'He was so approachable;' Local woman remembers impact President Bush had on her career

    Flo Traywick (WSET)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A former vice-chair of the Republican National Committee for our area has fond memories of former President George H.W. Bush.

    President Bush was the first sitting U.S. president to speak at a Liberty University graduation back in 1990, but his ties to the area go even deeper than his memorable commencement speech.

    Bush's legacy extends to those who knew him around the nation and here in Lynchburg.

    Flo Traywick, 94, was a member of the Republic National Committee for 16 years, and spent a few years as Vice Chairman for the Southern Region.

    "That enabled me to meet the hierarchy of the Republican Party nationally," Traywick said.

    During that time, she met Bush when he was serving as Vice President during the Reagan administration.

    "Mr. Bush was easy to know," Traywick said. "He was very friendly and very outgoing, and we got to be pretty good friends."

    She was the first woman in Virginia to run for the U.S. House of Representatives and asked Bush if he would help her fundraise.

    "He said, 'Why don't you come out to Andrews Air Force and fly down with me on Air Force 2?'" Traywick recalled.

    That's exactly what she did, making a grand entrance for her campaign party.

    "I knew that he had not been well," Traywick said of Bush's recent health. "We're the same age, so you really can't expect much."

    The last time she was at the White House, it was for his son, President George W. Bush.

    Traywick said she'll never forget his father, and his contributions to the country.

    "He was so approachable, he was just like a dear friend next door, shall we see," she said. "I mean, it's wasn't just with me, it was with everybody."

    Traywick says she feels President Bush was in tune with Virginia Republican voters and made a positive mark here in our area.

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