George T. Myrick, a retired hospital director of personnel and model railroad fan, died Wednesday of pneumonia at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. He was 85.
The son of a Bendix Radio Corp. worker and a homemaker, George Thompson Myrick was born in Philadelphia and moved to Homeland when his father went to work at Bendix.
He attended St. Paul's School for two years and graduated in 1945 from Friends School. After leaving Friends, he enlisted in the Navy and served until 1946.
Mr. Myrick enrolled at Swarthmore College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1950. While he was at Swarthmore, he met and fell in love with his college sweetheart, the former Barbara Manthei, whom he married in 1952.
Mr. Myrick moved to Baltimore in 1951 when he went to work as personnel director at the Frieze Instrument Division of the Bendix Corp. on Taylor Avenue in Hillendale.
He left there in 1967 and became personnel director at Good Samaritan Hospital.
"He was the fourth person hired. There wasn't even a hospital when he went there. They hadn't broken ground yet," said Mrs. Myrick.
He retired from the Northeast Baltimore hospital in 1983.
The couple lived for 30 years on Stanmore Road in Rodgers Forge, until moving to Chestertown in 1985.
He had been a longtime Kelly Post lacrosse coach and had also coached in the Maryland Midget Lacrosse League.
"He moved to Chestertown in 1985, where he enjoyed caring for his piece of earth in the Land of Pleasant Living," said his son, Tom Myrick of Charlotte, N.C.
In addition to following Hopkins lacrosse, Mr. Myrick was an HO-gauge model railroader who enjoyed building and operating several layouts.
"We have pictures of George when he was 10 or 11, on the floor watching electric trains go around under the Christmas tree, so I guess you could say it was a lifelong hobby for him," said Mrs. Myrick.
Funeral services are private.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Myrick is survived by a daughter, Kathy Myrick of Durango, Colo.; five granddaughters; and a great-grandson.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun