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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.
Harry S. Truman1945-1953
Leonard M. Elstad, G-'231945-1969
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Betty Jane StarkBachelor of ScienceJune 2, 1945
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.
Edward Carson CarneyBachelor of ArtsMay 28, 1949
Gerald "Bummy" BursteinBachelor of ArtsMay 27, 1950
Thanks to Mr. Gerald "Bummy" Burstein, '50 & H-'86, for generously donating his diplomas to the University Archives.
Kenneth Walters NortonBachelor of ScienceMay 27, 1950
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.
Bernard Nathan BraggBachelor of ArtsMay 24, 1952
Gallaudet University would like to thank Bernard Bragg '52 for generously donating his B.A. diploma.
Frank Turk, Jr.Bachelor of ArtsMay 24, 1952
Thanks to Dr. Frank Turk, Jr., '52 for generously donating his diploma to the Gallaudet University Archives.
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