Vernon Edwin Unger Jr., 87 of Auburn, passed away Jan. 26, 2023, at Salude Nursing Home in Swanee, Georgia. Dr. Unger was born Dec. 14, 1935, to Vernon Edwin Unger Sr. and Ida Nagles Unger in Maryland. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home with burial following in Town Creek Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Unger served as department head of Industrial and Systems Engineering from 1979 to 1999. He was a professor of Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech from 1968 to 1979, served as president of Saugahatchee Country Club from 2007 to 2008. Ed was an avid ornithologist and bibliophilist.

Unger was preceded in death by his parents, Ida Nagle Unger and Vernon Edwin Unger Sr.; brother-in-law Williams Edward Arant Jr. He is survived by his wife Barbara Ann Unger of Auburn; children: Vernon Edwin Unger III and Kenneth Scott Unger, both of Georgia; sister: Barbara Unger Arant of Maryland; grandchildren: Brian Unger and wife Janelle of Florida, Kate Unger of Florida, Alex Unger and Josh Unger of Georgia; great-grandchildren: Cayden Unger and Kaylee Unger of Florida.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral is directing.


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