I’m so sorry to announce that George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away on 30 November at his home in Houston. His unparalleled legacy of public service will continue to inspire all of us at the Bush School, as will his personal example as a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He was absolutely committed to making the Bush School of Government and Public Service a place where men and women who were called to serve their fellow citizens came to prepare themselves for the challenge. Since the first class entered these halls, the School has reflected his passion for public service as a noble calling. His commitment to making that vision a reality undergirds all we do at the School today. We seek to inculcate in our students his life-long values of service to others, the importance of education, and his dedication to excellence.
From its very beginning, President Bush was an active participant in the School’s activities, as he forged a strong connection with our students and faculty, sharing his broad experience and expertise freely, and enriching the experience for each of them. His visits to the campus were the highlight of the academic year, as was his unassuming manner, which put students at ease in talking with and learning from him.
All of us associated with the Bush School now mourn the loss of this remarkable man who served our nation so proudly and with such incredible honor. We will strive to be worthy of his devotion to the School, and will honor his life’s work by continuing to pass on to our students the principled leadership and professional values he demonstrated throughout his life.
We send our deepest sympathy to the entire Bush family and all those who knew and loved him.