George G. Carey died in his home in Tenants Harbor, Maine, on March 2, 2013. An Indiana University graduate, Carey taught at the University of University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He wrote Maryland Folklore, and served as Maryland's State Folklorist 1974-75. See http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/george-g-carey/972520.
George Carey was introduced to Folklore at Middlebury College under the teaching of professor Horace P. Beck, AFS Fellow.They became close friends, enhanced by their mutual sailing interests, and shared interests in maritime folk culture, oral history, and associated lore. Carey's dedicated fieldwork among watermen on the Eastern Shore in the 1960s and 70s, especially storytellers who shared narratives and folk beliefs, in many ways echoed and complemented what Beck had done in coastal Maine and Atlantic Canadian locales. Both scholars did much to promote the challenging and oft memorable results of "face-to-face" ethnographic fieldwork, these with descriptive and revealing emphasis on sense of place, persons, and local environment contexts.