COLUMBUS (WCMH) — He was born in Macedonia 92 years ago. Nine years later he boarded a train, and later a boat, which brought him to the United States. He made the trip alone.
Tuesday, Pandel Savic’s long, remarkable journey through life ended. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
Savic was the first quarterback on a Buckeye football team to win the Rose Bowl. That was in 1950. Before that, Savic served in the military, serving in the South Pacific in World War II.
He later developed a small supply business into a large, national supplier.
He developed a friendship with Jack Nicklaus which began in the early 1960’s. Savic was one of the founding members of Muirfield Village Golf Club and served as general chairman of the Memorial Tournament for more than 30 years.
He was an amateur golf champion and became somewhat obsessed with the game. Savic once said, “I’ve taken more golf lessons than probably anyone in history.”
Savic’s wife, Janice, passed away from cancer in 1991.