TOPEKA (KSNT) – Washburn University in Topeka have announced that Washburn alumnus, former Senator Robert J. Dole will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2015 homecoming parade.
Dole graduated from Washburn with bachelor of arts and juris doctor degrees, both in 1952. Dole has held elected positions in the Kansas House of Representatives, as a Russell County (Kan.) attorney and as a U.S. Congressman before spending nearly 30 years as a U.S. Senator. He was Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Senate Majority Leader, where he set a record as the longest-serving Republican Leader. Dole was President Gerald Ford’s vice presidential running mate in 1976 and Republican presidential candidate in 1988 and in 1996. A World War II veteran, he served as national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign and authored the autobiographical One Soldier’s Story and other books.
Washburn conferred on him an honorary doctor of law in 1969 and an honorary doctor of civil law in 1985. He received the Washburn Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1966. Washburn Law honored him with the Law Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 1981 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
The Washburn homecoming parade will take place on October 24th at 10 a.m.