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Mr. Rockefeller spoke briefly about the donation as an act of partnership between private and public interests.

The Secretary presented to the Honorable Lucien N. Nedzi a piece of smithsonite and a citation which read:

With great admiration, the Board of Regents and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution present to the Honorable Lucien N. Nedzi of the state of Michigan this sample smithsonite, named for our Founder, as a token of their deep appreciation for his abiding interest in the programs of the institution.  As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Libraries and Memorials of the House of Representatives from the 92nd through the 96th Congresses, Lucien Nedzi carried out his legislative oversight responsibilities with scrupulous evenhandedness and with unfailing courtesy.

In these ten years he presided over the approval of numerous pieces of legislation of critical importance to the well-being of the Institution.  None of our friends on the Hill have been more realistic in their judgment nor more generous and articulate in their support of the Smithsonian.  Board of Regents and the administration of the Institution thank you and wish you and your family well in the years ahead.

Mr. Nedzi recalled the pleasure he derived from working with the Smithsonian.

The evening concluded with a piano recital of music from American theater, 1868 to the present.

[[underlined]] Next Meetings [[/underlined]]

Executive Committee | April 6, 1981, 12 Noon
Regents Dinner | May 3, 1981
Regents Meeting | May 4, 1981, 9:30 a.m.
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