Dr. George Labban, Jr., 93, of Davidson, died on Sunday, July 19th at The Pines at Davidson. He was born October 15, 1921 in Houston, Texas, the son of George and Mary Attra Labban and grew up in Corsicana, Texas where he completed his public education. He enrolled directly in the University of Texas, subsequently earning B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.
During World War II, he served four years in the US Army as an officer primarily in the 763rd Field Artillery Battalion in the European theater. Afterward, he taught at Baylor University and at the University of Texas.
In 1952, he joined the faculty at Davidson College where he formed and chaired the Department of Classics, spending 33 years of rewarding service in the classroom and with his students on the ancient sites in Greece and Italy. Due to a progressively painful spinal disorder, he found it necessary to retire on medical disability in 1985. He was a longstanding member of Davidson United Methodist Church. His wife, Mary Ann Labban, preceded him in death. Surviving him are his sons George “Ged” (Cindi), and John (Paula);
grandchildren Courtney Ross (Jake), Jeffrey (Allyson) Labban, Caroline (Tim) Mittmann, Curtis (Catey), Briggs, Jamie, and Harrison Labban; grandchildren Grace Ross, Mason Mittmann, and Harper Labban; and sister Tressa Watkins.
A graveside service will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 22nd at Mimosa Memorial Cemetery in Davidson and visitation with the family following from 2:00 to 3:00 at The Pines at Davidson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The Pines at Davidson (Resident Support Fund) or Davidson United Methodist Church.