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George B. Oliver

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Date published: 2/16/2014

George B. Oliver

George Brown Oliver, 87, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Oliver attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and Duke University. He served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy during World War II.

Mr. Oliver was the former Isaac N. Vaughan Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College. He taught history at the college for 42 years, retiring in 1992.

Mr. Oliver was involved in many civic and academic organizations throughout his long career, including the Friends of the Rappahannock Library, Fredericksburg Host Lions Club, and the Virginia Humanities Conference, among others.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and sang in the choir for many years. He served on various committees in the Diocese of Virginia, including the Executive Committee, the Commission on Ministry and the Commission on Christian Education in the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Oliver is survived by two daughters, Mary O. Fromyer and Elizabeth Byrd Wood; his stepmother, Lucy A. Oliver; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia Oliver, in 2007.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Trinity Episcopal Church. A reception will be held following the service in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Music Ministry at Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or to Randolph-Macon College, Advancement Office, Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005.