Joseph Synan was born to Irish immigrant parents, Mary Elizabeth Sullivan and Michael Joseph Synan, on April 5, 1911. At the time, he had only one older sister, but eventually his family would grow to include five girls and three boys. He attended St. Francis Xavier elementary school and continued on to St. Joseph's Normal Institute. He received an AB from De La Salle College in Washington, DC, and his MA from Manhattan College.
Joseph received the habit and the religious name Adelbert George in 1928. He then began his lengthy (and esteemed) career as a teacher. From 1932-1935, he worked at St. Augustine's before moving on to De La Salle High School in Detroit, where he taught for almost 10 years. He returned briefly to New York to teach at St. Joseph's, before moving on to St. Mary's in Massachusetts in 1946. He taught at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn from 1948-1957, and then returned to Michigan to teach at De La Salle Collegiate in Detroit until he retired to De La Salle Hall in 1997.
Along the way, Br. George was heavily involved in fixing the issues in his community, especially when he was working in Michigan. He was honored by many esteemed institutions, including the State of Michigan. His public works inspired him to write a letter to President Jimmy Carter (the response is included in his correspondence).
Br. George passed away in Lincroft, NJ on June 14, 2002, after spending over 70 years as a Christian Brother.