In Memory

George E "Pete" Linthicum - Class Of 1948

George E Pete Linthicum

George E. (Pete) Linthicum January 8, 1931 - October 8, 2007 - On the morning of October 8, George Linthicum passed away surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He is survived by one son, Thomas, of San Diego, California, and three daughters: Jennifer Shoaf of Seattle, Marianne Meeker of Federal Way, and Barbara Sidwell of Springfield, Oregon. He had four grandchildren, and his first great-granddaughter is soon to be born in Eugene, Oregon.

George came to the Tacoma area with his family in 1968 with Weyerhaeuser, and soon became its youngest vice president, heading the Consumer Products Division for many years. He was active in the Lakewood Racket Club for many years, serving as president and in other leadership roles. His love of tennis began as a child in California and, while attending Claremont Men's College (now, Claremont McKenna), he was dubbed "Judge of the tennis courts and King of the rackets" when he captained their team in 1951 and '52. After graduating, George served in Korea from 1953-54 in the Army's twenty-fifth infantry division, and on his return he married Bettie, his wife of 21 years. George's family would like to express their gratitude to George's doctors and their staffs for the care and compassion they showed during his illness and last days. Dr. W. Welby Cox and Dr. Gregg S. Ostergren of Multicare and Franciscan Hospice were all instrumental in providing both quality of life and quality of death for George, and we cannot sufficiently express our gratitude to all of them. 

The News Tribune, October 14, 2007