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George Eastman

Also Known As: "founded the Eastman Kodak Company"
Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Waterville, Oneida County, New York, United States
Death: March 14, 1932 (77)
Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, United States (Suicide shot himself in the heart after intense pain caused by a disorder affecting his spine)
Place of Burial: Kodak Park, Rochester, Monroe County, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of George Washington Eastman and Maria Eastman
Brother of Ellen Maria Andrus and Emma Kate Eastman

Occupation: Founder of Eastman Kodak, photograhper
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About George Eastman

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...George Eastman (July 12, 1854 – March 14, 1932) was an American inventor and philanthropist. He founded the Eastman Kodak Company and invented roll film, helping to bring photography to the mainstream. Roll film was also the basis for the invention of motion picture film in 1888 by the world's first filmmaker Louis Le Prince, and a few years later by his followers Léon Bouly, Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers and Georges Méliès..."

"...He was born in Waterville, New York..."

Later years

In 1925, Eastman gave up his daily management of Kodak to become treasurer. He thereafter concentrated on philanthropic activities, to which he had already donated substantial sums. For example, he donated funds to establish the Eastman Dental Dispensary, in 1916. He was one of the major philanthropists of his time, ranking only slightly behind Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and a few others, but did not seek publicity for his activities. He concentrated on institution-building and causes that could help people's health. He donated to the University of Rochester, establishing the Eastman School of Music and School of Dentistry; to Tuskegee Institute; and to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), donations that provided the capital to build several of their first buildings at their second campus along the Charles River. In his final two years, Eastman was in intense pain, caused by a degenerative disorder affecting his spine. He had trouble standing and his walking became a slow shuffle. Today it might be diagnosed as lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal caused by calcification in the vertebrae. Eastman grew depressed, as he had seen his mother spend the last two years of her life in a wheelchair from the same condition. On March 14, 1932, Eastman died by suicide with a single gunshot to the heart, leaving a note which read, "My work is done. Why wait?" His funeral was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester; he was buried on the grounds of the company he founded at Kodak Park in Rochester, New York.

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'George Eastman', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 19 August 2011, 21:22 UTC, <> [accessed 26 August 2011]

Interesting to note that when he opened his factory in Harrow back in 1898 he chose the area for three reasons: 1) It had a railway line, 2)There were fields where he could keep cattle, ( they used the hooves for making the gelatin for film production. 3) It sits on top of an artesian well, so good quality water was available.

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George Eastman's Timeline

July 12, 1854
United States
March 14, 1932
Age 77
United States
Mount Hope's Old Chapel Crematory, Rochester, Monroe County, New York
Kodak Park, Rochester, Monroe County, New York