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In her spare time she got involved with the Fellowship of Reconciliation in a project in Des Moines (Iowa) that highlighted a flood plain near the city's African-American section used as community gardens.
George headed up the history department at New Mexico State Teachers' College in 1942.
He then served with the War Relocation Authority during WWII, in charge of Japanese-Americans in Montana and Colorado, from June to December of 1943.
When he was drafted, he was granted conscientious objector status, and opted to enter alternative service.
George was involved with the Committee for Non-Violent Action (CNVA), formed in 1957 to resist the U. Government's program of nuclear weapons testing, one of the first organizations to employ direct nonviolent action to protest against the nuclear arms race.
In 1958, George was a member of the four-man crew of The Golden Rule, a 30-foot ketch which sailed from San Pedro (California) to Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands, to protest the testing of nuclear bombs. Huntington, James Peck, Orion Sherwood, and skipper Albert Bigelow, George was arrested five nautical miles from Honolulu and sentenced to 60 days in jail.
This was part of the Movement for a New Society, which established various such houses for similar purposes.
This interest in nonviolence training took George and Lillian to India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other countries many times over the last few decades of their lives (at times George went alone for long periods).
In 2004, Lillian and other activists spent seven days in the federal detention center in Philadelphia for blocking the entrance to the Federal Building in a protest against the Iraq war. In a statement read in court, she summed up her philosophy: "I am approaching my 90th year…He was also a co-founder of the Muste Institute's International Nonviolence Training Fund.George was given the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhism in 2002; there was a recommendation for Lillian to receive it in 2008. declared war on Iraq after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Lillian became fearlessly outspoken for peace.12A-002, 2013-022] Processing Information Processed by Anne M.Yoder (Archivist), with the help of interns, August 2010, and for later accessions Preferred Citation [Identification of item], in the George Willoughby and Lillian Willoughby Papers (DG 236), Swarthmore College Peace Collection Copyright Notice Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law George Wilson Willoughby was born in Cheyenne (Wyoming) on December 9, 1914.