Friday, February 27, 2015

Dad on Dole

Law School is a strange and enduring experience. Its like running a vague and mysterious academic gauntlet. Some don't survive. Those that do commonly rely on the help and support of fellow classmates. As a result, permanent friendships are frequently formed. At least that's what happened to me.

It also happened to Dad. His first, and best, friend at Washburn Law School was Bob Dole. Here is a graduation day photo of them in 1952 with their (now deceased) mutual friend, Bill Miller. Check out Dad's fancy shoes.

 Last night, the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics (along with both the Washburn and KU Alumni Associations) sponsored an event featuring Dad and his long-standing friendship with Senator Dole. Archivist brought memorabilia including Dole textbooks and class notes.  They even brought the recording device used by Dole to record class lectures ... as his war wounds kept him from taking accurate notes.
The moderator asked Dad questions, and Dad volunteered stories, about this 65 year friendship. Senator Dole participated via text messaging. 
Some of Dad's stories were funny. Some were not. All were heartfelt. In the end, the entire audience understood the intensity of the bond between these two Washburn Law students.