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November 22, 2013

University convocation in memory of John F. Kennedy

Today we join with the nation in remembering and honoring President John F. Kennedy upon the 50th anniversary of his assassination. After the initial shock and formal ceremonies in Washington, Western Reserve University held its own memorial for the president.

On Tuesday morning, November 26, at 11:00 a.m. a University Convocation in memory of John F. Kennedy was held in Amasa Stone Chapel. President John S. Millis presided. Rabbi Benjamin Leon Marcus, Director of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, opened the service with an invocation followed by the congregation singing America, the Beautiful. Reverend Robert W. Clarke, Director of the Student Christian Union, offered a prayer. The address (Download file) was given by Clarence H. Cramer, Professor of History and Dean of Adelbert College. Reverend John Joseph Kilcoyne, Diocesan Director, Newman Clubs, gave the benediction. Music was performed by the University Singers under the direction of Donald Joseph Shetler, Associate Professor of Music. Walter Blodgett, Curator of Musical Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art, provided the organ music.

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It was highly unusual for the university to hold a convocation in honor of a non-university individual. The next such event was in 1968 after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Reserve Tribune (student newspaper) in the 12/5/1963 edition published this editorial,

“JFK, a doer

“It is hoped the tragic death of John F. Kennedy will not end the recognition given the the New Frontier to American cultural arts.

“The Kennedys during their three years in the White House focused national attention on poetry, art, music, dance, literature and theatre.

“John Kennedy expanded the concept of presidential leadership to include the creativity of the American man in the areas of the Liberal Arts.

“In doing so, he has set a precedent which must be continued if the office of the President of the United States is to be truly representative of the nation.”

Posted by hxy2 at November 22, 2013 02:59 PM

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