Marshall And Red Cross Topic Of Jan. 30 Talk



Author Tom Bowers will discuss his new publication, “A Tonic to My Spirit: George Catlett Marshall and the American Red Cross” on Thursday, Jan. 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Pogue Auditorium of the Marshall Foundation.

His account of George Marshall’s presidency of the American Red Cross was published in 2019. It is based on Marshall’s published papers, unpublished material at the George C. Marshall Foundation Library, the headquarters of the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. and the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, and in contemporary newspapers.

Bowers is docent director at George Marshall’s

Dodona Manor in Leesburg. A native of Indiana, he was professor and dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1971 to 2006. As a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer, he served at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) from 1965 to 1968.

This is the fifth lecture in “The Man for All Seasons” sequence of the Legacy Series. These talks explore aspects of George C. Marshall’s life that are often overshadowed by his achievements as Army chief of staff and secretary of state, including his time as a cadet at VMI, his tenure as president of the American Red Cross, and his chairmanship of the American Battlefield Monuments Commission.

The sequence “The Man for All Seasons” is made possible through the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Due to limited seating, those interested in attending are asked to reserve a seat by tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 23. To reserve a seat, call Leigh McFaddin at 463-7103, ext. 138, or send email to Marshall Foundation members and students will be admitted free; nonmembers will pay $15 at the door.

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