This past week, the nation bade farewell to George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. In South Jersey, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) paid tribute to the former president with flags flown at half-mast and recollections of a time 47 years ago when the then United States ambassador to the United Nations visited the campus to celebrate the opening of a new community college in Gloucester County.
In 1971, Gloucester County College (now RCGC) opened the doors of its $5.3 million campus in Deptford Township following six years of planning and waiting for the college to become a reality. On Sunday, May 9, the formal dedication of the 270-acre campus began with the laying of the cornerstone followed by remarks from a guest speaker—United States ambassador to the United Nations George H. W. Bush.
For a brief look back in time, listen to Ambassador Bush deliver his address to the Gloucester County College community.