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Claude Pepper and Mary McCahill

Claude Denson Pepper (September 8, 1900 – May 30, 1989) was an American politician of the Democratic Party and a spokesman for left-liberalism and the elderly. He represented Florida in the United States Senate from 1936 to 1951 and the Miami area in the United States House of Representatives from 1963 until 1989.

Mary McCahill (1907-1996) Mary McCahill was inducted in the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame in 1993, recognizing her contributions to Nova, the art museum, the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurses Association, the American Hearing Society, the Opera Society and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was the president of the museum and directed the museum's growth from a small, former hardware storefront on Las Olas Boulevard to a 63,000-square-foot, $7.5 million building in 1986. They also brought exhibits of the works of painter Norman Rockwell and photographer Ansel Adams to the museum.

Mrs. McCahill’ s intuitiveness and determination for helping the Nova, the Davie-based campus grow from 500 students in 1972 to more than 6,000 in 1989.

She served as the private university's first - and only - chairwoman of the board of trustees, from 1975 to 1987. She remained the only former board member to be given the power to vote on any issue for life.

Nova officials named the palm tree-lined main street on campus in her honor.

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Photo Credit Gerlinde Photography

Born in Chambers County, Alabama, Pepper established a legal practice in Perry, Florida, after graduating from Harvard Law School. After serving a single term in the Florida House of Representatives, Pepper won a 1936 special election to succeed Senator Duncan U. Fletcher. Pepper became one of the most prominent liberals in Congress, supporting legislation such as the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. After World War II, Pepper's conciliatory views towards the Soviet Union and opposition to President Harry Truman's 1948 re-nomination engendered opposition within the party. Pepper lost the 1950 Senate Democratic primary to Congressman George Smathers and returned to private legal practice the following year.

In 1962, Pepper won election to a newly-created district in the United States House of Representatives. He emerged as a staunch anti-Communist and strongly criticized Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Pepper served as chairman of the House Committee on Aging and pursued reforms to Social Security and Medicare. From 1983 to 1989, he served as chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. He died in office in 1989 and was honored with a state funeral. In 2000, the United States Postal Service issued a 33¢ Distinguished Americans series postage stamp honoring Pepper.

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Mary McCahill (1907-1996) Mary McCahill was inducted in the Broward County Women's Hall of Fame in 1993, recognizing her contributions to Nova, the art museum, the American Red Cross, the Visiting Nurses Association, the American Hearing Society, the Opera Society and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

She was the president of the museum and directed the museum's growth from a small, former hardware storefront on Las Olas Boulevard to a 63,000-square-foot, $7.5 million building in 1986. They also brought exhibits of the works of painter Norman Rockwell and photographer Ansel Adams to the museum.

Mrs. McCahill’ s intuitiveness and determination for helping the Nova, the Davie-based campus grow from 500 students in 1972 to more than 6,000 in 1989.

She served as the private university's first - and only - chairwoman of the board of trustees, from 1975 to 1987. She remained the only former board member to be given the power to vote on any issue for life.

Nova officials named the palm tree-lined main street on campus in her honor.

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Circa Date

1985

Date Digital

2017

Format

color photographic print

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Forum

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NSU Archives, Nova Southeastern University

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Educational use only, no other permissions given. U.S. and international copyright laws may protect this item. Commercial use or distribution of this digital object is not permitted without written permission of the Nova Southeastern University Archives.

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Scanned from a photographic print using a EPSON Perfection V700 Photo Scanner at 600 dpi in Tiff format

Keywords

Distinguished Speakers Series, Executive Council Forum, Forum Series, Nova Southeastern University, Lecture, Presentation

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