George was born November 23, 1931 to Herman and Florence (Griffiths) Kessler in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three children. George married Janet (Andrews) Kessler on September 3, 1955. Together, they raised four children and resided in Bowie, MD from 1963 until relocating to Pennsylvania in 1995.
George is preceded in death by his father, mother and brothers William L. Kessler (Penny) and Herman R. Kessler, Jr. (June).
Raised in Shickshinny, PA, George attended Shickshinny High School, and, upon graduation in 1949, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his three-year career in the military, George developed the deep-rooted patriotism, honor, and commitment that would shape his life and, ultimately, his career path. It was here that George was introduced to Arabic and excelled in his mastery of the language. He also excelled on the Marine Corps football team, where he was affectionately known as “the brains of the football team”. George went on to attend Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and graduated with a pre-law degree in 1957.
He then began his 36-year career at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland as an intelligence analyst and Arabic linguist.