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SMU Hosts Luncheon Honoring Millitary Veterans

November 13, 2012

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU military veterans were honored at a Nov. 7 luncheon featuring keynote speaker Patrick Walsh, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and senior fellow in SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. The university currently has 170 veterans enrolled.

SMU representatives collected toys and care package items at the event to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program and U.S. military service members. SMU’s Office of the Provost, the Cary Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, the Division of Student Affairs and the Central University Libraries joined to honor SMU’s military veterans.

"We truly appreciate the tremendous contributions of our U.S. Armed Forces service members, and it is a privilege to honor our SMU faculty, staff, students, and family members who have served and sacrificed so much so that we may live in freedom," said Lisa O’Donnell, Office of the Provost representative.

Walsh recently served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Prior to that assignment he served as vice chief of naval operations and as special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget as a White House fellow. He also has chaired the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy and directed the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review. Walsh began his career as a naval aviator and flew with the Blue Angels. His career awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legion of Merit Awards and two Meritorious Service Medals.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Provost Paul Ludden, SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer, Rita Kirk, director of the SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility; Daniel Cross and Ken Larsen of the U.S. MilVets of SMU; and David Wood of the SMU Cox Veterans in Business spoke at the ceremony.

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