Don Hewitt passes away

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    Apr 17, 2008
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    Two Kings Point attendees received honorary degrees at the 1999
    graduation. Don Hewitt, Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” reported
    for basic training in late 1942. In early 1943, when his sea year
    ship’s North Atlantic convoy came under attack by German submarines,
    he prayed for rescue “because I sure as hell didn’t want to
    freeze to death on a lifeboat. I’d already done that (during lifeboat
    drills) at Kings Point.” Ronald Byrne, Jr., a retired Air Force colonel
    who attended the Academy in the late ’40s was an Air Force pilot,
    shot down in 1965 and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese until
    1973. He told graduates that the most important thing he learned at
    Kings Point “was that a man is capable of more than he imagines he
    is capable of.” Admiral Stewart announced the founding of a faculty
    chair named for Byrne in ethics, morals and leadership by J. Smith
    Lanier ’50. Hewitt was given Honorary Alumnus status by the Alumni
    Chairman, Reggie Hayden ’60. Byrne, by virtue of his longevity
    at the Academy, was already a qualified alumnus.

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