Photo of George Karas, Oakland University's first employee

George Karas was the first employee of the yet-to-be-built Michigan State University-Oakland in 1957.

Remembering George Karas, OU’s first employee

In the Fall of 1957, George Karas became the first employee of the yet-to-be-built Michigan State University-Oakland. He was hired personally by university founder Matilda Dodge Wilson and was the 18th engineer to work at Meadow Brook Hall.

With a background in civil engineering and construction, George was a steady influence on the development of Oakland University’s campus for 30 years. For 10 of those years, he was an invaluable employee and friend to Matilda Wilson.

George passed away on February 26. He was 94. He was a great friend to Meadow Brook Hall, and we will greatly miss him, his incredible memory, his entertaining storytelling, his dignity and humility.

Memorial contributions in George’s honor can be made to the Meadow Brook Garden Club. Please click here to make a donation.