This month would normally be when we would be gathering to honor our Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Award winners at a gala dinner ceremony. Sadly, we are unable to do that this year.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to postpone this year's Awards Dinner until the fall of 2021, when we will honor former EGRPS Custodial Supervisor Bruce Towne and CDR. Bill Krissoff, MD, Medical Corps, United States Navy (Ret.).
Bruce Towne spent 23 years as an EGRPS custodian, but that doesn't begin to describe the difference he made in our community. Towne's enthusiasm, friendliness, energy, and passion made him among the most well known and well loved people in town. When he worked his last day for the schools earlier this year, it was a bittersweet occasion that overflowed with gratitude and appreciation. Towne will be honored with the Community Service Award.
Commander Krissoff, who graduated from EGRHS in 1964, is an orthopedic surgeon who honored his fallen Marine son Nate in an extraordinary way. After Nate was killed in action in Iraq, Dr. Krissoff, at age 60, decided to walk away from his thriving practice to join the United States Navy Medical Corps. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, caring for injured soldiers. Major General Larry Nicholson, who had been Nate's regimental commander in Iraq, served as the top Marine general in southern Afghanistan during Krissoff's time there. "Bill made a difference for good every day," said Nicholson. "There can be no greater act of love by a father for his fallen son than to take his place in the ranks in the midst of war." Commander Krissoff will be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Please consult the Awards Dinner page on our website for updated information.