Mr. George Kekessy

Quick Facts

Born: 07/08/1935, Tiszafured
Current Residence; Tiszafured, Hungary
Spouse: Mrs. Gertrud Kekessy-Isoz
Number of children: 2

In Hungary
Education: George began his education at the Reformed Elementary School at Tiszafured, then continued at the Lonyai Reformed Gimnazium in Budapest until its nationalization 1952. Two years later he  graduated from the Jozsef Attila (one time Cistercitan) Gimnazium.
In 1952 the Communist Government confiscated his family estate and imprisoned his father.
At age 20 he was drafted into the Hungarian Army and served throughout the 1956 Revolution.
Occupation: Military

Active role in the revolution: YES

George was caught by the Revolution of 1956 , while being on active duty in Pestszentlorinc.  Most of his comrades joined the action on the side of the fighters with George actively involved. His unit took part in the fighting on the main road Ulloi Ut, leading to the Corvin Koz and Kilian Barracks, sites of some of the heaviest battles in Budapest. Upon losing the resistance against the overwhelming Soviet invaders,
George and his brother left the country from being persecuted. They crossed the border to Austria on November 28 near Sopron between Kophaza and Sopronkeresztur, now Detschkreutz. Eventually, he ended up in Camp Roeder near Salzburg, once a US Army base.

In United States of America
Arrival: Jan. 1957, Camp Kilmer,  New Jersey
Education: Soon after his arrival to the US, George was  drafted again  into military service, this time he served in the famous 101st Airborne Division with the ‘Screaming Eagles’ at Fort Campbell, KY.
After being released from military duty with Honorable Discharge,  he settled in California and continued his college education, first at Pierce College, Los Angeles,, then continued in Pomona State University, majoring in Landscape Architecture.
Occupation: Registered Landscape Architect, Ca. Lic. 2261

Workplace: Department of Transportation, State of California CALTRANS  Los Angeles


Member of the Knightly Order of St John (Johanniter) since 1983

1991 ‘A Hazaert’ (For the Homeland), a Diploma of Appreciation  with a Silver Medal of Honor, presented by the Hungarian Government for actively participating in the 1956 Freedomfight.

2016 became ‘Honorary Citizen’ of his hometown, Tiszafured.

2015 Honorary Diploma by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, commending the establishment of ‘Karpatok’ Folk Ensemble 50 years ago.

In 2000 he repossessed his once confiscated estate. He is active in his community by participating in city planning and cultural activities. He supports youth groups by providing camping for Scout Troops. Opens his home to many political figures and celebrities, local and foreign. Promotes good relations between Hungary and the USA. He never forgets to celebrate the 4th of July in appreciation of what the USA has given him and his family.

In the photos below George is performing with Kati Karl (1970) and Judith Tibold (1964, prior to the creation of the Karpatok Folk Ensemble).



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