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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.

U.S. President

Gallaudet President

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

1945-1953

Leonard Elstad

Leonard M. Elstad, G-’23

1945-1969

Betty Jane Stark Diploma

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Betty Jane Stark

Betty Jane Stark

Bachelor of Science

June 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.

1949

Edward Carson Carney Diploma

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Edward Carson Carney

Edward Carson Carney

Bachelor of Arts

May 28, 1949

1950

Gerald 'Bummy' Burstein Diploma

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Gerald 'Bummy' Burstein

Gerald “Bummy” Burstein

Bachelor of Arts

May 27, 1950

Thanks to Mr. Gerald “Bummy” Burstein, ’50 & H-’86, for generously donating his diplomas to the University Archives.

Kenneth Walters Norton Diploma

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Kenneth Walters Norton

Kenneth Walters Norton

Bachelor of Science

May 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.

1952

Bernard Bragg Diploma

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Bernard Nathan Bragg

Bernard Nathan Bragg

Bachelor of Arts

May 24, 1952

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

Frank Turk, Jr. Diploma

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Frank Turk, Jr.

Frank Turk, Jr.

Bachelor of Arts

May 24, 1952

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

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