George was born near Harrisonville, Missouri in 1935 to Allen Roupe, a farmer, and Mabel Roupe, a schoolteacher. He was an only child who was a member of the 4H while growing up on the family farm and was an Eagle Scout. His exemplary academic record led him through the University of Missouri, where he received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and was selected as a member of the national engineering honorary society Tau Beta Pi. While at Missouri, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He then moved west to Stanford University, where he earned a master’s degree in nuclear engineering. At Stanford, he met Barbara Doyle of Berkeley, CA, in 1958 where she was an undergraduate, and they married a year later. They started their life together at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM, where he served as an officer until 1962, when they moved back to California for good. George had one employer his entire career, the General Electric Company, where he led various projects in their nuclear power business both in the US and abroad. After retiring to spend more time with his family and refine his tennis and bridge games, he served as board president of both The Senior League and Committee of 25 in Palm Springs, CA. He and Barbie enjoyed annual trips to Europe for many years. He was also a director of Saratoga Tennis Club, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Saratoga Planning Commission, and a member of the steering council at the Hoover Institution. He is survived by his wife Barbie, daughter Julie Exley and husband Didier Perez, son Tom Roupe and wife Jessica, nephew Mark Doyle, three grandchildren Barbara, Chuck and Virginia Exley, and Molly the Airedale - a less faithful companion than Barbie, but still a respectable pet. George enjoyed hunting, travel and playing bridge, and will be remembered for his good cheer, generosity, strength in Christian values, and eternal optimism.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, November 2nd at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Drive, Saratoga, CA.