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Ostrow School of Dentistry Mourns Dr. George J. Higué, DDS ‘40

Dr. George J. Higué, a 1940 graduate of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, passed away on December 11 at his home in Huntington Harbour. He was 95.

A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, he attended George Washington High School and Los Angeles City College before entering the Ostrow School of Dentistry. After graduating with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he served in the 417th Artillery Field Unit of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Major, Dental Corps. He went on to practice dentistry in the city of Bell for 45 years, garnering a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s oral health care and earning several commendations from organized dentistry, the Bell Chamber of Commerce, the California State Assembly and more.

Higué devoted much of his time and resources to the Ostrow School of Dentistry, USC, the dental profession and the community. He served as president of the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Century Club and the Dental Alumni Association and was also a member of the School’s Board of Councilors. His generosity made the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s George J. Higué Student Lounge a reality, helped the School build the Oral Health Center faculty practice, and more. At the University level, he was a founding Presidential Associate and a member of the Scholarship Club, and he was awarded both the Alumni Service Award and the USC President’s Award for his service to USC as a proud alumnus.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 16 at 10:30 AM at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, December 18 at 1:00 PM at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Ostrow School of Dentistry.

To view Dr. George J. Higue’s obituary in the Los Angeles Times and sign the online guestbook, click here.