February 27, 2024

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Remembering George McVey, a dentist devoted to peace

A dentist? A peace activist?

The Rochester media appeared a very little surprised in the late 1960s that anyone could be both, but, then once more, there was Dr. George McVey of Brighton.

“Rochester Space Has Its Possess Dr. Spock,” headlined the Democrat and Chronicle on Aug. 12, 1968, comparing McVey to Dr. Benjamin Spock, the nationally known pediatrician and opponent of U.S. involvement in the war.

But McVey, who died on June 14, 2022, in Maine at age 94, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday, and who will be memorialized at Nov. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Spiritus Christi Church in Rochester, wasn’t just a dentist. And he wasn’t just an activist.

He was a navy veteran, a spouse, a volunteer on behalf of the disenfranchised, the father of 6 daughters and a masters amount swimmer and a swimming official.

“As daughters, we knowledgeable tons of various cycles of my dad’s daily life,” claims McVey’s oldest daughter Pam Babij of Baltimore, who remembers all the things from their property filling up with activists to bicycle excursions to Don & Bob’s on Monroe Avenue for chocolate almond or butter brickle product. (Ordering butter brickle would tie up his tongue a very little, a remnant of a childhood stutter that he had typically prevail over.)

Mcvey As Spock 1968

A native of Queens, McVey joined the U.S. Navy out of large faculty at the conclude of Earth War and attended Holy Cross College or university on the GI Monthly bill, graduating in 1950. (Also in his class was basketball excellent Bob Cousy). McVey sooner or later settled in the Rochester place with his initially wife, Patricia, and their household.

They experienced a few extremely youthful daughters when Patricia died of cancer in 1963. McVey, who experienced been in community relations, was in the middle of a occupation shift then, attending dental school at the University of Buffalo.