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For the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, numerous writers and commentators reflected on his death and legacy.
Burt W. Griffin '54, who served as an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission investigating JFK's assassination, wrote of his experience in a column for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, dismissing the various conspiracy theories that have evolved over the years.
"Although we began with a thousand questions, none of us doubted -- when we had finished -- that Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy," Griffin wrote.
The anniversary also prompted a wave of reminisces about Kennedy's October 1963 visit to Amherst: WBUR Boston, the Associated Press and Politico, among other media outlets, featured the address he made at the groundbreaking of Frost Library. The library recently hosted an exhibit about Kennedy's visit. Material from the exhibit can be viewed online here.
Bill Thurston, longtime baseball coach at
Cherington recently was named the Sporting News Major League Executive of the Year, only the third executive in the team's history to win the award. He edged out runner-up Huntington by six votes.
"If running a Major League Baseball team is on your to-do list, it pays to attend Amherst College."
Amherst College made headlines for exceeding expectations in its five-year fundraising campaign, raising about $502 million ($80 million over its goal) despite an economic slump.
‘‘The campaign was not only launched during a challenging time, but it succeeded during the worst downturn since the Great Depression,’’ President Biddy Martin told the Associated Press. Anonymous donations of more than $138 million included separate gifts of $100 million and $25 million. Close to half of the donations fell under the category of unrestricted gifts.
‘‘Many of our alumni and donors are hewing to an older tradition, which is generosity without the recognition that many people seek,’’ Martin said.
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