Juneau resident George Mehigan Masek, 42, died unexpectedly May 4, 2002, of a heart attack.
He was a professor of accounting at the University of Alaska Southeast and had taught at St. Scholastica's College in Duluth, Minn., and Huston College in Portland, Maine.
He had a master's degree in accounting with an emphasis on tax from Notre Dame University and was a certified public accountant. He worked at Price Waterhouse accounting firm in New York, and was also in private practice as an accountant. However, his true vocation was teaching. He brought to his career as a teacher enthusiasm, dedication, zeal and humor, his family said.
His family and friends will remember him as a man of wit, generosity and spirit. They said one of the great pleasures of his life was travel. Over the years, he traveled extensively throughout Europe. Two places he particularly loved were Norway and Estonia.
A scholarship fund in his name is being established at UAS.
He is survived by his mother, Marion Mehigan Masek, California; sisters Sara Hoffman, Mary Bosch and Alys Masek, California; brothers Michael Masek, California, William Masek, Massachusetts; Paul Masek, Illinois, and John Masek, Marshall Islands; and his beloved cat, Sylvester.
The public is invited to a memorial service at UAS at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the Mourant Building's Lake Room.