George was also very active on the political front. He served on the Republican State Committee from 1974-1978; he was a delegate to the Republican State Convention several years in the 60s and 70s. At the national level, George was a delegate from Maine and a member of the Platform Committee at the Republican National Convention in 1976. And in 1982 George ran for the Maine State Senate.
In 1976, after 25 plus years as an MD in the Bangor area, and guided by his interest in the health and well being of young people, George closed his private practice and accepted a position at the University of Maine Cutler Health Center where he served for the next ten years. He started as an Assistant Director, then became Associate Director, and finally became the Director of the Center, a position he held from 1980-1986. During these years George and Adelle were strong supporters of many activities at the university including sports and the arts. In 1985 George began his many years of service on the Advisory Board of the Collins Center for the Arts. In 1986 George retired from the Health Center and from the practice of medicine, but he remained closely connected to medical and community affairs in Bangor and remained involved in activities at the university. George was a Trustee of the University of Maine from 1987-1998. Also after his retirement, George served on the Board of Directors for the Bangor Theological Seminary for several years starting in 1998.
In 1988 George’s beloved wife, Adelle, died. A year or so later, George began seeing Nancy Nolde, widow of Dr. John Nolde, a professor at the University of Maine. In earlier years George and Adelle and John and Nancy traveled in the same circle of friends within the University of Maine system and at their nearby summer cottages at Oak Point. A couple of years after the deaths of their respective spouses, the friendship between George and Nancy blossomed into love, and they were married in December of 1990. Nancy welcomed her new large family into her life and became affectionately called “Granncy” by the grandchildren.
George and Nancy took up residence in Orono where they were very actively involved in many aspects of life at the University of Maine. Both were devoted to the academic, cultural, and athletic activities at the university, including the Hudson Museum, the University of Maine Foundation, the Black Bear Scholarship Fund, and the Collins Center for the Arts. In the early years of their marriage they traveled a great deal, often to visit Wood family members who lived far and wide in the U.S. And they spent many summers at their cottage on the coast of Maine. In 2003 George and Nancy moved to the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono where they remained until their respective deathsNancy died in April of 2013.
George was predeceased by his first wife, Adelle; his second wife, Nancy; and his grandson, Tod Schuetz. George is survived by his six children and their families, Winifred “Wink” Schuetz and husband, Chuck, their daughter, Christine, and her husband, Chris Hobbs; Adelle “Dee” Gautschi and husband, David, their daughter, Heidi Gautschi, and her husband, Marc Dupont, and their daughter, Lola, and Dee and Dave’s other daughter, Lisa Gautschi; Katherine “Kate” Black and husband, Greg, and their daughter, Jenna; Beth Whitley and husband, Michael; George “Woody” Wood IV and wife, Holly, and their sons, Geordie and Tyler; and Janet Menser and husband, Mark, their son, Luke and his wife, Rachel, and their son, Sawyer, and Janet and Mark’s daughter, Michelle and her fiancé, Chris.
The Wood family would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful staff at Dirigo Pines Retirement Community. We especially appreciate their devotion and care of our father and Nancy during their time in Kenduskeag and for their ongoing love and dedicated attention to our father in the Arbor this last year. We would also like to give many thanks to the folks at New England Home Health and to the staff at New Hope Hospice for their care for our Dad.
A Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher, and the Rev. Joan Jordan Grant, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to a reception at the church following the service. Those who wish to remember George in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469; or to the Bangor Symphony, 891 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.