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Mayo, who died in 1981; by his brother, Gordon, and by his sister, Katherine.

A Calling Hour will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2003 from 9:00-10:00AM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH. A Memorial Service will follow at 10:00AM. A private interment will follow for family only.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, PO Box 1097, Meredith, NH 03253, the East Bear Island Association 21 Timmins Road, Bow, NH 03304 or the Bear Island Conservation Association, 21 Timmins Road, Bow, NH 03304.

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