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‘An internationally respected statesman’

President Barak Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, upon Denison alumnus Sen. Richard Lugar '54.

President Barack Obama bestows the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, upon Denison alumnus Sen. Richard Lugar ’54.

In a White House ceremony on Nov. 20, Denison alumnus and former U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar ’54 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award, which was established by President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago, recognizes individuals for “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Among the accolades offered about Sen. Lugar in the announcement of this award were, “An internationally respected statesman, he is best known for his bipartisan leadership and decades-long commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.”

During the ceremony, Lugar was credited with offering “effective solutions to our national and international problems, advocating for the control of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction.” It also was noted that, “He remains a strong voice on foreign policy issues, and his informed perspective will have broad influence for years to come.”

For the full story and video from the ceremony, visit denison.edu.

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