George H.W. Bush Passes at 94

In a statement released by the Bush family, George H.W. Bush died on Friday at the age of 94.

In 1989 Bush was elected as the 41st President of the United States, this following 8 years as the Vice President under Ronald Regan.  The father of the 43rd President George W. Bush, Bush Sr. fought in WW2 after enlisting in the Navy as a pilot after the attack on Pearl Harbor at the age of 18 – he was at the time the youngest ever naval aviator.  Through 1944, Bush Sr. flew 58 combat missions, one of which where his torpedo bomber was shot down over the Pacific and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery in action.

After the war Bush went on to attend Yale where he earned a bachelors in economics, was the captain of the baseball team, a member of the cheer squad, and like his father before him was a brother in the Skull and Bones secret society.

Through his father’s connections, Bush was then able to go on into the oil business in Texas where he became president of the Zapata offshore company.  After his career in oil, Bush became enmeshed in politics, serving as a congressman, an envoy to China, and the director the CIA.

Bush’s death comes close to eight months after the death of is wife of 73, former First Lady Barbara Bush.