George Joseph Vince, previously of Fairfield and Trumbull, died Jan. 31 at his home in Hallandale, Fla.

The Fairfield native was a retired science teacher, coach and dean in the Fairfield public schools. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from Roger Ludlowe High School and earned a bachelor of science degree from Penn State University, where he held First Chair in the University Orchestra. He was a member and officer in Chi Phi Fraternity. After being discharged from the U.S. Army where he served in Germany, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a master's degree in education.

His teaching career began in the Trumbull school system and he retired after many years of teaching and administration in Fairfield's schools. He coached wrestling, golf, softball and tennis. He was also the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation in Ecology, Astronomy and Oceanography. An avid golfer, he was a member of Salem Golf Club in New York and played locally at Smith Richardson, Tashua and Wheeler.

After he retired, he had a second career as an actor. He performed in community theater productions, acted in movie productions filmed in south Florida, including "In Her Shoes" and "Hoot."

Survivors include two children, Georgia of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Caraline of Charlotte, N.C., and his former wife of 27 years, Dian Soltesz Vince, as well as nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Coastal Boxer Rescue (, where he was a transport volunteer.