Friday, July 3, 2020

George Novak, R.I.P.

George Novak was the Czech Honorary Consul General in Atlanta and he passed away last week at the age of 88.    

He was born Jiří Novák in 1931 in Brno and became known as George after he emigrated to the USA in 1968.  He narrowly escaped the 1968 invasion and managed to get his wife and son to Vienna.

Mr. Novak was appointed honorary consul in 1994.  He was a representative of the Czech Olympic committe for the 1996 Olympics and helped get support from Georgia legislators for the Czech Republic to join NATO in 1999.

Over the years he helped several Czech manufacturing companies break in to the U.S. market.

His role was upgraded to honorary consul general in 2003.  He was a founder of the Czech School of Atlanta in 2013.  Czech President Miloš Zeman awarded him the Medal of Merit, First Class, in 2014.

Back in 2012 he led a delegation of Georgia officials and businessmen to Brno.  Here's a video I found out on YouTube where he talks about the trip and describes Brno as the Czech Silicon Valley.

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