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AASU to Award First Honorary Degree to Retired Urologist Irving Victor

Savannah, GA—For the first time in its sixty-six year history, Armstrong Atlantic State University will bestow an Honorary Doctor of Letters on one of its most tireless supporters, Irving Victor, M.D. Victor’s contributions to the university have been significant, including serving as past chairman of the Armstrong State College Foundation and past president of the Armstrong State College Alumni Association.

President Thomas Z. Jones will award the degree to Victor in recognition of his more than forty years of dedicated service. The degree will be awarded during the commencement ceremony for fall graduates on December 15. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 A.M. in the AASU Alumni Arena.

"I believe it is fitting that the first recipient of this honorary degree is an Armstrong Atlantic alumnus and an individual so well respected in our community for his humanitarian service," said Jones. "We are very proud and honored to recognize his many accomplishments."

Honorary degrees are awarded by institutions of higher learning as a way to recognize worthy individuals who, during their careers, have given outstanding service to these institutions, their profession, and the community. State universities are authorized by the Board of Regents to award up to two honorary degrees per year. The awarding of this degree is the highest distinction Armstrong Atlantic can bestow upon someone.

"This is the first honorary degree awarded in AASU's sixty-six year history," said Jones. "It doesn't mean that we will award one each year, but it sets the precedent for a periodic awarding of the honorary degree as warranted."

A retired Savannah urologist of more than forty years, Victor has received numerous awards—including the Humanitarian Service Award from the American Medical Association and the Physician’s Physician Award from the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association. He also has received the Distinguished Citizen’s Award from the Armstrong Alumni Association on three separate occasions.

Victor is a graduate of Armstrong Junior College, the University of Georgia — where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Scholastic Society — and the Medical College of Georgia, where he was selected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. As an Armstrong student, he was president of the sophomore class and class valedictorian. He lettered in tennis, was a member of the Monogram Club, and a charter member of Alpha Lambda Sigma, the Armstrong leadership society.

While Armstrong Junior College was still in the historic district, several building projects were undertaken. Victor was chairman of the fundraising committee that gathered the resources to build, most notably, the science building that now houses the United Way.

Victor was appointed by the mayor and aldermen to a seat on the Armstrong College Commission, the governing body that operated the college for the City of Savannah. A year later he was elected vice-chairman and eventually was elected chairman, a position he still holds. The Armstrong College Commission remained intact following the college’s inclusion in the University System of Georgia. Today, the commission oversees an endowment fund of some $350,000, the annual interest of which goes the university.

In 1972, Victor founded Chatham County Emergency Medical Services in conjunction with the Georgia Medical Society and has served as chairman and medical director of the Emergency Medical Services Council.

Victor is past president of the Georgia Medical Society and has served as chief of staff for St. Joseph's Hospital, Candler Hospital, and Memorial Medical Center on two separate occasions. Prior to being appointed to his current position as assistant to the president of St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Victor was vice president of medical affairs for the system.

Victor is past president of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, past chairman of the Coastal Area Planning and Development Commission, and past president of the Georgia Urological Association. He has served on the board of directors of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of the Coastal Empire, the Union Mission, Memorial Medical Center, the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association, and Provident Health Service.

During his distinguished career, Victor received numerous other awards, including the Humanitarian Award from the German Heritage Society for service in Viet Nam; and the John B. Rabun Community Service Award from the Georgia Medical Society. He was also named to the Armstrong Atlantic Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, his writings have been published in several notable medical journals.

December 4, 2001


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