NHIOP Research Center Dedicated to Thomas Dodd

April 25, 2008

Sen. Chris DoddFather Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of the college, dedicated a research center at the NHIOP in honor of the late Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, a 1926 graduate of Saint Anselm College’s preparatory school and 1964 honorary degree recipient. Dodd was a senior prosecutor in the international war crimes trials of Nazi leaders after WWII and dedicated his life to public service, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.

The center, formerly the Center for International Affairs, was dedicated and blessed as The Honorable Thomas J. Dodd Center for the Study of International Affairs and Law on April 25, which was proclaimed Thomas J. Dodd Day in New Hampshire by Gov. John Lynch.

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and his sister, Carolyn, were present at the dedication, and the senator delivered a public lecture on their father’s life and work. He also signed copies of his book, Letters from Nuremberg: My Father’s Narrative of a Quest for Justice. The senior senator from Connecticut was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president, and taught a class in the economics and business department during a visit to Saint Anselm College last year.

“This college’s relationship with the late senator has extended over eight decades,” said Father Jonathan. “Today is another milestone in this relationship.” Faculty and students today and in the future will be reminded of his example of a life well lived, the president said, and will be inspired by the way he opened the eyes of his world to the longing and needs of so many.

Professor Barbara Baudot, acting chair for the Department of Politics and research coordinator for the newly dedicated center, welcomed Sen. Dodd and guests to the dedication ceremony. Sen. Dodd was introduced by Matt Seebeck, a junior politics major from Connecticut. Sen. Lou D’Allesandro presented the State of New Hampshire’s resolution and proclamation of Thomas J. Dodd Day.

Post written by Laurie Morrissey


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