Seventy-1 several years just after leaving college or university to enlist in the U.S. Military throughout the Korean War, 90-calendar year-previous Richard Salkind now has his diploma. At a specific ceremony in entrance of Salkind’s dwelling in Dumont, N.J., on March 30, FDU President Christopher A. Capuano and University Provost and Senior Vice President for Tutorial Affairs Michael Avaltroni awarded Salkind his Bachelor of Arts degree.
“We are very happy of our historical legacy of supporting veterans and happy to be amongst the most veteran-helpful universities in New Jersey. And currently, we are especially proud to understand this remarkable veteran,” explained President Capuano.
Along with household and close friends, a quantity of other dignitaries were being on hand to honor Salkind which include elected officers and associates from a variety of armed service and veterans expert services organizations.
“I am in awe of this gathering,” Salkind said. “I have lived 90 a long time and hardly ever experienced the occasion to be honored like this. I have experienced ups and downs, pleasure and sorrow, and I have prevail over every little thing, and in this article I am. I’d just like to say I love my family, I love my school and I really like my country. With all my heart, I thank you all.”
Salkind remaining faculty mid-semester in 1951. On his return to the United States immediately after the war, he married, lifted five children and ran a profitable trucking company. But he had some unfinished organization — earning his university degree. On return from the war, he enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan (then named Teaneck-Hackensack) Campus and attended evening courses. Regretably, his commitments to his operate and household created it hard for him to finish his diploma.
Many years afterwards, though, he understood he preferred to complete what he begun. Just 14 credits shy of his bachelor’s requirements, he attained out to FDU a short while ago and was referred to Frank Pantaleo, who advises learners in the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Scientific studies method.
Provost Avaltroni said, “Frank, who is a Maritime Corps veteran and very pleased FDU alumnus, was capable to establish credits that have been approved by the American Council on Training for Mr. Salkind’s military education. In fact, his instruction as a Morse Code Intercept Operator and Technician was decided to be value 27 credits far more than ample to qualify him for his Bachelor of Arts diploma in Individualized Experiments.”
Among the many other honors offered to Salkind was a resolution from Point out Senator Holly Schepisi, who thanked him for his assistance and for “teaching the absolute definition of perseverance. You under no circumstances gave up on your desire.”
Shaun Hutchinson, the director of Bergen County Veterans Products and services, presented various medals to Salkind, together with the Distinguished Service Medal and the Korean Assistance Medal from the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the Bergen County Military Company Medal.
Bergen County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Tracy Zur presented a quotation from the board. She thanked Salkind for his services and instructed him, “You inspire me. It’s not everyone who will get their own graduation ceremony.” She also thanked the University for its assistance of the nation’s veterans.
Dumont Mayor Andrew LaBruno proclaimed March 30 as Richard Salkind Day in Dumont. Also, Carl Singer, retired U.S. Military colonel and FDU alumnus, offered a plaque on behalf of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.
Eventually, Martha Papson Garcia, director of FDU’s Place of work of Veterans Products and services, who coordinated the special degree ceremony, presented to Salkind a shadow box from the office and FDU’s Scholar Veterans Association.
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