Alfred Hans "Al" Jorgensen, 77, of Dawsonville, died Oct. 28, 2011.
Born May 1, 1934 in South Gate, Calif., to the late Peter and Anna Christine Jorgensen, he had lived in Dawson County for 20 years, having moved from Dunwoody.
Mr. Jorgensen graduated from George Washington High School in Los Angeles, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, attended El Camino College, UCLA and the Harvard Business School.
Early in his career, Al helped to develop a computer system for the first nuclear power plant. He was a pioneer in the computer industry and during his career served as CEO of five companies.
After retiring from Sprint, he became an adjunct professor in the graduate program at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University where he taught a class on entrepreneurship.
Mr. Jorgensen possessed a love for sailing, helped establish the Dawson County Humane Society and was a past chairman of the Dawson County Relay for Life.
Al was a generous and giving person who shared his resources to better his community and fellow man. He invested his time acting as a mentor and counsel to many on the subjects of business and life.
He would not hesitate to take time out of his day to help a person in need. He was a lifelong car enthusiast, building and restoring hot rod cars and trucks and proudly showing them at local car shows in Dawsonville.
Al was an active member of New Hope United Methodist Church in Gainesville where he was a member of the men's group.
Al was married for 51 years to his wife, Carole Jorgensen.
His beloved son, Mark Jorgensen, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Carole Jorgensen of Dawsonville; daughter and son-in-law, Lora and Lincoln Havens of Wake Forest, N.C.; five grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Ned Ryder of Lafayette, Calif.; various other relatives also survive.
Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 a New Hope United Methodist Church with the Pastor Larry Patton officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 11 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested made to a fund established in Al's name for New Hope United Methodist Church, 4815 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville, GA 30506.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville is in charge of the arrangements.