George F. “Pete” Ely, a public relations, information and advertising specialist who ran his own operation, Business Productions Inc., from 1962 to 1975, died Sept. 28 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He was 87.
The cause was internal bleeding following an abdominal aneurysm, said his son, David A. Ely.
As chief executive of Business Productions, Mr. Ely oversaw the production of promotional films and other audiovisual presentations.
In later years, he was director of information and public affairs for the National Audio-Visual Association, director of product information for the National Forest Products Association and operator of the computer bulletin-board system in Washington for Kendrick & Co., from which he retired in 1992.
George Franklin Ely was a native of Lebanon, Pa., and a 1950 graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
He settled in the Washington area after college and held public relations, television and radio jobs and also worked for the National Association of Home Builders and the National Lumber Manufacturers Association before starting his own business. He was a Rockville resident.
He had done volunteer work at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Martha Jean Matter Ely of Rockville; two children, Carol A. Ely of Louisville and David A. Ely of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; a brother; and three grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes