With word of Senator George McGovern's passing on Sunday October 21, 2012 the praises have been pouring in from around the country ranging from fellow South Dakotans to the man in the Oval Office. But those who knew him best, describe him as a great and honest man; a historian who made an impressionable difference for this country and the world. Nancy Naeve Brown has more from one of those long-time friends.
So many things will be said about Senator George McGovern in the coming days. One of his long time friends Jack Marsh wants you to know this about him: He says he was a South Dakotan through and through, married the love of his life, was a great father to 5 children, and went on to achieve greatness as a dedicated public servant.
"You think about the great impact he'd had on the world. Everyone in South Dakota is very familiar with his time in Congress and the Senate and maybe somewhat familiar with his work in the Kennedy administration but they need to understand George McGovern is responsible for feeding millions children throughout the world. He's had a global impact as an elder statesman, "Jack Marsh President and CEO of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute said.
Marsh got to know Mr. McGovern personally after he left the Argus Leader and went to work for the Freedom Forum, which has an office at USD, back in 1998. Marsh helped reconnect his boss Al Neuharth with an old friend, George McGovern both native South Dakotans who's wives were first cousins and in the process Marsh developed a tight friendship with the man he calls a champion of decency.
"I think George McGovern is a role model for all of us, a role model on how we should think and act, a man of incredible kindness, a man of compassion, a man who promoted civility, decency, and bipartisanship. And I would hope maybe in this country right now we can look back on what George McGovern taught us and return to a more civil society, "Marsh said.
McGovern understood the importance of learning from history. Marsh hopes we take a life-lesson from a man who was nothing if not a brilliant life-long teacher.
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