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Thursday, June 19, 2008
Two of my favorite people
....were awarded the United States highest civilian award today, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Ben Carson, a Baltimore legend and former Hopkins colleague, and Dr. Donna Shalala, who was once the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, and is now the President of the University of Miami.

I knew Donna as the UW Chancellor, and then later when she was Health and Human Services Secretary for the US under Clinton. She attended a number of UW events I hosted for the Alumni Association, and for the Wisconsin State Society events in DC.. I also met her mother on a number of these occasions - including an away game at Penn State. A formidable woman in her own right, Edna Shalala is a lawyer who was in her late eighties when I first met her, and still playing tennis. Edna was a USTA national champion in both singles and doubles in the women's 80s and older category. Now well into her nineties, she was present today when Donna received her medal.

Congratulations to both of them - well deserved.
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