Samuel Knox George III, 76, an explorer from Ruxton who found the last rookery of the extinct great auk, died Wednesday at Hilton Head Hospital in Hilton Head, S.C.
Mr. George, who was living on Hilton Head, fell off a ladder outside his home two months ago. He died without regaining consciousness.
Funeral services will be at noon tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, on Boyce Avenue in Ruxton.
In 1944, he married Margaret Rastetter of Ohio, who survives. After the war, the couple moved to Forest Hills, N.Y., where Mr. George entered the yarn trade. He later became manager of the textile department for Uniroyal Inc. in New York.
In the mid-1980s, Mr. George retired and moved with his wife to Hilton Head. He enjoyed watching birds and taking nature walks in the quiet community.
Besides his wife, survivors include his sister, Caroline Williams of Ruxton.