Union to observe Veterans Day with alumni speakers

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Union College will honor those who have served in the armed forces with a Veterans Day breakfast Friday, Nov. 10 (from 8-10 a.m.) in the Nott Memorial.

Frank “Tad” Knight ’68, U.S. Air Force, will welcome attendees and give remarks before guest speaker Dr. John “Jack” Gold ’64 presents “Memories of Vietnam.”

Gold, who earned his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo, served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1969 to 1971. He was stationed in Chu Lai during the Vietnam War. After leaving the military, Gold attended Washington University for surgical training before returning to Schenectady to operate his own urology practice (1975-2004).

Knight spent 20 years serving his country. After active duty with 5th Air Force in Japan, he joined the 109th Tactical Airlift Group of the New York Air National Guard. He spent 13 years as an intelligence officer before serving his final two as operations officer for the 109th Aerial Port Squadron. Knight also spent 30 years with North Colonie Central Schools, teaching chemistry and Earth science, and coaching lacrosse and bowling.