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Ambassador John Dolibois to receive first Colligan history prize

Ambassador John E. Dolibois has been selected as the first recipient of the Michael J. Colligan History Project’s history prize.

Presentation of the prize will be part of a gala celebration to be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Parrish Auditorium at Miami Hamilton.

The history prize has been established to recognize individuals who have been "a maker and/or outstanding writer and teacher of history," said Michael Carrafiello, the project’s director.

Among the guests invited to personally honor Dolibois is James C. Roberts, a Miami alumnus and president of the World War II Veterans Committee, a project of the American Studies Center in Washington, D.C. Roberts will present a testimonial lecture in honor of the Ambassador and the "greatest generation."

Dolibois was born in Luxembourg and came to America in 1931. As a captain in military intelligence, he was assigned to the International War Crimes Trials at Nuremberg, where he interrogated some of the leading Nazi war criminals.

After his retirement as Miami’s vice president for university relations in 1981, Dolibois was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg, the first time in American history that an immigrant to this country had been invited to return to the land of his birth as a U. S. ambassador.

The event is free and open to the public; however, due to seating limitations, tickets are required. To order tickets, call 5-3232.

Date Published: 11/14/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 16

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