In Memory of Edward L. Rowny (1917 - 2017)
Founding Honorary Board Member of the AAFKWP; distinguished military officer, ambassador, scholar, and author; undergraduate alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, Class of 1937 and the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1941; Cadet founder of the Kosciuszko Squadron of West Point; alumnus of Yale University, with two Masters' degrees, one in Engineering and the other in International Affairs; alumnus of The American University with a Ph.D. in International Studies; combat service as a battallion commander of the 92nd Infantry Division during the Italian campaign of World War II; combat service on the staff of General Douglas McArthur during the Korean War; combat service in Vietnam; appointed by President Richard Nixon to serve as the representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT); continued appointment for SALT-related service under Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter; appointment by President Ronald Reagan as his first Chief Negotiator for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (START) with the rank of Ambassador; Lieutenant General, United States Army; founder of the Rowny-Paderewski Scholarship for The Fund for American Studies; lifelong admirer of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), pianist, composer, politician, and statesman of Poland; participant in returning the remains of Paderewski from Washington, DC to free Poland in 1992; author in 1992 of It Takes Two to Tango, being an account of his lengthy service for arms control negotiations; author of his memoir, Smokey Joe and the General; distinguised Polish American par excellence; a role model for the ages in the history of our Republic for his patriotic service to the United States of America.
In Memory of Barbara R. Blyskal (1938 - 2019)
Vice President of the AAFKWP; alumna of Hunter College, Class of 1960; teacher, organist and composer of music; General Secretary of the Polish Singers Alliance of America; President of the Jutrzenka Singers Society (NY); Polish-American World Citizen of the Year in 1989; lifelong Polonia cultural activist.
In Memory of Frances X. Gates (1929 - 2019)
Founding Executive Vice President of the AAFKWP; alumna of Brooklyn College, City University of New York; National Director of the Polish American Congress; member of the Polish Singers Alliance of America; member of the Kosciuszko Foundation, General Pulaski Parade Committee, and Honorary Member of the Association of the Sons of Poland; recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; lifelong Polonia cultural activist; promoter of polskosc (Polishness) in America; dear friend.