George Lambert, 83George Howard Lambert, Sept. 1, 1928 - Jan. 30, 2012.
Born on a farm in Hampton, Iowa, in 1928. He graduated from Central High School, Sioux City, Iowa, in 1947, and from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He earned a Diplôme supérieure in clinical psychology from the University of Paris in 1953 and studied Japanese at the Sorbonne. He volunteered for the U.S. Army draft in 1953 and served in Korea and Japan until November 1955.
George participated in the 1956 (Melbourne) and 1960 (Rome) Olympic Games on the U.S. modern pentathlon team for which he won a silver and a bronze medal and was a member of the U.S. fencing team (épée) in the World Championships, Paris 1959.
He studied in Japan for 5 years during which he was the principal on a TV series (Foreign Journalists Report on Japan Social Problems) on Fuji TV, Tokyo, 1963-64.
His book on Japanese culture, written in Japanese, was published in 1964 (Mainichi Publishing Co.)
While living in Japan, Lambert developed a new projective test using Chinese (Kanji) characters as stimulus. It was presented at the World Congress of Scientific Psychology, Tokyo, 1972 (published in the Bulletin de Psychologie, XXVI, Paris 1972.)
For a number of years he was a contract interpreter in French and Japanese for the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C.
George was also chief translator for a French environmental engineering company (Lyonnaise des Eaux) in Paris for 10 years.
He retired in River Falls where he wrote a play, "A Season for Vivaldi," which recently received a successful staged reading (Jan. 15, 2012) at Theatre West in Hollywood.
Preceded in death by parents, Howard Theodore and Adeline Lambert; brothers John and James; sister Jane Patterson.
Survived by life partner of 37 years, Lillian Tan of River Falls; brother Robert (Kathleen) Lambert of River Falls; sister Mary (Glen) Sears of Honolulu; and many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Private service for family with the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
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