Obituary: George Hunter Mollett – August 13, 1941 – August 16, 2010
George Hunter Mollett was born in Van Nuys, California, in 1941 to a Los Angeles pioneer family. He later moved with his family to Glendale, California, where he graduated from Glendale’s Hoover High School in 1959. George completed his first year of college at Northwestern University in Illinois and then transferred to Stanford University. Following his graduation in 1963, George enrolled in the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (“UC Med”), graduating in 1967. After completing his internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, George proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Chicago in Vietnam from 1969 until 1971. Afterwards, George returned to UC Med as a Resident in Orthopedics, which included rotations at the Children’s Hospital of San Francisco and the Highland and Fairmount Hospitals in Alameda County.Retiring from private practice in Oakland, California, George joined the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in 1977, and began a 20-plus year career with the organization at locations in Walnut Creek, Vallejo, and Martinez, California. In 1980, George was admitted into the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and then in 1981 to the American College of Surgeons.In between career and family obligations, George enjoyed a lifelong interest in a variety of athletics, including rugby, horseback-riding, waterskiing, triathlons, hiking, biking, swimming, running, and alpine skiing. Upon retirement from Kaiser Permanente, George worked with the Veterans’ Hospital in Sacramento and the Native American Hospital in Anchorage. George continued his orthopedics work at the University of California at Davis, where he was awarded Outstanding Clinical Faculty Member in 2001-2002. And he satisfied his wonder lust with trips to East Africa, Hong Kong, the Galapagos Islands, Egypt, Jordon, and Poland.Throughout his life George enjoyed spending time with his family at Lake Tahoe. He first came with his parents in 1962. The entire Mollett Family fell in love with the Lake and in 1963 built their first home in Homewood with George joining the entire family in the construction. The current Mollett Family Home was built in 1965 on Moana Circle with his brother, Casey, and himself being the manual laborers. It is here that George introduced his own children to snow and water skiing. He was active in the Tahoe Yacht Club during the 1960’s participating in ski tournaments, boat races, and more recently he simply enjoyed visiting the Club House. He attended Corpus Christi Church. The 2010 Lake Tahoe Marathon found eight Mollett Family members competing in ten events in his memory. His son, Mike, dedicated his first place victory (nearly 4 minutes faster than the runner-up) in the Half Mile Swim to his father. “I’m feeling good about this and feeling good about my Dad.”Preceding George in death were his parents Margaret Louise Hunter (d. 1975) and Byron Hendrix Mollett (d. 1995). George’s surviving siblings are Antoinette (Toni) Mollett Harsh Pearson (& Russell) of Reno, Nevada, and Charles (Casey) Byron Mollett (& Carol) of La Caada, California. His children are Michael George Mollett of Newport Beach, CA (granddaughters Sofia & Peyton); Darrin Jennifer Mollett (& Bill Ballhaus) of Middleburg, VA. (grandchildren Brooke & Will); Scott Hunter Mollett of Palo Alto, CA; and Christian Frances Mollett of Emeryville, CA.. His nieces and nephews are Maggie Mollett, Danielle Stiritz, Casey Harsh, Brent Harsh, and Troy Harsh . All will sadly miss the many adventures that Uncle George provided them.A memorial service will be held on October 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 1001 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91202, (818) 242-2579. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in memory of George H. Mollett, M.D., to support the “Memory and Aging Center, Seeley Lab,” payable to the UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145. George was a student at the University of California, San Francisco, and then Dr. Seeley’s patient, and now is part of the ongoing research at the Seeley Laboratory to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.