Bebe V. George

[ Age 84 ] Timonium lawyer took pride in heritage, founded Greek bowling league.

January 21, 2007

Bebe V. George, a lawyer who founded a bowling league for people of Greek descent, died of lymphoma at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson on Monday. She was 84.

The youngest of five children born to Greek immigrants, she would watch the theatergoers at the old State Theatre from the steps of her family's East Baltimore home. Along with her siblings, she worked at her father's Timonium candy factory in her youth, recalled her sister, Anne G. Kosmides Perentesis of Towson.

After graduating from Eastern High School, she worked in real estate for several years before enrolling in classes at the University of Baltimore. She received her law degree from the university in 1967 and was the sole practitioner at her law firm in Timonium for more than 30 years.

"She started when there were very few female lawyers," her sister said. "It was a challenge because the `good old boys' were prominent then."

She was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Iota Tau Tau legal organization.

Ms. George, whose father's surname was Tzortzopoulos before being anglicized at Ellis Island, took pride in her heritage. She was a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and made several trips to Greece. At the time of her death, she was working on a book about medical and legal terms that are derived from the Greek language.

A longtime resident of Timonium, she founded a Hellenic bowling league at the AMF Timonium Lanes. The league still bowls each Tuesday.

She also enjoyed golfing, hiking, and collecting stamps and coins. She was a member of the Longview Ladies Golf Association and the Sierra Club, her sister said.

A funeral service was held Thursday.

In addition to her sister, she is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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