President's Medal Honoree: Beatrice Victor
Victor is a longtime community activist who is known as the founder of the Senior Olympics of Staten Island, which was eventually renamed the Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics. A registered nurse, Victor joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. after graduating from high school. She worked with her husband, Dr. Melvin Victor, in his office until his death in 1977. She then served as a representative for Staten Island HIP. Victor became an advocate for people on Staten Island with brain damage, having a child of her own who experienced brain damage at birth. She was instrumental in the creation of a diagnostic center at the Mental Health Society for the brain injured, which still provides services in the borough as the Elizabeth Pouch Center for Special People. Victor worked to establish SeniorNet to teach computer skills to seniors. She has also worked as a teacher and a columnist for the Staten Island Advance.