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Celebrating The Legacy of George M. Ring
Friday, June 14, 2013 by: Laurie Pine
Seton Hall University celebrates the legacy of George M. Ring, a former member of the Board of Regents and one of the Universitys most dedicated supporters, who passed away on June 7. Mr. Ring served on the Board of Regents from 1984 to 2002 and on the Board of Trustees from 1997-2001. Named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1987, he earned a B.S. in finance (65) and an M.B.A. (71) from the University. His numerous University accolades include his induction into the Stillman School of Business Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and the Universitys Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a student, he was a member of the Finance Association, the Booster Club, the Scholarship Club, the Gaelic Society and the Pershing Rifles. He was also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon and Beta Gamma Sigma. In honor of the many years of service and philanthropic support by him and his wife, Dee, his name adorns the George M. Ring building, which houses the division of University Advancement.
A First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mr. Ring was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Air Medal with V first oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with V first oak leaf cluster, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, all for his service during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Ring flew so many combat battles during the war that visitors to his office would love to hear about his adventures but hed rather tell a great story about a Seton Hall basketball game. He and his son, Justin, were fixtures at the mens basketball games, and he would often fly around the country to cheer on his beloved Pirates. He was there for Seton Halls magic run in 1989, culminating in the Final Four Big East Championship in Michigan. He also supported the Universitys other athletic teams and always attended Pirate Blue golf outings.
His love of Seton Hall included a commitment to academic achievement and support for outstanding student athletes and the ROTC program. That drive to excellence benefitted many units across the University, for example, the Science and Technology Center, to the construction of which he made a $1 million leadership gift. His generosity also helped to renovate the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception as the spiritual heart of Seton Hall.
Mr. Rings endearing spirit lifts us all and our prayers go to him; his wife, Dee; their son, Justin; their daughter, Francesca OGrady; and her husband, Mike; and their extended family and friends.
President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
George M. Ring
Rank and Organization: Second Lieutenant Infantry, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Date and Place: 7 January 1968, Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Second Lieutenant Ring distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 7 January 1968 as an infantry platoon leader during a mission in the Que Son Valley. A sister unit became encircled by a large enemy force, and Lieutenant Ring repeatedly exposed himself to heavy hostile fire as he led his men through enemy lines to reach and relieve the pressure on the embattled company. As the trapped company broke out of the encirclement, Lieutenant Ring remained behind to organize and evacuate the wounded. The enemy closed the breach in their envelopment, leaving him and en element of fifty men completely surrounded. After making several attempts to break through the enemy lines, the small detachment formed a defensive perimeter. Lieutenant Ring then called in and adjusted a concentrated ring of artillery fire around the position.
The North Vietnamese Army troops repeatedly assaulted the defenders, attempting to overrun their position. Each attack was successfully repulsed as Lieutenant Ring skillfully coordinated and adjusted artillery barrages and the small arms and automatic weapons fire of his men on the assaulting troops. During one attack a group of enemy soldiers made their way to within three meters of where the elements wounded were lying. Lieutenant Ring immediately charged the intruders and killed them with rifle fire. Second Lieutenant Rings extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.