George R. Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse, George R. (“Bill”) (June 1, 1918 – February 5, 2016), 97, WWII Veteran, resident of Fort Washington. Beloved husband of Gloria (nee Naylor). Loving father to Todd W. (Susan Valentine) Rittenhouse, Nancy E. (Dale Larson) Rittenhouse, Mary L. Rittenhouse, and G. William (Jennifer) Rittenhouse. Grandfather to Davis, Willy, Emily, and Wesley. George’s interests, activities and passions included the Philadelphia Orchestra, RittenhouseTown, serving on the Board of Directors of Sanibel Island Beach Club, Zion Lutheran Church, Flourtown, PA, and the Whitemarsh Township Planning Commission. George was a proud graduate of The Wharton (1940) and Law (1948) Schools of the University of Pennsylvania. As a Captain in the Air Force, George attended Harvard University Graduate School of Business’ Air Force Statistical School. George served as a Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of General Refractories Company. He also served on the Committee of Seventy. Bill will most be remembered by the people who love him for his love, patience and support. Services Private. In lieu of flowers contributions in George’s name may be made to Abington Health Home Care Hospice, 225 Newtown Road, Warminster, PA 18974. http://www.craftfuneralhomes.com
George Rittenhouse was one of my mentors as an immigrant from England and working as a life insurance agent. He gave me a lot of guidance about how the large corporations function. My wife, who met George at a General Refractories party for Mr. Wick, the Austrian executive for the company, said when told George had died. “I liked him. He was a gentleman.” A perfect reaction by many who knew him, no doubt. A gentle soul with a great interest in the administration of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Loved his condominium in Florida. Just a first class individual who had a long run in life. I will always be grateful to his advice and guidance in my early days. After reading his obituary. I realized that having been a Market Monitor on PBS’ “Nightly Business News, ” for eleven years. A program he probably watched, that we probably had been in touch, indirectly, later in our lives.
My wife and I offer our condolences to George’s wonderful family at this difficult time.
Peter and Lillian Green