Posted byDick Gentry at8:11 AM Labels:Boulder, Colorado, George Lichter, Israel, Joline Weiss, New York, pilot, textiles, World War II
George Lichter, textile, war hero, reconteur
We lost a good friend last week.
Death is always something we must deal with, but losing George Lichter
was different for me.
Seldom in life do we encounter such a powerful and unique personality.
was a textile maven, a war hero, and a raconteur, especially entertaining over a bottle of wine.
could be tough and kind, enigmatic, and a seeker of the higher and better self.
The Esalen Institute
was a favorite destination.
would laugh telling me about washing dishes at the retreat as if it was a spiritual experience.
fabric, New York, Fifth Avenue, art exhibit
I met George Lichter
in the 70's on a fabric buying trip in
sat next to Edgar Silberman, another larger-than-life guy!
George Lichter, fighter pilot, World War II, Israel, statehood
George was a decorated fighter pilot during World War II and flew 88 combat missions over enemy territory.
Shortly after the war ended and
declared statehood, he
felt compelled to help the cause.
The Israelis sent him to a medieval village in
to train novice pilots on the dangerous S-199's.
was feared as much as respected by the young pilots as George
was serious and disciplined!
pilot, George Lichter, Ceske Budjovice air base
The pilots relax from the rigorous training at the Ceske Budjovice air base.
is second from left.
area. After retirement, George
, and we were very lucky to maintain a great friendship.
Vic Shayne, biography, George Lichter, autograph
We really miss you George!
George Lichter (1)