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George Vasko - 2003 Professionalism Award

Biography from 2003 Professionalism Award Dinner

George B. Vasko is the 2003 recipient of the Akron Bar Association Professionalism Award. George was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and raised by a widowed mother. He graduated from Phoenixville High School in 1950 and that evening started employment at BF Goodrich. While working the midnight shift, he started at Ursinius College, a small liberal arts college west of Philadelphia. After graduating in 1955, he joined the United States Army and served with the Military Police until discharge in 1957.

The day he got out of the service, George began law school at Boston College. He married his wife, Diane Elanor Drake, then a student at Boston University on February 23, 1957. George graduated in 1960 and passed the Massachusetts bar. He practiced law in Massachusetts until he was appointed as assistant general counsel of the United Rubber Workers International Union in l962. After passing the Ohio bar in January 1963, he was appointed as general counsel in 1967. He left the URW in l973 to go into private practice.

George has served on many boards and commissions including the Akron Art Institute, Visiting Nurses of Summit County, and Treasurer of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Summit County Catholic School Commission, President of Legal Aid Society, Chairman of the Public Defender Office, Vice Chairman of Akron Housing Commission, Board of Trustees of the Akron Bar Association and many more.

George and his wife Diane have five children: Sharon, Kimberly, Scott, Tracy and Kelly. They are the grandparents of ten. They also travel quite extensively. George’s major hobbies are his children, grandchildren and the law.