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President George Herbert Walker Bush died in his home on November 30th following a long battle with Vascular Parkinson’s disease. Below is a brief overview of his life:
Born June 12th, 1924 to Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 – 1972) and Dorothy Bush (1901 – 1992).
Attended Greenwich Country Day School
Attended Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts from 1938
Held numerous leadership positions including President of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of the varsity baseball and soccer teams
Served in the US Navy as a naval aviator from 1942 until 1945
Attained the rank of junior-grade Lieutenant
Earnt the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and President Unit Citation
Married Barbara Bush (1925 – 2018) in January 1945
Fathered six children: President George W. Bush (1946 – ), Robin Bush (1949 – 1953), Jeb Bush (1953 – ), Neil Bush (1955 – ), Marvin Bush (1956 – ), and Doro Bush (1959 – ).
Enrolled at Yale University where he earnt an undergraduate degree in economics on an accelerated program which allowed him to complete his studies in two years.
Elected President of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity
Captain of the Yale Baseball Team with whom he played two college world series as a left-handed batsman
Became a member of the secret Skull and Bones Society
Elected Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest academic honour society, upon graduating Yale in 1948.
Worked as an oil field equipment salesman for Dressler Industries
Established Bush-Overby Oil Development Company in 1951
Co-founded Zapata Petroleum Corporation, which drilled in Texas’ Permian Basin, in 1953
Became President of Zapata Offshore Company
After Zapata Offshore Company became independent in 1959, Bush served as its President until 1964 and then Chairman until 1966
Elected Chairman of the Harris County, Texas Republican Party
Ran against Democrat incumbent Ralph W. Yarborough for the US Senate in 1964, but lost
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1966
Appointed to the Ways and Means Committee
Ran against Democrat Lloyd Bentsen for a seat in the Senate in 1970, but lost
Served as the US Ambassador the United Nations from 1971 to 1973.
Served as Chairman of the Republican Nation Committee from 1973 to 1974.
Appointed Chief of the US Liason Office in the People’s Republic of China from 1974 to 1975.
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1977.
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the First International Bank in 1977
Part-time Professor of Administrative Science at Rice University’s Jones School of Businesses in 1978
Director of the Council On Foreign Relations between 1977 and 1979.
Sought the Republican nomination for President in 1980 but lost to Ronald Reagan.
Served as Vice President from 1981 to 1989.
Elected President of the United States in 1988.
President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.
Defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1992 Presidential election
Awarded an honourary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
Chairman of the board of trustee for Eisenhower Fellowships from 1993 to 1999
Chairman of the National Constitution Centre from 2007 to 2009.
Became a widower after seventy-three-years of marriage.