On Wednesday, March 13, 2013, The Institute of World Politics and the Sophia and William Casey Foundation co-hosted The William J. Casey Centennial in honor of the 100th birthday of the late William J. Casey, former Director of Central Intelligence and father-in-law of IWP board chairman Owen Smith.
Bernadette Smith, the daughter of William Casey and John Lenczowski, President of The Institute of World Politics, introduced the event. Speakers included Owen Smith and Ambassador Hugh Montgomery, who discussed "The Office of Strategic Services;" Hon. Stanley Sporkin; Barbara Hayward, Ed Meese, Amb. Gerald Carmen, and Richard V. Allen, who discussed "Electing Ronald Reagan;" Joe DeTrani, John Lenczowski, Peter Schweizer, Owen Smith, and Richard V. Allen, who discussed "Commitment to the Cause of Peace;" and Hon. Edwin Meese III, who gave the keynote address.
A commemorative booklet was released at the event that highlighted some of Director Casey's achievements and showcased some of the more personal aspects of his life. The book includes documents that have not previously been released, including his letter to his daughter Bernadette while he served in Europe in WWII as a member of the OSS, an interview with his former executive assistant in the CIA, and Ronald Reagan's acceptance letter of his resignation from the post of DCI.
The event was attended by IWP supporters, trustees, faculty, alumni, friends, and members of the Casey family.
Above: Ed Meese, Bill Casey, and Ronald Reagan
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