BOSTON (CBS) — George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, was born and attended school in Massachusetts. The former president passed away late Friday night at age 94.
Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. All day long people came and paid respects at the home on Adams Street, marked with a plaque commemorating President Bush’s birth.
“I just think that it’s important that people pay their respects,” said Bob Scannell, who was planting flags at the plaque. “This man gave up his entire life in service to the country. I think that should be recognized. I think it’s important whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or otherwise.
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He is also being remembered at Philips Academy in Andover. Young George graduated from the school in 1942. He also pursued his lifelong love of baseball, playing first base on the academy squad.
Bush served on the school’s Board of Trustees for 16 years and returned to the campus several times. He also sent his three sons there: George graduated in 1964, Jeb graduated in 1971, and Marvin in 1975, Phillips Academy said.
His affection for baseball came through years later when Mr. Bush made a final visit to Phillips in 2015.
“It was a rainy day and he was supposed to go home and he asked the Secret Service to stay a little longer and with a twinkle in his eye he asked for a golf cart tour,” said Phillips Academy Head of School John Palfrey.
“So I got to drive President Bush around the campus on a rainy day in a golf cart all around to the places that he loved and particularly he wanted to check out the baseball field, which is where we ended the tour.”
He never forgot his Alma mater even planting a tree from the White House on campus while he was president in honor of George Washington’s visit to Phillips 200 years earlier.
Full Statement from John Palfrey, Phillips Academy Head of School:
“On November 30, 2018, the United States and global community lost a legendary statesman, international diplomat and war hero who devoted his life to serving his country. Our hearts are heavier still, given the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush just months ago.
The Phillips Academy community extends thoughts and prayers to the Bush family and President Bush’s many admirers who stand on both sides of the political aisle. And we reflect upon the legacy of our alumnus from the Class of 1942.
From Andover class president to Commander-in-Chief, George Bush embodied the school’s founding principle non sibi (not for self) and embraced the belief that public service—in support of one’s neighbor, community or country—is the noblest calling.
Setting aside our individual politics, the Andover community remembers President George Herbert Walker Bush for his leadership as the 41st President of the United States, the first vice president to be elected president since 1836.
His legacy extends from the White House to Andover Hill. We celebrate his many contributions to our campus community, including those as class leader, varsity athlete and loyal alumnus. “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. We are grateful for his generous philanthropy and optimism; we remain deeply moved by his expression of hope for future generations of students.
Accompanied by Mrs. Bush, the president last visited campus on Sept. 30, 2015, making a surprise appearance during All-School Meeting. At 91 years old, the president was energized by the standing ovation of a Cochran Chapel audience brimming with students, faculty and staff. “Thank you for that warm Andover welcome back to the school that has meant so much to me in my life,” he said.
“It always gives me great joy to return to Andover,” he reflected, after sharing a private lunch with students. “The lessons learned and the relationships forged here have meant so much throughout my full and adventurous life, and I could wish nothing more for every student who is so blessed to walk on this campus.”
I will forever be inspired by President Bush’s devotion to Andover, his long-held belief in our school’s mission and his heartfelt interest in the lives of students across generations. What an extraordinary privilege for our campus community to have shared that special September day with President and Mrs. Bush, and for many in our extended alumni community to have known him as a friend and their country’s 41st president.”