Leonard George Getschel III, a gemologist and Smyth Jewelers executive who managed its Ellicott City store, ended his life Oct. 19. The Lutherville resident was 37.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Leonard George "Buzz" Getschel Jr. and the former Laura Mech. He was the great-grandson of Albert Smyth, who founded the jewelry business in Baltimore in 1914.
Known as George, Mr. Getschel grew up on Edgevale Road in Roland Park and was an acolyte at Grace United Methodist Church. He was a 1996 graduate of St. Paul's School, where he played varsity lacrosse and soccer. He earned all-conference honors in soccer in his senior year.
"George grew up on this...