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April 22, 1987 | Associated Press
President Reagan will award posthumous Medals of Freedom to actor Danny Kaye and composer Meredith Willson, the White House announced Tuesday. Others chosen for the nation's highest civilian honor are conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, Frederick Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund, and Nathan Perlmutter, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League. The awards will be presented June 23 at the White House, the announcement said.
November 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Loretta Lynn is among 14 Americans who were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama on Wednesday at the White House. The award, created by President John F. Kennedy, recognizes significant achievements in politics, world peace, science, culture and other fields and is the nation's highest honor presented civilians. Here are five of Lynn's many cultural contributions since Butcher Holler, Ky.'s most celebrated resident arrived not only as one of the most distinctive singers in country music but also as a songwriter who reshaped what a woman could think, say and do in song and in life.
February 13, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
With hundreds of mourners gathered Sunday in the Thunderdome at UC Santa Barbara, families of the six postal workers slain by a rampaging former colleague last month received the U.S. Postal Service's highest honor on behalf of the fallen employees.
May 30, 2012 | By Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama pinned the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Bob Dylan's neck as the singer stood in the White House inscrutable in black sunglasses. "I have to say that I am a really big fan," Obama said as he introduced Dylan, one of a number of figures from the struggles and accomplishments of the 1960s, as well as other eras, whom Obama chose to honor Tuesday. Labor leader and civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal.
On the day Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton emerged as the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, President Bush visited the governor's home state on a trip he insisted had nothing to do with politics. Bush made the journey to present the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to one of its richest men, Sam Walton, the gravely ill 73-year-old founder of Wal-Mart Stores.
In a gesture of his determination to put the partisan wars of the last four years behind him, President Clinton bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on erstwhile political nemesis and presidential rival Bob Dole. But no sooner did Clinton drape the Presidential Medal of Freedom around Dole's neck than the flinty Kansas Republican infused the solemn White House ceremony with his trademark irreverence.
December 17, 1992 | Associated Press
President Bush will present the nation's highest civilian honor to his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, a week before Bill Clinton's inauguration, the White House announced Wednesday. Reagan will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an East Room ceremony on Jan. 13. The former President will be the 301st recipient of the honor. Two other presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, received it posthumously. Bush has bestowed the distinction on 36 other people.
October 18, 1988
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to former Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, who was killed in a horseback riding accident in 1987, and to business executive J. Willard Marriott Sr. Other winners honored by Reagan were: singer Pearl Bailey, labor activist Irving Brown, retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, economist Milton Friedman, Jean MacArthur, widow of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and industrialist David Packard.
January 14, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Bush hailed his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, as "a true American hero" and presented him with the nation's highest civilian award during a sentimental ceremony closing out 12 years of Republican rule at the White House. Tears mingled with laughter among former officials as effusive praise was passed around. Reagan became the first living former President to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to individuals to mark their contributions to America.
September 15, 1995
MCA Inc. Chairman Emeritus Lew R. Wasserman will be honored Sept. 29 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. President Clinton will award Wasserman the medal in a White House ceremony. Wasserman is among 12 Americans who will be honored. Others include Children's Television Workshop creator Joan Ganz Cooney, children's television advocate Peggy Charren, former Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, former Surgeon Gen. C.
May 29, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
WASHINGTON -- Folk singer Bob Dylan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. A number of figures from the struggles and shifts of the 1960s were recognized Tuesday. Civil rights campaigner Dolores Huerta and astronaut John Glenn also received the medal. The year 1962 looms especially large in President Obama's picks: That was the year Dylan put out his first album, when Huerta cofounded the National Farm Workers Assn.
April 26, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- The White House has announced this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The list of 13 honorees includes musician Bob Dylan, writer Toni Morrison, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Shimon Peres. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation,” President Obama said in a statement. “They've challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place.  I look forward to recognizing them with this award.” The awards will be presented at White House ceremony later his spring.
April 19, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The White House announced Thursday that former Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt will receive the nation's highest civilian honor, The Medal of Freedom. Through a statement released by the press secretary's office, President Obama said: “Coach Summitt is an inspiration - both as the all-time winningest NCAA coach, and as someone who is willing to speak so openly and courageously about her battle with Alzheimer's.   "Pat's gift has always been her ability to push those around her to new heights, and over the last 38 years, her unique approach has resulted in both unparalleled success on the court and unrivaled loyalty from those who know her and those whose lives she has touched.  Pat's coaching career may be over, but I'm confident that her work is far from finished.  I look forward to awarding her this honor.” Summitt was notified of the award last week.
March 4, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Reporting from Washington -- Israeli President Shimon Peres will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring, President Obama announced at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington. "Shimon once described the story of the Jewish people by saying it proved that, 'slings, arrows and gas chambers can annihilate man, but cannot destroy human values, dignity and freedom,'" Obama said as he announced the award. "He has lived those values. He has taught us to ask more of ourselves and to empathize more with our fellow human beings.
November 10, 2011 | By Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call
The shock waves from the explosive scandal at Penn State are reaching Washington. Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey will rescind their Medal of Freedom nomination for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the child abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach, the senators said Thursday. Paterno was fired Wednesday evening by the school's board of trustees, ending his 46-year-tenure as head coach. The award is considered the highest honor a civilian can receive.
February 15, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Los Angeles Times
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to former President George H.W. Bush and 14 others, including poet Maya Angelou, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, investor Warren Buffett and basketball legend Bill Russell. The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions "to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
January 16, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Clinton plans to present Bob Dole with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Clinton plans to award the medal to Dole on Friday during an event to unveil the winning design for a World War II battle monument. During the presidential campaign, Clinton spoke highly of Dole, honoring his record in World War II and his 35 years of service in the Senate.
August 12, 1999
President Clinton bestowed the nation's highest civilian award on former President Ford at the White House and praised him for ending the "long national nightmare" of Watergate. Ford and seven others received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony that recognized the former president for steadying the nation when he took power 25 years ago this week after President Nixon resigned at the height of the Watergate scandal. Ford pardoned Nixon for any Watergate-related crimes.
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