Even as we honor our Honorees, the Hall of Fame is honored
with the appearance of Barry Goldwater, a veteran swimmer who has made a name
for himself in politics. The senator from Arizona, often called
"The Conscience of the Congress", is one of the most respected and
influential figures in American public life. As the GOP presidential
candidate in 1964, he faced a landslide by LBJ which might have discouraged a
lesser man. But Barry Goldwater rebounded to run again for the Senate
where he is regarded as a moral anchor.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona territory, January 1, 1909, he was educated in
Phoenix and at Staunton Military Academy. It was at Staunton where he
developed as a swimmer and was on a world record relay team. Goldwater
has been an ardent swimmer ever since. He is a World War II veteran and
is now a retired Major General in the U.S.A.F. Reserve, having logged more
than 10,000 hours of flying time in 96 different types of aircraft.
He was elected to this first term in the Senate in 1952, re-elected in 1958,
resigning in 1964 to run for President, and ultimately re-elected in 1968 and
again in 1974 and 1980. Goldwater's senatorial memberships include
Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Armed Services Preparedness Investigating
Sub-committee, National Stockpile and Naval Petroleum Reserves Subcommittee.
Senator Goldwater is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling
Conscience of a Conservative.