George Fellows is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from Yakima High School in 1947, and received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., that same year. He graduated from Kings Point in 1951, receiving a BS degree in Nautical Science, a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and a Coast Guard license to sail as an officer on any steam or motor vessel of unlimited tonnage in any ocean.
He sailed as a deck officer with American Export Lines until late 1952, when he volunteered for active Navy duty during the Korean War. He was assigned to the Special Projects Office of the Military Sea Transportation Service at the New York Port of Embarkation in Brooklyn. The office coordinated military and civilian shipping in support of construction of the Distant Early Warning Radar System (DEW Line) across the northern Canadian border. The DEW Line was designed to detect incoming missiles from the USSR long before the satellite era.
In 1954, Fellows was released from active duty and accepted employment with a small commercial bank in Seattle. In 1962, FBI Special Agents who were investigating the Adolph Coors kidnap case, recruited him to join the FBI.
Following training in Washington, D.C., and Quantico, Va., he served in offices located in Albuquerque and Roswell, N.M.; New Orleans and Shreveport, La.; Los Angeles; Buffalo, N.Y.; Honolulu; Guam; and San Diego, where he retired in 1983.
Following retirement, Fellows worked as an independent contractor working with the F.B.I., C.I.A., Customs Service, Department of Defense, and Air Force at various periods. He is licensed by the State of California as a private investigator, and holds a private pilot license.
Fellows is a long-term member of the American Legion and of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. George and his wife, Rose, live in Encinitas. They have two children, six grandchildren and four great grandsons.