May 15, 1938 - July 06, 2014

 

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sauk Rapids for George P. Mullally, age 76, of Iowa City, IA who died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

George P. Mullally was born May 15, 1938 in Sauk Rapids to Roy and Marie (Dingmann) Mullally. He graduated from St. Cloud Cathedral High School in 1956, received his BA Degree in Philosophy from St. John's University in 1960. After college he served with the Minnesota National Guard; SSGT Mullally was awarded the Medal of Commendation, Minnesota's Highest Civilian Award, for attempting to save the life of a fellow soldier who was struck by lightning at Camp Ripley. He returned to college at St. Cloud State College where he received his BS Degree in Instrumental Music Education. George then taught at Central Catholic High School in Marshall for two years. Following this he accepted a research assignment with the University of Iowa allowing him to continue his education with a Master's degrees in Classics and Library Science.

George joined the staff of the University of Iowa Main Library in February 1971 with the positions of Rare Book Cataloger and Music Scores and Sound Recordings Cataloger. His most important contribution and responsibility in his position was the cataloging of the rare medical books donated by the late Dr. John Martin. George retired from the University in June 2001 after 30 years of service.

He was a member of the American Library Association and the Iowa Library Association. George had been associated with the Old Capital Barbershop Chorus during most of the 1970's, and had been invited to join the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in 1988. He played baritone with them for the following 19 years. George has also been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City, and for many of those years he served as a cantor for masses.

Survivors include his three children, Cindy (Jeff) Reed of Blue Grass, IA; Tom Mullally of Marietta, GA; and Brigid Mullally-Eccher, MD (Dan Eccher) of Augusta, ME; six grandchildren; four siblings, Robert (Mary Ann) Mullally of Onalaska, WI; John (Sharon)of Woodbury; Mary (Jerrry) Wocken of Huntsville, AL; Ralph (Lois) of LaCrescent and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings, James, Leo, Roy Mullally, Jr., Ann Kresky and Ruth Mokosso.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in George's memory to the American Heart Association.