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VP Dan Quayle '69 Receives McNaughton Medal for Public Service

October 26, 1990

dan quayle-1990-1.jpgOctober 26, 1990, Greencastle, Ind. - "America cannot, and will not, stand on the sidelines. We must remain engaged" in the Middle East crisis, U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle, a 1969 DePauw University graduate, said at his alma mater today. Quayle spoke to more than 4,000 people in Neal Fieldhouse of DePauw's Lilly Center and was awarded the University's McNaughton Medal for Public Service.

Established in 1967, the year Secretary of the Navy-designate John McNaughton (DePauw 1942) and his wife and son were killed in a plane crash, the McNaughton Medal has been awarded four times before today. dan quayle mcnaughton-1990.jpgPrevious recipients are: Percy L. Julian (DePauw 1920) in 1972; William D. Ruckelshaus, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1984; U.S. Representative and 1952 DePauw graduate Lee H. Hamilton in 1987; and Emory University President James T. Laney in 1990. (at right: Vice President Quayle with DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms after being presented the medal)

"Today is one of the proudest days in my life," Quayle told the crowd.  "Thank you, DePauw."

After a breakfast in the Union Building, the vice president -- escorted by a large Secret Service detail -- made the one block walk to the Lilly Center, greeting the crowd that lined the walk.  Quayle stopped to talk with a groupdan quayle-1990-child.jpg which was protesting President Bush's recent veto of civil rights legislation

A video montage of today's visit by the vice president can be seen here: Video Link [Download Video: "VP Dan Quayle '69 at DePauw" - 14,947kb].

All four Indianapolis television news teams covered today's event, as did the national press corps. Available for viewing is a report from Indy's CBS affiliate, filed by Ken Owen '82: Video Link [Download Video: "WISH-TV Covers VP Quayle" - 6611kb]; a partial look at the piece which aired on ABC affiliate WRTV: Video Link [Download Video: "Partial WRTV Report" - 3310kb]; and another story from NBC affiliate WTHR: Video Link [Download Video: "Channel 13's VP Report" - 5900kb]. You may also view a short clip of a WTTV news report on the vice president's award and speech here: Video Link [Download Video: "McNaughton Medal to VP Dan Quayle '69" - 1630kb].

Dan Quayle was sworn in as Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1989.

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