George E. O'Rourke (1929-2007)
U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) member George Edmund O'Rourke of Concord, Massachusetts died Feb. 26, 2007 at age 77. Born July 29, 1929 in Washington, DC, Mr. O'Rourke graduated from Georgetown University and earned a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He was founder and president of Corporate Tech Planning in Waltham, MA, retiring in 1993. He had been a resident of Concord since 1958. Earlier in his chess career, he had played at the celebrated Chess Divan in Washington. Besides being a USCF member, Mr. O'Rourke was also a member of the Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA) and an active member of the Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg, MA and the Nashoba Chess Club in Westford, MA. In addition, he took part in USCF-rated tournaments at the Waltham (MA) Chess Club. An avid weeknight and weekend tournament player, Mr. O'Rourke had participated in more than 125 tournaments in the past 15 years, including the 2001 U.S. Open in Framingham, MA and several Massachusetts Open state championships. His most recent tournament victory was tying for first place in the prestigious George Sturgis Memorial tournament in December 2006 in Fitchburg. He was runner-up in the 2006 Wachusett Chess Club championship and runner-up in the David Bronstein Memorial tournament in January 2007 in Fitchburg.
Obituary provided by George Mirijanian,President, Massachusetts Chess Association
George E. O'Rourke - may you Rest In Peace.