David Rubenstein, '73: Recipient of 2017 American Spirit Award

The National WWII Museum held its recent American Spirit Awards gala to celebrate “individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the WWII years and throughout history.” Among the past recipients were Stephen E. Ambrose, Ph.D., former President George H.W. Bush, former Ambassador Corinne “Lindy” Boggs, award-winning news anchor and author Tom Brokaw, and famous award-winning actor Tom Hanks.

Hailed as the 2017 American Spirit Awards recipients were a brace of Davids: David M. Rubenstein and David McCullough. Editor of the Law Review at The University of Chicago Law School, Rubenstein later joined President Jimmy Carter’s administration; co-founded The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms; developed a long-standing interest in history, made evident by his acquisition of such iconic documents as a 1297 copy of the Magna Carta (the only copy in private hands); and has provided funding to repair a number of major U.S. monuments and sites. He chairs the boards of Duke University (his alma mater), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Madison Council of the Library of Congress.

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