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AARP Honors San Jose’s Peter Szego for Lifetime of Public Service

October 24, 2013

CONTACT: Mark Beach

AARP Honors San Jose’s Peter Szego for Lifetime of Public Service

San Jose, CA – Peter Szego of San Jose has been named recipient of AARP’s 2013 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award, named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.

Szego was selected in recognition of his remarkable service and the impact he has had on the lives of others and on his community. After serving as a medical technician for the US Army in World War II, Szego taught engineering at Santa Clara University and worked as a manager for the Ampex Corporation. He later served as Chief of Staff for State Senator Dan McCorquodale at the State Capitol.

Following his retirement, Szego continued to serve his community as AARP’s California Legislative Council Chairman for four years, including a stint as acting state president of AARP.  Szego also served on AARP’s National Legislative Council for six years.  He continues to inspire other volunteers and is still an active member of AARP.

The AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes individuals who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and older. The award will be formally presented to Szego at a ceremony in San Jose next month.

“The Andrus Award is intended to emphasize the importance of working together for positive social change,” said AARP California State Director Katie Hirning. “Beginning with our founder, Dr. Andrus, AARP has a long tradition of supporting volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities. Peter Szego exemplifies the best of this tradition.”

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