On Jan. 24, ATEC lost a very dear friend with the passing of Ivan Livi at age 94. Ivan was one of the council's founding fathers and provided leadership to our organization for more than fifty years. His passion for guiding aviation and maintenance students was infectious and he loved his role on the Northrop Rice Foundation, which gave him a venue to provide scholarships for young men and women to attend our member institutions.
Ivan laid the foundation for ATEC to grow and develop into what it is today. His life - spanning nine decades - is a testament to what can be achieved through dedication, hard work and a commitment to serving others.
Ivan will be greatly missed.
It is now our duty to honor his legacy through our own dedication to the future of the AMTS community and the students it serves. To this end, ATEC is proud to continue its support for the Ivan D. Livi Educator of the Year Award. Recognizing this year's winner at the annual conference will be a special moment: our chance to commemorate the loss of a great man by celebrating the outstanding achievement of a colleague. I can think of no better tribute.
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