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Indianapolis Entrepreneur, Politician, Publisher Beurt Servaas, W9WVO, (SK)

from The ARRL Letter on February 6, 2014
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Indianapolis Entrepreneur, Politician, Publisher Beurt Servaas, W9WVO, (SK):

Beurt SerVaas, W9WVO, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died February 2. He was 94. Known in his home city as the politician who revamped Indianapolis and Marion County politics, he presided over the City-County Council for three decades. Outside of Indianapolis politics, though, he may be best remembered as the person whose publishing company rescued The Saturday Evening Post magazine in the 1970s and moved it to Indianapolis.

"Indianapolis has lost one of its greatest champions and chief architect of its success," Mayor Greg Ballard said a statement. "Beurt set a gold standard for public service in this city that all current and future leaders should emulate."

A World War II US Navy veteran, SerVaas served as an OSS intelligence officer during the war and later worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. According to his obituary in The Indianapolis Star, The Saturday Evening Post was one of an eclectic variety of businesses that SerVaas owned or started. His first was an electroplating business he bought in the 1950s. He entered politics in the early 1960s, winning election to the Indianapolis City Council. He retired from politics in 2002 and, then in his 80s, sold off most of his businesses at around the same time.

SerVaas also was an ARRL member and staunch supporter of the League during his active years.

"Beurt was a generous and gracious donor," said ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "On a visit to Indianapolis he gave me a tour of the city and shared his fascinating experiences with the OSS. He was truly a remarkable man!"

Elsewhere in the Amateur Radio arena, SerVaas played an integral role in establishing popular special event station W9IMS at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Read more -- Thanks to Brian D. Smith, W9IND


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