The Olivet College community is saddened to learn of the loss of former trustee and distinguished alumnus George Pyne III ’65. He passed away at his home in Milford, Mass., on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at the age of 74. Pyne is survived by his wife, Roseleen; his four children, George IV, Tara, David and Jim; and 12 grandchildren.
Pyne earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from Olivet College. A standout athlete, he starred and lettered in football for four years and was a member of the All-MIAA Football Team in 1962, ’63 and ’64. In addition to All-MIAA recognition he was nominated and selected for two successive years to the All-State Team. Pyne was also a member of the Adelphic Alpha Pi fraternity and represented them in student government.
After graduating from Olivet College, Pyne was drafted in the 16th round by the American Football League’s Boston Patriots. He appeared in all 14 games during the 1965 season. As a lineman, he sacked such legends as Jets quarterback Joe Namath and played against Jack Kemp, George Blanda and Len Dawson.
Pyne’s family carries with them a strong football lineage. His father, George Pyne II, played for the Providence Steam Roller in 1931. His son, Jim, spent nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as an offensive lineman. It is believed that the Pynes were the first family to have three generations play football at the professional level.
Following his stint with the NFL, Pyne went on to a very successful 20-year career with Mass Mutual Insurance Company. He served as the company’s top producer in the ’70s and was a consecutive $1 million Round Table Member. Pyne also found success in the realm of land acquisition and development, having constructed more than 500 homes in the Massachusetts area. In addition, he established a career buying, renting and selling heavy construction machinery through Hillview Equipment, a company now operated by his son, David.
Pyne was appointed to the Olivet College Board of Trustees in 2003 and served until 2009. He was on numerous board committees, including those for Trusteeship, Finance, Development, and Buildings and Grounds. He served as Homecoming marshal in 2003, and in 2013 he received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2014, the college unveiled the new Pyne Pavilion at the Cutler Athletic Complex, in honor of George.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home (44 Congress Street, Milford, Mass.). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The St. Mary of the Assumption Church Renovation Fund, c/o St. Mary’s Church Offices (17 Winter Street, Milford, MA 01757) or to the Olivet College Football Program (320 South Main Street, Olivet, MI 49076).