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Celebrating the life of
George Edward Van Giesen, Jr., MD
June 22, 1931 - May 24, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Celebration of Life
  • 3pm until 5pm at George's residence - Sunday, May 27, 2018

May the friends and family of Mr. Van Giesen, Jr. find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, ,

Dr Van Giesen had horses at our stables and then took care of my Daddy when he developed diabetes and was subsequently put on dialysis. He did everything he could to keep daddy off of dialysis for as long as he could. Because of Dr VG, we had our daddy much longer than we had hoped. To the Van Giesen family: we had more years with our Daddy because of this great man. All of his hard work and dedication to helping those on dialysis will NEVER be forgotten. With deepest sympathy, The family of Ranson J Pelt

The Pelt Family, Augusta, Ga

I am so sorry for your loss ! I remember great times with Dr Van Giesen, Gail, Diane, and Eddie. I also had the privilege to work with him, after I graduated from nursing school, at Doctors Hospital. He will be missed !

Maria Kalcos McGarity, Evans, GA

Eddie, Viviane, and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. I think and feel strongly, from reading his obituary, that he must have had a major impact on so many lives through his medical practice. Such an important person who truly made a difference in this world. What a legacy to leave behind for you to carry on in your hearts.

Mary Ann Cox, Bogart, GA

Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We wish we could be at your side but please know your in our hearts.

Judith & Robert Fasci, Weymouth, Ma

My condolences to the family of Mr. Giesen, may the family continue to cope an read the Bible for comfort. An encouraging scripture is found at Acts 24:15, there it talks about the hope our loved ones have. Please read that scripture when you can.

Kay F, Savannah , Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

George Edward Van Giesen, Jr, MD died May 23, 2018 peacefully after a brief, but intense, illness at his home in Savannah. George was born in Savannah on June 22, 1931. He was predeceased by his parents George Edward Van Giesen, Sr, of Savannah and Dorothy Jane Thurmond Van Giesen, of Fitzgerald, GA.

George spent his childhood in Savannah and later moved to Gainesville, GA where he graduated from high school. He graduated from Emory University and then studied medicine and received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia in 1957. Following his Internship Medical Residency and Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he began practicing medicine in Augusta in 1963. He pioneered the use of hemodialysis to treat people with chronic renal disease. Dr. Van Giesen was beloved by his patients and those with whom he worked. He dedicated his life to his family and his profession. He retired to Fort Myers, FL and later, completing the circle, moved back to his hometown, Savannah. George was an avid reader and boater and spent many hours on the Moon River. In 2016, Dr. Van Giesen wrote and published a memoir titled Prelude to Change, which tells the story of the confluence of racial inequality and the advancement in the treatment of hemodialysis patients in Augusta, GA in the 1960’s and 70’s.

Dr. Van Giesen is survived by his wife, Sylvia Van Giesen; his daughter, Diane Van Giesen Barrett, her husband George; his son, George Edward Van Giesen III, his wife, Viviane; his first wife, Gail Van Giesen. His loving children are Michelle Bennett, her husband Dave; Nicholas Herring; Jennifer Best, her husband Nate; Jessica Fasci, her husband Walt. His loving grandchildren are Cedric, Olivia, Ian, Hale, Isabella, Ezra, Jackson, and Max.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Augusta Dialysis Research Foundation, which provides financial assistance to dialysis patients in need. Donations may be sent to 957 Heard Ave Augusta, GA 30904.

The family will have a celebration of George’s life at his home in Savannah Sunday May 27, 2018 from 3-5pm and a memorial will be planned at a later date in Augusta.

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May the friends and family of Mr. Van Giesen, Jr. find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, ,

Dr Van Giesen had horses at our stables and then took care of my Daddy when he developed diabetes and was subsequently put on dialysis. He did everything he could to keep daddy off of dialysis for as long as he could. Because of Dr VG, we had our daddy much longer than we had hoped. To the Van Giesen family: we had more years with our Daddy because of this great man. All of his hard work and dedication to helping those on dialysis will NEVER be forgotten. With deepest sympathy, The family of Ranson J Pelt

The Pelt Family, Augusta, Ga

I am so sorry for your loss ! I remember great times with Dr Van Giesen, Gail, Diane, and Eddie. I also had the privilege to work with him, after I graduated from nursing school, at Doctors Hospital. He will be missed !

Maria Kalcos McGarity, Evans, GA

Eddie, Viviane, and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your father/grandfather. I think and feel strongly, from reading his obituary, that he must have had a major impact on so many lives through his medical practice. Such an important person who truly made a difference in this world. What a legacy to leave behind for you to carry on in your hearts.

Mary Ann Cox, Bogart, GA

Candle tribute lit by Judith & Robert — Massachusetts

Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We wish we could be at your side but please know your in our hearts.

Judith & Robert Fasci, Weymouth, Ma

My condolences to the family of Mr. Giesen, may the family continue to cope an read the Bible for comfort. An encouraging scripture is found at Acts 24:15, there it talks about the hope our loved ones have. Please read that scripture when you can.

Kay F, Savannah , Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA


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