R. George DeVries was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 17, 1938. He recently passed away on April 27, 2021.

His parents, Genevieve and Raymond DeVries, born in Washington, Michigan, lived in Michigan until 1948 when they moved to Lowell, Michigan, just east of Grand Rapids. George graduated from Lowell High School in 1956. At Lowell High School, he was president of his junior and senior classes. In high school, he won numerous regional tennis championships and was a state finalist as a senior. He also represented the state of Michigan in a Junior Davis Cup. Also, during his senior year, he scored 40 points in a basketball game, a record that stood for many years.

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