Gold Medallion Award


Presenting the 1983  ISHOF Gold Medallion Award Winner...
Barry Goldwater
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Even as we honor our Honorees, the Hall of Fame is honored with the appearance of Barry Goldwater, a veteran swimmer who has made a name for himself in politics.  The senator from Arizona, often called "The Conscience of the Congress", is one of the most respected and influential figures in American public life.  As the GOP presidential candidate in 1964, he faced a landslide by LBJ which might have discouraged a lesser man.  But Barry Goldwater rebounded to run again for the Senate where he is regarded as a moral anchor.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona territory, January 1, 1909, he was educated in Phoenix and at Staunton Military Academy.  It was at Staunton where he developed as a swimmer and was on a world record relay team.  Goldwater has been an ardent swimmer ever since.  He is a World War II veteran and is now a retired Major General in the U.S.A.F. Reserve, having logged more than 10,000 hours of flying time in 96 different types of aircraft.

He was elected to this first term in the Senate in 1952, re-elected in 1958, resigning in 1964 to run for President, and ultimately re-elected in 1968 and again in 1974 and 1980.  Goldwater's senatorial memberships include Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Armed Services Preparedness Investigating Sub-committee, National Stockpile and Naval Petroleum Reserves Subcommittee.

Senator Goldwater is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling
The Conscience of a Conservative.


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