Principal - 1925
Superintendent 1926 - 1968
From the 1925 Yearbook as Principal
From the 1926 Yearbook as Superintendent
MAY 9, 1900 - OCTOBER 29, 1979
Published in the Osawatomie Graphic, November 8, 1979:
George A. York, Sr., an educator for 46 years, of 528 12th St., Osawatomie, died October 29 in the Miami County Hospital, Paola, after an extended illness. Services for Mr. York, who served as superintendent in the Osawatomie school system for 43 years, were held Thursday in the Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home.
He was the son of Albert and Lola Sweet York and he was born May 9, 1900 in Pineville, MO. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1922 and accepted his first teaching position in Rocky Comfort, MO. He became associated with the Osawatomie school system in 1924 as principal of the high school. In 1925, he became superintendent and continued in this capacity until he retired in 1968, a period of 43 years. At that time, it was the longest tenure for a superintendent at one location on record in the United States.
Following his retirement, he worked for the State of Kansas at the Osawatomie State Hospital as a consultant in the adolescence unit for about 10 years.
He married Marjorie Patterson May 29 , 1926 in Kansas City, MO. They were parents of four children.
Mr. York was a member of the United Methodist Church; a charter member of the Rotary Club of Osawatomie; a member of the national Retired Teachers Association; a life member of the National Education Association; and a former member of both the Kansas and National Association of School Administrators.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a son, James York; one brother; and one sister.
Among the survivors are his son, George A. York, Jr., Springfield, IL; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Roberts, Overland Park, and Mrs. Martha Carmichael, Nevada, MO; a sister, Mrs. Lora Lee Hunt, Olathe; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Gene Riley conducted the services. Mrs. John Dollar was the organist. Pallbearers were Ernest L. Swenson, Carl Dudley, William Lewis, Jeff Young, Roy Johnson and Roy Houseman. Burial was in the Osawatomie Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in his name with the American Cancer Society.