Sylvia Henkin on McGovern: "He was nature's nobleman"
A prominent Sioux Falls community member is sharing her thoughts on the passing of Senator George McGovern. Sylvia Henkin is a long time friend of McGovern who talks about the statesman and the humanitarian she admired.
"It takes people like McGovern to prove that South Dakota is a vibrant dedicated state - even though we didn't vote for him and I'm sorry about that, he has left his trademark all over the world," Henkin said.
It's that trademark Henkin is remembering tonight.
"We would have been so much better off if George would have been in the presidency at that time. He was nature's nobleman. A true gentleman statesman," Henkin said.
The last time she saw McGovern was at the state theatre.
"I was amazed to see him there. Surprised and yet not. I said 'George, I'm so glad to see you.' He took both hands - in fact, there's a wonderful picture of us that's been running in the paper. We're looking at each other, and he appreciated, and I was just thrilled that he had taken the time, because he been so busy. I never expected to see him there and that picture - I'll treasure it forever," Henkin said.
She'll also treasure the fact he was admired by so many.
"Admired not only by our country, but just miles ahead of his time. If he had a chance to instrument some of the things he thought about in 1972, with - Food For Peace was just one of them - I'm sure we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today," Henkin said.
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