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You are the most influential educator, mentor, and coach that I've ever had the good grace to meet and learn from. I'm sad that it's been so long since I've seen you, but I hope you're doing well and enjoying everything as much as ever! 

Thank you so much for your contributions to this activity and the lives of your debaters. You have made more of a difference than even you may know. 

Best Wishes, 

Neal Valley
Dear George, 

I know you were involved in my choice as the Distinguished Alumni Awardee at the DSR-TKE banquet on Sunday evening. I was truly honored to be chosen and so grateful for all the years that I have been able to participate in Forensic Union activities. You were my mentor at WSU for both my BA and MA and I owe any success I enjoyed as a speech teacher and coach to your wonderful training and advice. I am proud of WSU's outstanding Forensic Program and will support it to my last breath. When we finally get some nice weather here in Michigan, you can count on a visit from the Nines, Gettoes, Pappases and Voisins once again. Thanks again, and we will see you soon! 

Art Voisin and Mary too!

Hi George- 

We miss you so much here! Thank you so much for everything you have given to this activity. Your work made it so I actually had a chance and I know that it is true for many others as well. Hopefully we will be heading to Chicago in a few weeks and we will be able to stop by and visit. I hope you are doing well and we will see you soon! 

-Michelle Kesling

You were a fundamental influence in my decision to return to graduate school. You were the first person who had told me that I could teach debate in the future if I only got my graduate degrees. It took a while to start, but I am here because George Ziegelmueller said I should do it. I remember your lectures still from when I was in high school at the WSU debate camp. I cannot express the appreciation I have for how much you have done for the community. Every time I walk by the trophy cases at Manoogian Hall, I know that I am a part of a tradition that you built, and could not be more proud. There is no place else I would rather be than trying to carry on the tradition of success and education at Wayne State University. 

Craig Hennigan

As you know, i never participated with your debate team, but i remember you fondly as a great teacher and as a winning influence with your debaters that i hung out with - sharon howell and jack kay particularly. 

George, we have not seen each other in many years, but you are often in my thoughts. Your guidance and mentoring always provided the Wayne State students and assistants with needed direction. And I always cherished our friendship. Best wishes to you and your family.

Steve Simmons