Rich Stewart Named President of Honor Flight Rochester

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HFR Announces Richard Stewart as New President

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Rochester, NY — The Honor Flight Rochester board of directors has named Richard “Rich” Stewart as president of Honor Flight Rochester (HFR). He is the fourth president of HFR. He has been a member of the HFR board since 2010 and has been involved since the inaugural HFR mission in 2008.

“My father, aunt and uncle were World War II veterans who passed away long before the World War II Memorial was built. They never got to see it. I wish they could have. Participating in Honor Flight Rochester is a way for me to say thank you to all the veterans for all they did so many years ago,” Stewart said.

“Rich is a long-time volunteer and is very knowledgeable of the population that we serve, and an experienced executive who can only assist in making our great organization that much better,” said HFR board member Peter J. Glennon, Esq.

Stewart retired from Legacy Senior Communities as an executive director. He also held management positions with Motorola, Aramark and Genesee Hospital. The Princeton, NJ native earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University and a MBA from New York University. He and his wife Lin met when they both attended Cornell University. The Stewarts reside in Penfield, NY. They have two daughters, both Cornell University graduates. Before settling in Penfield, the Stewarts lived in New York City, Chicago, Phoenix and in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

In addition to volunteering with HFR, he is also an active volunteer with the Cornell Club of Rochester-director at large and Penfield Chamber of Commerce – board of directors. Previously, he served as president of the Brighton Kiwanis Club.

HFR has now escorted 1,492 WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans from Western NY to visit their Memorials in Washington D.C. More than 400 veterans are waiting for an HFR trip. HFR will resume taking veterans on an Honor Flight in the spring of 2014.

Mission 83 (59 vets)
May 25-26
Mission 84 (60 vets)
June 15-16
Unfortunately veterans cannot choose what flight they will travel on due to medical and logistic issues associated with the flight process. We also encourage veterans from the Syracuse and Buffalo area's to visit and register with their local Honor Flight hubs before registering with Rochester Honor Flight.