Skip to comments.12 to Be Awarded Medal of Freedom
Posted on 06/20/2002 10:59:00 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
ASHINGTON, June 20 President Bush announced today that he would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, to a dozen prominent people, including Nelson R. Mandela and Nancy Reagan.
The medal is also going to A. M. Rosenthal, retired executive editor and columnist for The New York Times, who now writes a column for The Daily News in New York.
Reached at his home in Manhattan this afternoon, Mr. Rosenthal said: "I've been surprised many times in my life, but never so much as this. I'm sure one of these days they will tell me why they're giving it to me. I'm thrilled to be in such illustrious company."
The other recipients are: Hank Aaron, baseball's career home run leader; Bill Cosby, the comedian and actor; Plácido Domingo, the tenor; Peter Drucker, the management theorist; Katharine Graham, the late chairwoman of The Washington Post Company; Dr. D. A. Henderson, who led the worldwide effort to eradicate smallpox; Irving Kristol, the author and editor; Gordon Moore, co-founder of the Intel Corporation; and Fred Rogers, the children's television host.
The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony next month.
President Harry S. Truman established the medal in 1945 to recognize civilians for distinguished work during World War II. It was renewed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and has been awarded by every president since then.
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