Saturday, June 21, 2014

Seymour High honors alumnus at graduation

Honoree George Alex Savitsky

SEYMOUR - A member of Seymour High School Class of 1963 was recognized as the school's 21st distinguished alumnus during Friday's commencement ceremony at DeBarber Field.

Ret. Air Force Maj. George Alex Savitsky of Las Vegas, Nev., lived in Seymour for the first 18 years of his life and said he has never forgotten his roots. "I owe a huge debt to many in Seymour," he said.

Savitsky spoke to the graduates about the importance of gratitude and of telling those who have supported them that they love and appreciate them. His speech was moving and no doubt an inspirational one for his young audience.

Savitsky graduated from the Air Force Academy and flew 153 combat missions in 1969-70 during the Vietnam War.

He told me memories of his service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War can be read in a compilation of stories contributed by him and his fellow forward air controllers in The Tiger Facs: A Dance with the Devil by Don Bell. 
Savitsky said he donated a copy of the book to the school library.

I enjoyed meeting Savitsky and learning about his many accomplishments throughout his varied career. 
And to think he came from humble beginnings right here in the Valley.

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