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Garry A. Mendez, Jr. '58

Garry A. Mendez, Jr., Hobart class of 1958, the 23rd recipient, graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in sociology. He came to Hobart to play football, was recognized for his success as "Little All-American," and is a member of the Hobart Statesmen Hall of Fame. In a world where personal obligation and responsibility have become almost passť, where a neglect dominates American life, and where families and communities seem adrift, Garry's programs build self-esteem, respect, and personal responsibility for one's behavior. Through the teaching of African-American history and culture, people gain a sense that they are assets to the community and that they can learn to help themselves. As Garry has put it "All things that you need are within you, or within your circle of friends." This credo, more than anything else, clearly defines the vision and work of Garry Mendez. Whether, working with children in his highly acclaimed "Children of the Sun" school program, which focuses on preventing risks to families and community; teaching prisoners how to help themselves; or testifying before Congress on important areas of public policy, Garry Mendez has touched lives and brought pride and hope all across the nation.

 

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Garry A. Mendez, Jr.
Hobart Class of 1958


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