Fifty Years Ago at PMC

May 31, 2013

It was half a century ago today that President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Pennsylvania Military College for a luncheon in his honor, a military review of the cadets, a ceremony in which he bestowed awards, and a reception.

“In my wildest dreams, I never dreamed I would get that close to a president,” said retired Gen. John Tilelli, a graduate of the 1963 class who shook Eisenhower’s hand that day and would go on to earn the rank of a four-star general. An article in the spring issue of Widener Magazine goes into much more detail.

You can see an online photo slideshow of 23 images from Eisenhower’s visit that are held by the Widener University Archives, and the video below features the former president and five-star general on campus.


One comment

  1. Great slideshow! I really enjoyed seeing those pictures as a reminder of this very significant event in Widener/PMC history.

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