Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet
Blessed is the True Judge
Age 76, died December 8, 2013, at Kaiser Hospital from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. George was born in Brooklyn, NY, July 15, 1937 to Elias and Celia (Kaplan) Wertheim. He leaves behind his wife, Linda (Merrell) Wertheim; his brother, Bill Wertheim (Marlene); and his daughter, Val Langmuir (Marilyn Hollinger). George is survived by brother-in-law Jim Merrell (Kathy) and two nephews (Dan Wertheim and David Merrell) and a niece (Erika Merrell) as well as many cousins, friends, neighbors, congregants and cats (Summer and Gus).
George grew up in Brooklyn and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Columbia College (NY). He came to California in 1959 to attend Stanford University where he earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology. He did research and taught at Stanford and at colleges in Ohio and Tennessee. In 1974 George returned to the Bay Area to work for the Mental Health Department of the City and County of San Francisco. He began his interest in computers while doing research at Stanford and this led to his transferring to a position with the Information Technology Department of the C&C of San Francisco. As an inveterate troublemaker, he was active in forming Local 2, the Union for Professional and Technical Engineers in city government. George also formed his own small computer company with his friend, Bob Cefalu, and enjoyed much success.
George had an intense lifelong love of learning, music, fly fishing and the well being of his community.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Congregation B’nai Emunah