DONORS:
Kenny Sterner, Terry Draut, Marty Lewandowski, Steve
VanZandt, Bob Collins, Kirk and Sandy Williams, Great
Lakes Falconers’ Association
First President of the Great Lakes Falconers’
Association
After the war, George became an award winning
artist. His work may be seen at the Art Institute
in Chicago and in private collections.
G
EORGE D. WOEHRL WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDING
MEMBERS AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE GREAT
LAKES FALCONERS’ ASSOCIATION.
He died October 15,
2002 at the age of 76. An avid falconer, George loved trapping
peregrines along Lake Michigan and provided falcons to many of his friends.
Any birds not promptly picked up by the end of the day were immediately
released. Raised in Chicagoland, at sixteen he lied about his age and enlisted
in Marine Corps during WWII. He saw heavy combat in Saipan, Guadalcanal
and Okinawa and was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry and bravery –
saving the life of a fellow marine while under fire. After the war, George and
his brother Frank went to Alaska to blow off steam. This may have been when
Georges passion for gyrfalcons originated. Both returned to Chicago where
George studied painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago. He
became an award winning artist. His work may be seen at the Art Institute
and in private collections. He was talented in the field of art restoration
and was commissioned to work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York
City. George not only painted; he would color old falconry lithographs with
unique attention to detail. He was an intelligent, thoughtful man, had a
wonderful sense of humor and was always interesting. As a young man, in
order to improve his vocabulary, he read the dictionary from cover to cover.
George was generous with his equipment-making talents, falconry book
collection and skill as a falconer. He mentored many young falconers in the
care and handling of their birds. His strong personality and perfectionism
has had a lasting influence on GLFA.
An avid falconer, George loved trapping peregrines along
Lake Michigan and provided falcons to many of his friends.