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Sen. John W. Warner to Speak at ODU for Waldo Family Lecture Series Thursday

John W. Warner, U.S. senator from Virginia, will be the guest speaker for the Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations at Old Dominion University Thursday, Oct. 9. The time for the talk has been changed to 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the North Cafeteria of Webb University Center.

Warner has won five consecutive elections to the U.S. Senate, beginning in 1978. In 2005, Senator Warner became the second-longest serving U.S. Senator from Virginia in the 218-year history of the Senate. Warner announced last year that he would not run for re-election this year.

Now serving in his 29th year, Warner is the former chairman, and now the second-ranking Republican, of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He also serves as the second-ranking Republican on two other committees, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. In addition, he serves on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

Warner began his association with the military more than 60 years ago when he enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 during World War II. He later served in Korea as an officer in the Marine Corps. From 1969 to 1974, Senator Warner served first as undersecretary, then as secretary of the Navy, leading the Navy and the Marine Corps through the second half of the Vietnam War. Following his work as secretary of the Navy, he was appointed by President Ford to coordinate the celebration of the Bicentennial of the founding of the United States of America, directing the federal role at events in all fifty states and in 22 foreign countries.

The Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations, Old Dominion's first endowed lecture series, was established in 1985 to honor the memory of Loren Pierce Waldo Jr., William Joseph Waldo, Robert Hendren Waldo, Susan Waldo O'Hara, Julia Ann Waldo Campbell, and Harry Creekmur Waldo. Over the years, renowned speakers in the fields of government, foreign affairs, journalism, education and public service have visited the campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (757) 683-5759.

This article was posted on: October 6, 2008

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