Others awarded medals

In addition to President Hinckley, this year's Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients are:

  • Robert L. Bartley, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal for three decades.
  • Edward W. Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction.
  • Doris Day, a singer and actress. She wasn't at the ceremony.
  • Vartan Gregorian, scholar and historian, who headed the New York Public Library in the 1980s.
  • Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman of the National Geographic Society.
  • Pope John Paul II, supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church, who was presented his award June 4 at the Vatican.
  • Estee Lauder, a cosmetics pioneer. She died in April at age 97.
  • Rita Moreno, winner of Grammy, Tony, and Oscar awards.
  • Arnold Palmer, winner of 92 golf championships.
  • Arnall Patz, an ophthalmologist whose breakthrough work, particularly with children, has saved thousands from blindness.
  • Norman Podhoretz, an author and longtime editor of Commentary, the American Jewish Committee magazine.
  • Walter B. Wriston, former chairman of Citibank who oversaw the introduction of electronic banking technology. He was not present.

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