Today, Washburn University wishes a very happy 90th birthday to Sen. Bob Dole, one of our most respected and well-known alumni. Dole graduated from Washburn with both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree in 1952 (back then it was possible to do that in the same year).
A World War II veteran, Dole held elected positions in the Kansas House of Representatives and as a Russell County attorney. He served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years, spending part of that time as president of the U.S. Senate and Senate Majority Leader and setting a record as the longest-serving Republican leader. Dole was also chairman of the Republican National Committee. He was President Gerald Ford’s vice presidential running mate in 1976 and the Republican presidential candidate in 1988 and 1996.
Dole has returned to campus several times and has been honored with many accolades for his service to Kansas and the country. Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of law in 1969 and an honorary doctor of civil law in 1985. He received the Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1966. Washburn Law honored him with the Law Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1981 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
A very happy birthday to you, Senator Dole. We are proud to have you among our ranks as an Ichabod alumni!
(via Washburn Foundation)