Pam Parry, chair of the Communication Studies Department, signed Jan. 18 a deed of gift to the Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas, donating an oral history interview. The interview with Richard C. Snyder, the son of President Eisenhower’s personal physician, will be added to the holdings of the library for use by future researchers. The president’s doctor — Dr. Howard Snyder — was a key figure in the administration because Eisenhower had three illnesses while in office, including a heart attack, stroke and ileitis (Crohn’s disease). Parry interviewed Richard Snyder for her dissertation, titled “The PR President: How Ike Transformed Political Communication.” The Eisenhower Library is one of 13 presidential libraries in the nation.
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