1977 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"When you volunteer your services, you help yourself as much as you help others."
George Kneeland was born in New York City and spent most of his life in Harrington Park, New Jersey. His father, a sociological investigator, died when he was five years old. His mother worked in a nursery school and later at schools for the physically and mentally disabled. Kneeland had various jobs while in school, including one as a delivery boy in a bakery. He also volunteered many hours with the local fire department. After graduating from high school, he worked for two years as a clerk and then got a job as an office boy for the St. Regis Paper Company. At St. Regis, he rose through the ranks from office boy to become chairman of the board in 1972 and chairman of the executive committee in 1975. For two years, he served as a specialist in damage control in the U. S. Navy's Fire Fighters Group. Kneeland was a community fire fighter, chief, and president of the Harrington Park Fire Department for more than 25 years.* Deceased