TOPEKA — Former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole will attend dedication Friday of a bronze statue on the Washburn University campus to celebrate a lifetime of public service by the Kansas native and two-time graduate of the school.
Dole, the 95-year-old World War II veteran and Republican Party stalwart, will be joined by his wife, Elizabeth, and Washburn President Jerry Farley for dedication of the first commissioned bronze representation of Dole.
The ceremony will be at 11 a.m., north of Carnegie Hall on the Topeka university's campus.
Dole completed bachelor and law degrees in 1952 at Washburn by applying college credits earned elsewhere during a period in which he served in the U.S. Army. He was seriously injured fighting German troops in Italy during 1945 and endured years of rehabilitation while recovering from combat wounds.
He routinely carried a pencil in his affected hand so people greeting him would avoid attempting to shake that hand.
Dole served in the Kansas House, as Russell County attorney and in the U.S. House before election to the U.S. Senate, where he devoted nearly 30 years of his career. He was President Gerald Ford's running mate in 1976 and won the GOP nomination for president in 1996, which coincided with his retirement from the Senate.
He worked as a lobbyist and was influential in raising money to build the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Washburn conferred on Dole a pair of honorary degrees, and Washburn alumni associations presented him with several distinguished service awards.
In January, Dole received the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the nation's highest civilian honor, for service to the United States as a "soldier, legislator and statesman." The event was attended by President Donald Trump. Dole also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton in 1997.