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109-Year-Old Chester Man Dies After Life of Learning, Full of Activities

George Eberhardt was born in 1904 and was married for 72 years.

George Eberhardt. Photo Courtesy William J. Leber Funeral Home
George Eberhardt. Photo Courtesy William J. Leber Funeral Home

President Roosevelt sat in the White House when George Eberhardt, of Chester, was born.

Teddy Roosevelt, that is.

Eberhardt passed away on April 28 at the age of 109, according to his obituary at williamjleberfh.com.

He lived in Chester for the last 67 years with his wife, Marie. The two were wed for 72 years. Eberhardt was born in Newark, New Jersey on Sept. 29, 1904 and stayed active until his final days.

Eberhardt spent 44 years with Bell Labs during the early years of radio, telephone and radar research, and another 37 years as director of audio facilities at Drew University. The centenarian’s passion was tennis, though, as he spent 70 years actively engaged in playing the sport, teaching and maintaining courts and repairing rackets.

Thanks to his longevity, Eberhardt took part in the Archon Genomics X Prize, a contest designed to challenge scientists to identify the genetic keys to longevity.

In doing so, Eberhardt gave up some of his DNA in 2011 and was one of 100 centenarians to take part in the study, according to cbsnews.com. According to his obituary, Eberhardt beat lymphoma a decade ago.

Due to confidentiality, the United States Census Bureau could not release information regarding Eberhardt's status as New Jersey's oldest living person prior to his passing.

He is survived by his wife, five children, 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. He is predeceased by two children.

A celebration of Eberhardt’s life will be held Friday, May 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at William J. Leber Funeral Home in Chester. A 10 a.m. funeral service will be held Saturday, May 17 at First Congregational Church in Chester.

Memorial donations can be made to The Fund for Drew University, In Tribute to George Eberhardt, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940, or to the Trustees of Columbia University, Dr. Mears Research Fund, 161 Ft. Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032.

Mears is credited with giving Eberhardt an additional 10 years of life after treating his lymphoma. 

Wwe Tensai May 14, 2014 at 09:50 AM
These are the kind of people who should get press time, not the lowest common denominator.
Helen A. Kuryllo May 14, 2014 at 05:54 PM
I lived, studied, and taught at Drew in the 1980s and 90s. George was a kind, smart, generous man who always had a smile for everyone!
Bob Vey May 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM
May God bless him & his Family.
David G. June 02, 2014 at 10:42 PM
He was a wonderful man and an inspiration to many!
Victoria July 11, 2014 at 05:06 PM
I went to Drew some time ago...and everyone, including myself, loved George..He always was realistic, but had a funny spin or a funny story to share to make everyone anywhere laugh...and always made a person feel good. I want more of the George type of person around in the world as there does not seem to be many at all.

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