USNA MOURNS PASSING OF DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE H. ROSS PEROT
POSTED ON: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:47 PM by email@example.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy family is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. H. Ross Perot, a graduate from the class of 1953.
Perot personified the principles of honor, integrity and leadership to our Nation, and will be greatly missed. He left a lasting mark on the institution by playing an integral part of developing the Naval Academy’s Honor Concept, which remains crucial to the Naval Academy’s mission to this day. On behalf of the entire Naval Academy family our heartfelt condolences go out to the Perot family.
A native Texan, Perot was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and reported in the summer of 1949. Ranking first in his class for military aptitude at the end of his plebe (freshman) year, he went on to become the class president. During his time at the academy he played intramural soccer, coxswained a rowing crew, and served as First Battalion Commander his first class (senior) year, the third highest rank for midshipmen.
Perot was revered by his classmates, evidenced by the following quote from his Lucky Bag yearbook entry: “As president of the Class of ’53 he listened to all gripes, then went ahead and did something about them. To say that Ross will be a valuable addition to any branch of the service is an understatement.”
Having been invited as a guest speaker for the Forrestal Lecture Series on four separate occasions, Perot shared personal experiences to convey valuable leadership lessons to the Brigade of Midshipmen, faculty and staff. His enduring legacy was honored in 2005 when Perot was named a Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) recipient. Established in 1998, the DGA honors Naval Academy graduates who have demonstrated an unselfish commitment to a lifetime of service, personal character, and significant contributions made to the Navy and Marine Corps or as leaders in industry or government.