2007 Honored Veterans

George Ducanic

U.S. Navy

Mention George Ducanic’s name and most people, familiar with George, immediately associate him with Veterans’ Affairs. For practical purposes all of George’s adult life has been tirelessly devoted to improving the lives of Veterans and their dependents residing in the Stamford area.

He has served multiple terms as Post Commander of the local American Legion, VFW and DAV Posts. He resurrected the American Legion baseball program in 1980, which still flourishes today. Amongst his many other ongoing community activities are his position as Lower Fairfield County Coordinator of the annual “Toys for Tots” program, and his providing transportation of disabled veterans to local VA clinics as well as to the West Haven VA Hospital.

A U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, George Ducanic was Grand Marshal of Stamford’s Veterans’ Day Parade in 2004, and was chosen as “Veteran of the Year” by the Stamford Senior Center in 2003.

Fred Golove

U.S. Coast Guard

As a retired Rear Admiral (equivalent to a two-star General), Fred Golove could conceivably be the highest ranking Veteran currently residing in Stamford. Fred received appointments to West Point and to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT which he attended, earning a BS degree in Marine and Mechanical Engineering. Fred served in the Coast Guard for 35 years, holding a record nine separate commands. He worked directly with the current and previous five Commandants, holding many significant operational and strategic planning positions during his service.

After leaving active duty, Fred joined IBM Corp. where he enjoyed a highly successful career in Systems Engineering, Sales, and Marketing. Fred served as President of Temple Beth El, and of the Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County, and was a Vice President of the Stamford Jewish Community Center.

Jack Palmer

U.S. Marine Corps

When Jack Palmer graduated from high school, World War II was raging. Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps, and the next four years of his life were spent in the Pacific Theater, as a member of the 7th Marine Defense Division. As a Combat Rifleman, he participated in numerous battles as the Allied forces drove to turn the tide of the conflict. Especially noteworthy was Battle on the island of Pelieleu, one of the bloodiest of the war.
Upon return to civilian life, Jack settled into normal life in the community. He was a charter member and long-term Commandant of the Lock City Detachment of the Marine Corps League, and was also a member of the VFW and of the Catholic War Veterans. He was elected to the Stamford Board of Representatives for four terms, enjoyed a long tenure on the Republican Town Committee, and was on the Board of the Connecticut State Opera.

Jack proudly celebrated his 87th birthday earlier this year. He and his wife Mary have three children and five grandchildren.

John Rubino

U.S. Marine Corps

The expression goes “Once a Marine – Always a Marine” and that certainly applies to John Rubino, a man who didn’t turn his back on his fellow Leathernecks once he hung up his uniform. As a member of the Marine Corps League’s Lock City Detachment, John is Co-Chair of the “Assistance Fund” which has raised and donated over $30,000 to wounded Marines and their families across the State of Connecticut. His organization also donates funds to many other programs such as “Operation Gift Card” and the “Fisher House” which provides lodging to families of wounded marines being treated at the National Naval Medical Center. John also spearheads the “Care Package” program out of his home where he has shipped literally hundreds of packages to Marines serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Stamford native, John is a graduate of Rippowam H.S. and earned his BFA degree from Central Connecticut State University upon his return from service with the 2nd Marine Division.

John Rubino is Director of Package Design for Combe Inc. in White Plains. He and his wife Krista live in Springdale with their two sons.

Allen Shanen

U.S. Army

Al Shanen served his country with distinction in Korea, as a member of the Army’s 34th Regimental Combat Team. Upon his return to Stamford, he launched a career that was to have a profound positive influence on so many young lives in his home town.

He was hired by the Stamford Public Schools System, and spent thirty-eight years as a Teacher, Guidance Counselor and Football Coach. As a coach, Al won the state championship in 1967 at Rippowam High School, and was responsible for the development of the immortal Bobby Valentine.

Not to be outdone, Al developed and was the founder of Stamford’s highly respected Pop Warner Football Program, while also serving his community as a member of the Board of Representatives and on the Democratic City Committee.

Al and his wife Barbara still live in Stamford. They have two daughters and two grand-daughters.