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George K. Floro dies at 92

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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 3:52 pm

George K. Floro, of Alpine, died Monday, September 19, 2011, at Parks Methodist Retirement Village in Odessa. He was 92.

A Quaker memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at First Presbyterian Church in Alpine.

Dr. Floro was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Oak Harbor, Ohio, to Edna Ziegler Floro and George W. Floro. He received a Purple Heart when he was wounded on the USS Atlanta during the battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1954, and was a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Floro was an adjunct professor of sociology at Sul Ross State University. He continued attending American Sociological Association meetings. As recently as last month, he was still writing for the ASA newsletter; his article was titled "Achieving More Civility in the Agriculture Sector," and Dr. Floro said his analysis was drawn from basics in sociology, and the information covered photographs of children and adults.

His book, "Sociology for Life: Expanding Circles of Social Participation Through Scholarship, Community Service and Teaching," was published in 1986. Additionally, the George Floro Award for Outstanding Service to the Discipline of Sociology was presented annually by the Wisconsin Sociological Association,

Dr. Floro had raised goats since 1970 and was well known in West Texas for founding the Big Bend People & Goats Inc. organization. He was a strong supporter of raising goats in West Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico.

For a number of years, Alpine residents - and visitors passing the Brewster County Courthouse - could see Dr. Floro and other goat enthusiasts with their pens of critters at the annual Goat Awareness Day. Additionally, at the 2010 Gallery Night/ArtWalk in downtown Alpine, Dr. Floro had a "mini-petting zoo" so children could pet and meet some of his pygmy goats, and he organized exhibits of goats at various times of the year.

Until just a few years ago, George and Martha Floro held meetings for the Society of Friends (Quakers) in their home.

Dr. Floro was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha Floro, in 2009; and three brothers.

Survivors include one son, Charles "Chuck" Floro and wife Debbie of Wilmot, S.D.; one daughter, Beverly Floro of Austin; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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