Dr. Irving Victor
Term of Award
Doctor of Letters
Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree
Armstrong State University
Brief Biography of Degree Recipient
Dr. Irving Victor (1922-2020), a native of Savannah, graduated as the Valedictorian from Armstrong Junior College in 1941. He went on to earn his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he completed his medical residency in Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. Frederic Foley, the inventor of the Foley catheter. Victor returned to his hometown to begin his urology practice and served as the Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s, Candler and Memorial Hospitals.
Victor was very active in the Savannah medical community. He helped establish the Chatham County EMS, one of the first emergency medical systems in the country;, served as president of the Georgia Medical Society; and volunteered as a doctor during the Vietnam War. After 41 years, he retired from his practice to work in hospital administration before opening, Vic’s on the River, a very successful restaurant in Savannah.
Victor also remained involved with Armstrong, receiving three Distinguished Citizen’s Awards from the Alumni Association. He was inducted into the Armstrong Athletic Hall of Fame and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2001. Savannah Technical College established a scholarship in his honor to assist students in its EMS or Paramedicine programs.
Armstrong Atlantic State University, Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Letters
Armstrong State University, "Dr. Irving Victor" (2001). Georgia Southern Honorary Degrees. 14.