What does the name Dulles mean to you? For me, I think of Washington Dulles International Airport. I have flown through Washington Dulles many times, but I don’t always stop to think about the man the airport was named for.
Frank Andrea Miller created this cartoon just after the death of John Foster Dulles who had lost his battle with colon cancer and passed away on May 24, 1959 at Walter Reed Hospital. My grandmother clipped it from the pages of the Des Moines Register and pasted it into one of her many scrapbooks.
I really like this cartoon as it simply illustrates John Foster Dulles’ life of service to his country.
John Foster Dulles was appointed Secretary of State by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and served from 1953 to 1959 during the early years of the Cold War.
His family had a tradition of serving as Secretary of State. His grandfather John W. Foster served as Secretary of State under President Benjamin Harrison and his uncle Robert Lansing served under President Woodrow Wilson.
After reading about John Foster Dulles I will now remember his contributions to our country whenever I fly through the airport that is named after him. I will also remember him this weekend as I remember the many soldiers who have given their lives for our country. Although Dulles did not give his life on the physical battlefield, he continued to serve his country while dealing with a very painful illness. In 1959 Dulles was awarded the Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the Cold War.
John Foster Dulles was buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with many others who served our country.