By Donna Parker
George Marshall-Worthington ’76 spends his days as a marketing and management consultant to philanthropic organizations, but he also, “spends a lot of time in the lively performing arts scene in Houston.” He very much likes to attend musical performances with friends and share a libation afterwards, but that’s just for fun. George’s main focus is giving – of himself and his time, as well as sharing his deep understanding of what serious non-profit organizations require in order to survive and thrive.
For these reasons, Luc Montagnier, the founder of the World Foundation for Medical Research and Prevention and the primary scientist to discover HIV, the virus behind AIDS, recently nominated George for a prestigious SAVVY Award, “in recognition of his significant impact on the Houston community through volunteerism and public service.” George is not only executive director of that Foundation, but also involved with Creative Houston, the Houston HIV Prevention Community Planning Group and Net Impact Houston Professional Chapter.
“I think Trinity’s high level of expectation prepared me well for my position because it was there I learned how to meet deadlines, as well as anticipate client expectations and outcomes. I’ve always strived toward pride in my work and remaining sensitive and responsive to society’s needs. That began for me at Trinity,” states George.
His ties are still strong, reinforced each year when he opens his “treasured” holiday greeting from Coleen Grissom, professor of English.
“She loved to teach. Even with her administration duties, she always taught a few courses which were challenging and required an enormous amount of reading and discussion. Coleen’s passion for teaching ignited the passion for learning in her students, including me.”
“Marguerite Barzun, department of English, was another mentor. She taught a course on the 20th century novel in America and because she was an expert in American studies, she could relate the novel to the environment, offering psychological insights. Her approach was totally unique.”
When asked if his career path has traveled the road he envisioned while a student at Trinity, George replies,
“I wanted to work in something related to social benefit and incorporate areas from my undergraduate degree in biology. It was, however, in graduate school that I realized the importance of socially beneficial work.”
“I believe that strength of mind and persistence in career are paramount, but we should all expect change and lots of it. It’s important to have career goals in college, but after a working life of 60 years, most of us are at a completely different juncture in life.”
“It’s your internal drive that motivates you each day to ask yourself, ‘How can I do better?’”
Looks like George has listened well.