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In Memory of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

The nation has lost one of its greatest leaders and the University of Massachusetts has lost one of its greatest friends.  We are not alone, because Edward M. Kennedy was a great friend to all of those causes in which he believed.  I was honored to present the Senator with the President's Medal, the highest honor of the University of Massachusetts, in 2005.  He was a friend of education and a warrior for the poor and voiceless.  Senator Kennedy will always be in the hearts and minds of the people of the University. 

We are honored that he and his family chose, during his lifetime, to site at the University a lasting and permanent legacy to his life's work in the Senate.  The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at UMass Boston will ensure that his legacy of leadership, public service, and compassion will be remembered and understood and also that it will continue through the aspirations of our young citizens and their continuing work to demonstrate concern for those who are in our care and to advance hope for all.  That is what education is all about.  No one understood that better than Senator Kennedy.  Our sympathies are with the entire Kennedy family.

Jack M. Wilson



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