In Memoriam: George E. Hoerter

by Martha Sippel

George E. Hoerter, STC Fellow and long-time member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC), and AccessAbility SIG passed away on April 12, 2013 after a short illness. George meant so much to so many people throughout his STC career, which began in 1975.

George was never “just a member.” He began serving the Society in 1984 when he was elected vice president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. From 1984 to 1988, he fulfilled the roles of STC RMC vice president, president (for two consecutive years), and past president. George was the STC RMC treasurer from 1991 to 1997 and also served the chapter as a competition judge, conference speaker, membership manager, and scholarship manager.

George Hoerter

George Hoerter

At the International level, George was elected and served as Society Treasurer from 1987 to 1991, and was appointed Society Assistant Treasurer from 1991 to 1995. He was a Conference Finance Manager; a member of the Compensation Policy, Finance, Transformation Finance, and Conference Advisory committees; and Co-Manager of the Chapter and Regional Conference Committee. George attended 16 annual conferences, presented 5 times, and moderated 5 sessions. Read more about his accomplishments here .

The Rocky Mountain Chapter established the “George E. Hoerter Professional Development/Award/Scholarship” in 1990 in recognition of his contribution to the Rocky Mountain chapter and his international service as Society Treasurer. For more than two decades, the RMC was pleased to be able to provide scholarship funds to many undergraduates and graduates to help them get started in technical communication or ancillary fields.

George retired after 37 years working as Technical Communicator Manager, Publications and Services for Martin Marietta Astronautics Group (1960-1997).

George’s consistent encouragement and expectation of excellence forced many STC RMC members to stretch ourselves and grow professionally. Over the past 30 years, many past and present Rocky Mountain Chapter members owe thanks to George for his excellent stewardship of the chapter’s finances, his quiet presence at the door greeting people and taking time to connect them with a mentor or volunteer position, and his mentoring and care of us as we launched our careers. He is greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

George’s family has posted a memorial page where you can leave stories, documents, or pictures of George. Please share any memories you have at:

The service is Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Christ on the Mountain Church, 13922 West Utah Ave, Lakewood CO 80228. Lunch will follow. Visitation is Thursday, April 18 from 5-7 PM at the Archdiocese of Denver Mount Olivet, 12801 West 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Mary Jo Stark, and Frank Tagader contributed to this article.

About Martha Sippel

Martha Sippel is an STC Fellow who has developed and presented compelling, accurate technical material for more than 35 years. She consistently receives recognition for her contributions, from the Distinguished Chapter Service Award to international awards for her work on CH2M HILL's intranet and was recognized for being an outstanding mentor to STC's Charlotte Regional Chapter. Martha is a Park Meadows Metropolitan District board director, a South Suburban Park Foundation (501c3) board trustee, a Certified Interpretive Guide (National Association for Interpretation or NAI), and volunteers for the STC Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC), and her HOA. She served as a City of Lone Tree Planning Commissioner from 2008-2015 and a User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) editorial board member from 2007-2017. As Principal of AzuWrite LLC, she helps design effective user interfaces for websites and web applications and provides user experience, usability, and information architecture expertise to clients.
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One Response to In Memoriam: George E. Hoerter

  1. Joel Meier says:

    I did not get to know George personally. However, as an STC RMC council member, I know his dedication to the chapter and his financial diligence supported us well beyond his tenure as treasurer. In fact, his financial stewardship still serves us today. You have heard me refer to myself as a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants. George is just another example of a giant on whose shoulders we stand.
    Joel Meier, Sr. Tech Writer

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