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Donald Dawson, 97; Lawyer Was Special Aide to President Truman

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December 29, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Donald Shelton Dawson, 97, a lawyer who worked as a special assistant to President Truman, died Sunday at his residence in Bethesda, Md., after suffering a stroke, his family said.

As administrative assistant to Truman from 1947 to 1953, Dawson was responsible for all presidential appointments. In 1948, he helped organize Truman's whistle-stop presidential campaign and served on his election strategy board.

He also was chairman of the White House Loyalty Review Board, which was established by Truman to oversee federal loyalty investigations of government employees.

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