Seton Hall University celebrates the legacy of George M. Ring, a former member of the Board of Regents and one of the University’s 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 University’s 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 he’d rather tell a great story about a Seton Hall basketball game. He and his son, Justin, were fixtures at the men’s basketball games, and he would often fly around the country to cheer on his beloved Pirates. He was there for Seton Hall’s magic run in 1989, culminating in the Final Four Big East Championship in Michigan. He also supported the University’s 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. Ring’s endearing spirit lifts us all and our prayers go to him; his wife, Dee; their son, Justin; their daughter, Francesca O’Grady; and her husband, Mike; and their extended family and friends.
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