Gallery of Diplomas - Harry S. Truman

The following are diplomas granted to Gallaudet University graduate and undergraduate students and signed by United States President Harry Truman who was president from 1945 until 1953.

Diplomas were also signed by Leonard Elstad, president of Gallaudet from 1945 until 1969.

During this period, the school was known as the Columbia Institution for the Deaf which included both the Kendall School primary programs and Gallaudet College.

U.S. President

Gallaudet University President

U.S. President Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman

Leonard Elstad
Leonard M. Elstad, G-'23


1944 Betty Jane Stark diploma
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*Thanks to Dr. Dennis Galvan, professor of psychology, for generously donating the diplomas of his father, John Galvan, Jr., '43, and mother, Betty Jane Stark, '45, to the University Archives.

1944 Betty Jane Stark
Betty Jane Stark
Bachelor of Science
June 2, 1945


1949 Edward Carney diploma
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Edward Carney
Edward Carson Carney
Bachelor of Arts
May 28, 1949


1950 Gerald Burstein
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*Thanks to Mr. Gerald "Bummy" Burstein, '50 & H-'86, for generously donating his diplomas to the University Archives.

Gerald Burstein
Gerald "Bummy" Burstein
Bachelor of Arts
May 27, 1950

1950 Kenneth Walters Norton diploma
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*Gallaudet University would like to thank the family of Kenneth, '50, and Audree, '52, Norton for generously donating his diploma to the Gallaudet University Archives.

Kenneth Walters Norton
Kenneth Walters Norton
Bachelor of Science
May 27, 1950


1952 Bernard Nathan Bragg diploma
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*Gallaudet University would like to thank Bernard Bragg ’52 for generously donating his B.A. diploma .

Bernard Nathan Bragg
Bernard Nathan Bragg
Bachelor of Arts
May 24, 1952

1952 Frank Turk diploma
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*Thanks to Dr. Frank Turk, Jr., ‘52 for generously donating his diploma to the Gallaudet University Archives.

Frank Turk
Frank Turk, Jr.
Bachelor of Arts
May 24, 1952

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