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Celebrity Prep School Grad of the Week: George H. W. Bush

We spent a lot of time pondering the right things to share in honor of GHWB. To learn more about his legacy, check out this audiobook.

GHWB was also known for his iconic sock collection.

As we honor the late, great George H. W. Bush, we couldn't think of a better way to capture his time at Phillips Andover than this obituary from The Eagle Tribune.

ANDOVER — As the word of the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush spread through the nation, the flags outside of Andover’s Town Offices, and others across the nation, flew at half-staff.
The 41st president died Friday night at his Houston home at age 94.
Born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924, the young Bush would soon find a temporary home in Andover after a move to Greenwich, Connecticut, during his younger years.
Returning to the state of his birth in 1938, Bush attended Phillips Academy, an exclusively boys school at the time. Known as “Poppy” to his peers, referring to his paternal attitude, Bush developed a heavy list of accomplishments through his years at the academy.
He was an accomplished varsity athlete, member of the school newspaper’s editorial board, and president of his senior class for one term.
His title as president of the senior class would one day evolve to president of the United States of America in 1989.
Bush returned to Phillips Academy in 1988, to mark the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s visit to the school.
“I find that, even as president of the United States, I am lifted up by friendships. And the friendships that I made at Andover have lasted me many, many years,” said Bush in an interview with the Eagle-Tribune, during his visit to the school.
The school remembered their loyal alumnus on the homepage of their website with a statement from the Head of School John Palfrey and several images of Bush, during his time in Andover.
“‘Poppy,’ as he was known during his Andover days, brought his kind spirit, sharp wit and fair-minded leadership to 16 years of service as a trustee,” said Palfrey. “We are grateful for his generous philanthropy and optimism; we remain deeply moved by his expression of hope for future generations of students.”
Palfrey noted Bush’s last visit to the school on Sept. 30, 2015 at age 91. Accompanied by his wife, Barbara, Bush made a surprise appearance during All-School Meeting and was greeted with a standing ovation.
Palfrey recalled Bush saying to the crowd of students, faculty and staff during his visit: “Thank you for that warm Andover welcome back to the school that has meant so much to me in my life.”
As prominent United States officials took to social media with kind words and condolences, local Andover officials also shared respectful words on the late president.
Selectman Paul Salafia recalled meeting Bush at a Fourth of July parade in Bristol, N.H. He also noted a time in Kennebunkport, Maine, when Bush rode by him on his boat.
“I took my sons out and we all shook his hand,” said Salafia, adding that Bush was a very kind man. “I certainly do respect the integrity and stability he brought to the office of the presidency.”
Not only was Andover the home of a portion of Bush’s education, but also the home of where he met his wife, Barbara Pierce.
The two met during a Christmas dance when Bush was 17 and Barbara was 16. They were engaged 18 months later, and would marry in New York on Jan. 6, 1945.
Bush’s son, 43rd President George Walker Bush, would follow in his father’s footsteps and attend Phillips Academy and graduated as a member of the Class of 1964.

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