George William Schlossnagle, Jr. passed away on April 21st, 2022, at peace and with his wife Sherry at his side at the age of 76. He remained positive and in good humor despite living with chronic pain as a Disabled Veteran and a Parkinson’s sufferer
George lived a life in service, starting with his civic leadership in high school and extending through a long career in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated in uniform as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy where he served as an Engineering Officer on the USS Warbler (MSC 206) during the Vietnam War and later as the Engineering Officer of the USS Norton Sound. He returned to Vanderbilt to earn his PhD in BioEnvironmenal Engineering and then transferred to the U.S. Air Force to continue his career. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel after 32 years of decorated military service, but was not yet done serving his country and would go on to hold roles at the Department of Energy and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.
George was a kind and devoted friend, and loved deeply the set of friends and loved ones made along his journey through life. Friends from Dundalk High School, where he was President of his class for three of four years, and elected Civitan Boy of the Year. Friends from his year as an American Field Service exchange student in Costa Rica, whom he loved as a second family until his passing.
George believed in giving back and continued his life in service through supporting a number of charities and being an active mentor throughout his career. He supported St. Judes, ChildFund (formerly Christian Childrens' Fund), a number of Native American schools, and the VFW, to name a few.
George met his wife Sherry as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt, and they remained devoted partners since. Their journey together spanned continents as he moved stations from Sasebo, Japan to Port Hueneme, CA and numerous postings on the east coast. In recent years they returned to Maryland to be close to family. George was very proud of his family and is survived by his wife Sherry, his brother Paul, his two sons George and Theo, and five grandchildren.
May his memory be a blessing.
To make a donation in memory of George William Schlossnagle, Jr. please visit K.I.N.D. (a UNICEF Project) or DAV.org (for disabled veterans)