Dr. Middleton

Dr. George Middleton

Guest Book Entries


We invite you to share your thoughts, stories, and remembrances of Dr. Middleton.
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 30, 2008
  There are many ways in which a person may touch the lives of others. Whether it is by leading by example, through guidance, through support or a showing the confidense to step back and allow someone to soar on their own, all of these are ways to touch other people on a very personal basis. I believe that, Dr. Middleton did all of these things, with each of us at one time or another. He helped cultivate the dreams that so many of us still cling so tightly to today and the gifts that have allowed so many of us to rise to the occasion. He is also responsible for many of the most fond and treasured memories and experiences that many of us share. I hope that when I am laid to rest that I may say that I pursued the impossible dream just as he did. "Ab Illo Cui Multum Datur Multum Requiritur" 
         Joel Finnegan    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 30, 2008
  I believe as a teenager, we all struggle to find out who we are and what life is all about as we approach adulthood. I am proud to say that Dr. George Middleton provided much direction in my path as a child with compassion so much that I wanted to return to GPGC summer after summer. Thank you very much, Dr. Middleton, for believing in me as well as all of us who are elated to have been and still are YOUR gifties! 
         Michael Tisher    (Friend/Colleague)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 30, 2008
  I have not seen Dr. Middleton for at least 24 years, and therefore was shocked at my sadness at the news of his passing. Dr. Middleton was a visionary whose work on behalf of children with special gifts and talents changed my life. If not for the GPGC, I cannot imagine that I would have thrived in high school, gone on to college where I had a normal social life, and on further to graduate school. Nobody in my family had ever been to college. I would never have had the confidence required in my intelligence and my social skills to get me through graduate school had I not attended the program. I credit Dr. Middleton and the GPGC for my academic accomplishments and for many lifelong, meaningful, extraordinary friendships and relationships as well. Dr. Middleton, thank you for giving us so much. Our hearts go out to your family and to each other.  
         Karen Schneider Ingersoll    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 30, 2008
  I have come back to this page several times in the last day struggling to find words to adequately express how much I owe to Dr. Middleton and The Program. Certainly, my life would have been bleaker and less fulfilling. I would like to share a story. Ten years ago this summer at the 40th anniversary of GPGC, Mary Reeves and I saw Dr. Middleton for the first time in roughly 20 years. Without a moment of hesitation, he called us both by name and greeted us warmly. Never doubt for an instant that each of the hundreds and hundreds of us Gifties was just as special and precious to him as he was to us.  
         Frank Serio    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  "And I know if I'll only be true to this glorious quest that my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I'm laid to my rest And the world will be better for this that one man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last act of courage to reach the unreachable star" I have no doubt that your heart will lay peaceful and calm Uncle Middy. You didn't just reach, you taught all of us to reach. Thanks and God bless you, and your loved ones in their time of sadness. 
         Bobbie Dommert Peckham    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  It is with great sadness that I hear of Dr. Middleton's passing. He had a great impact on the lives of many, many people, including my own. I was changed by the Program and he made that revelation possible. My heart goes out to his family. In your sadness, remember that few people have done so much for so many. He will be remembered. 
         Cathleen Jones    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Dr. Middleton provided me with a tremendous gift and a fantastic send-off into life. He changed the direction of my life as he did for so many. He was a man with a lot of vision and a long view. 
         Beth Pope Eddy    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Thanks to Dr. Middleton and the Program, I finally experienced humility when I realized I was certainly not "the smartest kid in the room." Certainly he will be missed, but his legacy lives in all the students he reached. 
         Joanne Caramia Leitz    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Dr Middleton changed so many of our lives. I'll never forget my experiences at GPGC, which could have never happened if not for this man. We will cherish his memory forever. Thank you Uncle Middy. 
         Bobby Lucas    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  I will always be thankful for everything that Dr. Middleton imparted to my life. My love and prayers to Mrs. Middleton and the family. May the Holy Spirit of God bring you comfort and strength. "Tex" 
         Rev. Dr. Jefferson ("Tex") Thompson    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  I will always remember my first summer of the program when Dr. Middleton and I shared a stand in the viola section. As I struggled to play the downbeat of every measure, Uncle Middy was next to me smiling, sawing away. As someone posted earlier, I don't think I'd be the person I am today without the influence of Dr. Middleton, and I'd be willing to say that anyone who has been in any contact with the Governor's Program or Dr. Middleton would say the same thing. I am sure he will live on in my heart and also that he will never be forgotten by gifties young and old.  
