Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey To Deliver Thomas J. Furphy Lecture Thurs., Nov. 6
Student discussion with Gen. McCaffrey will be held at 4 p.m. in the White Board Room of McShea Center. Public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Billera Hall will include Q & A session.
Center Valley, Pa. (November 3, 2003) -- General Barry R. McCaffrey, United States Army (ret.), international affairs expert and former national drug czar, will deliver the twentieth Reverend Thomas J. Furphy Lecture at DeSales University at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 6, in Billera Hall. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For ticket reservations, call (610) 282-4604.
A student discussion with General McCaffrey will be held at 4 p.m. in the White Board Room of McShea Center. (PLEASE NOTE: Student discussion is not open to the public, but media is invited to attend.)
Gen. McCaffrey is an expert commentator on terrorism and U.S. military activity for NBC News and BBC TV. Presently, he serves as the Olin-Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and heads a consulting firm specializing in international security issues. He also writes a regularly scheduled commentary on national security issues for Armed Forces Journal International.
Considered among the great military leaders of our time, Gen. McCaffrey served overseas for 13 years, including four combat tours: Dominican Republic, Vietnam (twice) and Iraq. In 1996, after 31 years of service, he retired from active duty as the youngest and most highly decorated four-star General in the United States Army.
A trained Army Ranger and parachutist, General McCaffrey was wounded in combat three times and twice received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest award for valor. He also was awarded two Silver Stars and three Purple Heart medals. During his military career, he served in key positions, such as the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Planner for General Colin Powell and commander of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm.
Upon his retirement from military service, General McCaffrey was confirmed as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy by unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate in February 1996, and served until January 2001. He received the CIA Great Seal Medallion, in recognition of his extensive intelligence experience, and also honored by the Coast Guard and Drug Enforcement Agency. Prior to his confirmation as the National Drug Policy Director, he served as the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command coordinating national security operations in Latin America.
A graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and West Point, General McCaffrey earned a master's of arts degree in civil government from American University. He attended the Harvard University National Security Program and the Business School Executive Education Program.
The Furphy Lecture series was established in memory of Father Thomas J. Furphy, 1912-1982, a native of Philadelphia and a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Father Furphy, a distinguished teacher of "National Problems," began his 38-year career in education in 1939, as a faculty member at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He also served as Northeast Catholic's director of athletics from 1941 to 1960. After teaching at the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, and at Villanova University, Father Furphy joined the faculty in the department of economics at Allentown College, now DeSales University, in 1967. He retired in1977, and resided at the University's faculty residence, Wills Hall, until his death in 1982.
The Furphy Lecture series was funded by a group of Father Furphy's closest friends and focuses on the theme of "National and International Problems." Previous speakers include: John Cardinal O'Connor, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, William Colby, Abba Eban, Antonin Scalia, Shimon Peres, Louis Freeh and Benazir Bhutto.
For more information on the visit by Gen. Barry McCaffrey and the Furphy Lecture series, please contact Penny Savakis, director of public relations at DeSales University, at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1477.
Press Release: Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey To Deliver Thomas J. Furphy Lecture Thurs., Nov. 6 | Posted on: 11/6/2003
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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