In 1948, a young George K. Schweitzer boarded a train – Ph.D. in hand and his eyes on a job in a new doctoral program in chemistry at a small University nestled in the hills of East Tennessee.
Sixty-five years later, Schweitzer stands as perhaps one of the longest serving faculty members in UT’s history. Along the way, two things have become clear: he has left an indelible mark on the University and community, and he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
When asked about his vision for the future, George shows the exuberance of a man for whom retirement is an entirely foreign concept.
“I’ll continue doing my research, loving it, teaching the kids and trying to drag a few more of them – even unwillingly – into the joy of learning, into some research, to get them involved,” he said. “As a University, we’ll keep doing what we do best.”
George was married to his wife, Verna, until her death in 2000. He has three children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.