         Andy Hines    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  I don't think I would be the person I am today if it were not for GPGC. I'm eternally indebted to you, Dr. Middleton, and I will continue to pray for you and for your family. I know that this summer won't be the same without you, but you'll be looking down from heaven-- ready to "swoop" if needed. 
         Sally McPherson    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  As I look back over my time with the GPGC i am thankful of every moment i got in those summers... and none of these moments would have been possible with out you Dr. Middleton... It was because of you and the program that I undestand that i am more than just a person... i am a Giftie... Rest in Peace, you will never be forgotten... 
         Devin Matthews    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  After hearing the news, I called one of my closest friends to inform him of Dr. Middleton's passing and he asked if I believe in the afterlife. I don't know if I do, but I still took great comfort in his response. "If there is life after death we don't have to worry about where Dr. Middleton is." He is one of the greatest men I have ever known and I am forever in his debt for creating the program that has defined who I am as a person as well as led me to those individuals who have become the most cherished and important people in my life. Thank you Dr. Middleton. 
         Melanie Powers    (GPGC Staff)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  *psychologist *acceptance --Spelling is a challenge when looking at a screen through tear-soaked contacts... 
         Anna Popov    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Un'cle Mi'ddy (Noun) 1. an extraordinary man who made it his life's work to "swoop down" on his gifties summer after summer covering them with his loving wings and cultivating five decades of learning and growth 2. a psycologist who wanted gifted children to be emotionally, physically and mentally balanced people who would use their gifts for the good of humanity 3. someone who will be dearly missed. syn: Dr. Middleton, Teacher, Mentor, Friend. Uncle Middy fostered in us a feeling of exceptance, love for our gifts and an appreciation for others. What a treasure! Peace be with all who are suffering his loss. His legacy lives on in us and those we lead to his program. 
         Anna Popov    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  How sorry I was to learn of his passing. He truly inspired us to think, reach, strive, and grow. His leadership taught me at a young age to "dream the impossible dream" and thanks to the Program, even reach a few impossible dreams. 
         Christie (Stevenson) Kitchens    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Uncle Middy was not part of one time. He was a multigenerational pilgrim that transformed himself with each new class to believe in their talent and dreams. He will live on forever, not only in the hearts and minds of those who knew him, but also in the accomplishments of those GPGC students to whom much is given and much is required. These students continually think outside the box and challenge themselves and the society in which they live and as this legacy continues, Uncle Middy will be there. I am honored to have known such a great man.  
         Jamie Hipp    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Now, the hard part begins, continuing with a new figurehead. 
         John Bourgeois    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  My summers at the Governor's Program are some of my happiest childhood memories. I loved it so much I even became a counselor for a few summers. I wanted to be a part of something that I knew was special. I will forever be grateful to Dr Middleton for the opportunities that he afforded me and everyone else who attended the program. My condolences go out to Mrs Middletown and the rest of the family. Please be comforted in knowing that he touched so many lives in immensely positive ways. 
         Lisa Owen Hines    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Looking back on my life up to this point, I don't know where, or indeed who, I would be it it were not for this amazing program started by this amazing man... Rest in peace, Doctor Middleton. You will be sorely missed 
         Ben Warzeski    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Thank you, Dr. Middleton, for touching so many of us. You inspired us to grow as people and created a family of lifelong friends. May God bless you and your family. 
         Michael Wang    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  As I thought about Dr. Middleton last night, I smiled when I remembered his famed "Swoop Down" speech of each summer. Perhaps it could be said that the Program he created was his ultimate swoop down, gracing the world with his vision and working so tirelessly to keep us gifties under his wings for so long that now he's flown on to what I am certain is a special place in heaven to rest. While his human body was mortal, his impact on the lives of the children lucky enough to be touched by his gifts remains immortal. May light perpetual shine upon him. 
         Susan East Nelson    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  Vision is a rare thing, especially a vision as encompassing as Dr. Middleton's. For a refuge of kindred hearts and minds, for mentors who believed in us and our abilities, for continual reminders that our gifts were for others' good not ours alone, I am most grateful to have been an inhabitant of Dr. M's Skinner box. 
         Michael Howes    (GPGC Student)
  
 
                                                                                                                                                       
 April 29, 2008
  I'll always be grateful to Dr. Middleton for broadening my horizons. Beyond the GPGC, he was an institution in his own right, and he'll be missed a great deal. My condolences go to Jackie and the rest of his friends who really were his extended family. 
         Patrick Webb    (GPGC Student)
  
 


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