From The Bulletin of the American Iris Society No. 219(October 1975): George A. Galer, of Portland, Oregon, was in his third year as RVP of Region 13 when he died May 22, 1975, at the age of 54. Although he had been plagued by various physical problems for years, including a heart attack in October of 1974, his death was attributed to a stroke. George saw duty with the U. S. Navy during World War II, and was awarded several medals in recognition of his services. Following his military discharge, he was employed by a steamship company before going to work for the Port of Portland as a Container Data Co-ordinator, the position he held at the time of his passing. An avid gardener, interested in all growing things, George became a victim of the "iris virus" in 1959 and his favorite flower became important to him in almost all phases of his busy life. He enjoyed just growing them for several years, then began to hybridize in 1965.
His first introductions debuted in 1972. Included in his collections of antique china, glass, etc. are many items bearing the iris motif. He found much pleasure in his affiliation with other gardeners and spent a great deal of time and energy promoting iris. George has served Region 13 as Secretary and Assistant RVP before moving into the RVP post. He had also handled the herculean task of Secretary-Treasurer for the Committee that put on the 1972 National A.I.S. Convention. His many efforts on behalf of the Greater Portland Iris Society included the offices of Secretary and President. George had also been a member of the Mens Garden Clubs of America, and served the Portland Chapter as Secretary, Vice President and President, as well as National Delegate.
George Galer was survived by only a few close relatives, but his friends are legion. Surely all of our lives have been brightened by knowing him. Those members in attendance at the Region 13 Spring meeting, held just two days after George's death, voted unanimously to send $100.00 to the A.I.S. Foundation in his memory. — Roberta L. Snell, Washington
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