George C. Tremblay – Appointed to Town Council

With the resignation of Steve Williams in early January, the Town Council had the choice under the Town Charter to leave the position open or make an appointment to replace Steve. The Council chose to appoint George Tremblay because of his previous experience on the Council, and the excellence and integrity of that service. George will serve until the end of this term in November.

For those unfamiliar with George, below is a brief biography.

George Tremblay

After a successful career as a Professor of Biochemistry, training graduate students and conducting scientific research, George retired from URI to the forest management of his land and the operation of a portable sawmill business. George has lived in Charlestown for 35 years, served on the Town Council from 2012-2016, and is a past member of the Planning Commission. George “sees the rural lifestyle that Charlestown offers just off the beach as a unique treasure inherited from the hard work and steady vigilance of past community leaders.” As his record over the past eight years shows, he is committed to challenging any initiative that threatens to undermine local control over planning, zoning, and development in ways that negatively impact the character of our community. 

As the breadth of George’s career writings indicates, biochemistry engages all areas of the life sciences, from aquaculture and botany to pharmacology and medical practice. As a biochemist, George has a broad knowledge of other scientific disciplines, which has helped to inform work done by the Planning Commission and the Town Council.

In his personal life, George is a leader in conservation and sustainability. George and his wife Sue spend their time managing a large garden and tree farm, growing their own food and fuel, and powering their home with solar panels. In 2016 the Tremblay’s took their commitment to Charlestown’s environment to a higher level by donating a permanent conservation easement over 40 acres of their wooded land. The easement, which is held by the Nature Conservancy and the Charlestown Land Trust, provides a buffer to the wetlands around Pasquiset Pond, part of an important drinking water recharge area for Charlstown.


  • Post-doctoral Fellow in Physiological Chemstry, Harvard Medical School
  • PhD in Biochemistry, Saint Louis University
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Biochemistry at URI, (retired)
  • Biochemistry and Biophysics Department Chairman
  • Author of articles published in journals of aquaculture, bacteriology, biochemistry, cancer research, medicine, nutrition, pediatrics, pharmacology, plant sciences, and zoology.  Major focus of work was biomedical research, drug action, and drug toxicity, some of which was applied in later years to aquaculture of Atlantic salmon.
  • Originator and project manager of research supported by the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the USDA
  • Until recently, he was the owner/operator of a portable sawmill business (South County Sawyer), and he is author of Starting a Portable Sawmill Business, published in the trade journal: Independent Sawmill and Woodlot Management

Public Service

  • Member of the Charlestown Town Council: 2012 to 2016
  • Council Liaison to the Planning Commission: 2012 to 2016
  • Member of the Charlestown Planning Commission: 2010 to 2012
  • Member of RI Forest Conservators Organization (RIFCO)