George C. Slusher
George Clinton Slusher, an 1965 graduate of Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, Virginia, is a retired Air Force Officer and a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. He was his high school senior class valedictorian and both a Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar and held honors in science, public speaking, and general academics. He was President of the Beta Club, Vice President of the science club and for two years served as Editor of the Literary Magazine.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology awarded George a B.S. in 1969 and a Masters in Science in 1971, at which time he became a mechanical engineer. He was named to Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma fraternities and in 1969 was cited as the highest ranking ROTC cadet and a Distinguished Military Graduate, receiving the Dolittle Award.
As Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, Slusher received the Meritorious Service medal three times and the Air Force Commendation Metal four times. He served as a Master Space Operations Officer and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College.
For three years Slusher was on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy. His assignments included: Engineering; Flight Simulation; Test and Evaluation concerning aircraft missiles and space systems.
Making his home in Eugene, Oregon, George has been for over twenty years a volunteer with the U.S. Pony Clubs, including teaching and leadership. For three of those years, he sat on the Board of Governors of that club which is national in scope.
His more than 10,000 hours with the Pony clubs is paralleled and surpassed only by this 22 years of military service where he was Deputy Squadron Commander of Cadets while at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
In recognition of his outstanding career achievements, in 1996 George Clinton Slusher was among the charter members inducted into the Salem Alumni Hall of Fame established by the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association.