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Victor Veysey, former Valley congressman, dies

February 15, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Victor Veysey, whose long political career took him from a school board in Brawley to Congress, died Tuesday at age 85.

Funeral arrangements are expected to be available Friday.

Friends and family said Veysey was a "fighter" who believed in public service and taught his children to do the same.

"He felt a tremendous need to give to the community," said one of his sons, John Veysey, who has served as a member of the Imperial Irrigation District's water committee.

Another son, Tom Veysey, served as a county supervisor and recently ended his term.

Victor Veysey was born in Eagle Rock but spent much of his life in the Imperial Valley.

His public service started in Brawley. He served on the Brawley Elementary School District board, then went on to the Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees.


Veysey was a member of the founding board for the college when it was built at its current location on Aten Road and Highway 111 near Imperial. He served on the board from 1960 to 1962.

Milton Carr, another founding IVC board member, said Veysey was a strong trustee.

"Victor was a very intelligent man. He probably was one of the most intelligent men I've every known," Carr said.

Veysey went on to represent the Imperial Valley in the state Assembly for eight years. He then served three terms in Congress, representing the Imperial Valley.

After his time in Congress, Veysey was appointed as the assistant secretary of the Army under President Gerald Ford.

In 1980 Veysey moved to Pasadena and went on to serve as the state director of industrial relations in the cabinet of Gov. George Deukmejian.

He later was named director of industrial relations at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

He also was named a professor emeritus at CalTech. Veysey, a graduate of Harvard Business School, also taught at Stanford University

Most recently Veysey had lived in Hemet, but he maintained his residence in Pasadena.

Friends and family said he worked hard to be a good public servant and to represent the Imperial Valley the best he could.

"He felt he could make a contribution," said friend Bill Byrd of Brawley. "He really worked hard at it."

Byrd added, "He is guy who is well-known and well-liked in this community."

Millie Veysey, wife of Victor Veysey's son Tom, said, "He loved politics. He loved serving the people. He was a fighter."

Veysey is survived by his wife, Janet, of Pasadena; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Doug Campbell of Hemet; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Pat Veysey and Tom and Millie Veysey, all of Brawley, and Mark and Amanda Veysey of Lake Arrowhead; grandchildren, Steven, Kathy, Julia, Shawn, Allison and Tyler Veysey, and Leighan, Andrew and Laurel Kosky; and five great-grandchildren.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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