REMEMBERING GEORGE MITROVICH; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 138
(Extensions of Remarks - August 23, 2019)

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                      REMEMBERING GEORGE MITROVICH

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                       HON. JOSEPH P. KENNEDY III

                            of massachusetts

                    in the house of representatives

                        Friday, August 23, 2019

  Mr. KENNEDY. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of a 
dear friend, inspiring public servant and brilliant writer, George 
Mitrovich.
  A native, proud San Diegan, his fingerprints can be found across the 
city he loved dearly.
  Even when careers and callings drew him across the country to the 
East Coast, George's heart never strayed from home.
  And one of those jobs that pulled him away was the presidential 
campaign of my grandfather, Robert F. Kennedy. He was a devoted member 
of the press team, and his friendship with my family never waned. As 
the years turned into decades, George was always there. His enthusiasm 
as infectious as ever as he rattled through stories of politics and 
baseball, and the pity he felt for anyone silly enough to live anywhere 
but San Diego.
  In the years that followed, George worked for politicians on both 
sides of the aisle and became a trusted advisor and close friend for 
countless Members of Congress and Senators.
  After his work in Washington came to an end, he returned home to 
found The City Club of San Diego in 1975 to leverage his greatest 
skill, building relationships and creating connections.
  Over nearly five decades, George brought presidents, senators, 
authors, athletes, journalists and friends to The City Club to tell 
stories, confront challenges and strengthen friendships.
  But through it all, his greatest love never strayed far from his 
heart or mind, baseball.
  It was that love that helped him as he shepherded Petco Park into San 
Diego.
  And in the months before his passing, he was known to travel with his 
2018 Red Sox World Series ring and share it with anyone he came across.
  George was a man whose spotlight exposed the greatest traits of every 
person he met. He will be dearly missed.
  As we mourn his loss, my thoughts and prayers are with his wife, La 
Verle, and his children, Carolyn, Mark and Tim.

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