FIELD AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES


Savoy's interest in history and exploration began with his study of the literature, legends and folklore of the North American Indians. Intrigued by the possibility of contacts between North and South America --because of similarities of picture writing, symbols and designs from both areas-- he started documenting petroglyphs along the Columbia River and from California to Alaska. His understanding of culture and religion has evolved and benefitted from life-long educational pursuits in a wide variety of disciplines.

          Following an honorable discharge from the Naval Air Service, USN, in 1946, Savoy entered the University of Portland to prepare for a religious vocation. Here he was privileged to receive instruction from Monsignor John B. Delauney, Jesuit Priest and distinguished psychologist. After two years, with the encouragement of Father Delauney, and in harmony with his own spiritual revelations, he abandoned the narrow path of specialized university studies and embarked upon a quest for knowledge in various fields.

          Beginning in 1947, he spent ten years of intensive private tutoring under renowned scholars and experts in ancient history, the classics, archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, epigraphy, mythology, philosophy, epistemology, psychology, folklore, astronomy, Occidental and Oriental religions, and Judaeo-Christian religious scripture, both Biblical and noncanonical.

          In 1957 he was invited to Peru to participate in an archaeological expedition, which then was subsequently canceled. Finding himself alone in this ancient land, and intrigued with Peru's prospects, in regard to his research of North-South American contacts in ancient times, he remained in Peru to continue his investigations and to undertake further studies. He did field work for Dr. Eulogio Garrido, Director of the National Archaeological Museum at the University of Trujillo. He was also privileged to study and work with archaeologist Dr. Hans Horkheimer, with historian Father Luis Valcarcel, the foremost archaeologist of Peru at the time, and with Swiss archaeologist Henry Reichlen. During this time he also pursued independent historical research of unpublished works, periodicals, works of limited circulation from private collections, monasteries and national archives in Lima, Peru. Savoy acquainted himself with, and gained the respect of, many other eminent scholars, researchers and scientists in Peru at that time.

          At this same time, he was writing articles for the Peruvian and international media and undertaking field research and expeditions of his own. A skilled photographer, he began documenting his writings with pictures (later displayed at exhibitions and reprinted in prominent books and major magazines throughout the world). Becoming an evermore popular figure in Peruvian society, he also helped expand the world image of Peru by promoting travel and tourism there and by adding to the knowledge of its ancient peoples and cultures. In Peru, away from his homeland, Savoy had begun a new way of life and adventure that has occupied him through to the present time...over forty years later.

          Part of that adventure falls under the scope of "World Class Explorer"; however, given the scope of his inquiries, it was inevitable that Savoy's studies, in these seemingly diverse fields, should end up dovetailing history, science and religion. He saw the study of religion, from all times and quarters, as the synthesis of all inquiries concerning man, and the origin of man and the origin of religion as two sides of the same coin.



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