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Awards and Honors
The Academy of American Poets presented awards for distinguished poetic achievement to Elizabeth Bishop, who also received the Academy's 1964 fellowship, and to Eric Daniel Feldman.
The American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Gold Key was presented to Mary J. Switzer, Commissioner of Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The American Institute of Architects awarded a gold medalto Pier Luigi Nervi, best known for his buildings housing the 1960 Rome Olympics.
Mrs. Cora Hjertaas Stavig, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, waschosen American Mother of the Year by the American Mothers Committee, Inc. She is the wife of Lawrence Stavig, president of Augustana College. The mother of four grown sons has also been a foster mother to many foreign students.
The Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
presented its first awards in 1964.
The Canadian Association of Children's Librarians presented Book of the Year for Children medals to Roderick Haig-Brown for The Whale People, and to Cécile Chabot for Férie.
Geoffrey Beene and Jacques Tiffeau received Coty American Fashion Critics Hall of Fame Awards.
The Distinguished Service Award of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped was presented to Gallaudet Colleg, the only college for the deaf in the world, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
The E. P. Dutton - John Macrae Award of $1,000 for advancement of library service to children and young people was presented to Priscilla L. Moulton, Coordinator of Elementary School Libraries for the Swampscott (Massachusetts) Public Schools.
W. Blackie, president of Caterpillar Tractor Company, was named (Handicapped) Employer of the Year for 1963.
R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. was named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Committee.
Lynn Diane Hadar, 16, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was named 1964 Girl of the Year by the Girls Clubs of America, for outstanding accomplishments in homemaking skills and club activities.
The Grolier Society Award of $500 was presented to Mrs. Inger Boye, children's librarian in Highland Park, Illinois, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the reading needs of young people.
The Guggenheim International Award went to Alberto Giacometti for his painting Large Nude.
Jerry J. Walsh, founder of Courage, Inc., which places disabled persons in jobs, was named the Handicapped American of the Year for 1963.
The Lippincott Award of $1,000, for distinguished service to librarianship, went to Robert Bingham Downs, Dean of Library Administration at the University of Illinois.
The Melchior Scholarship of $1,000, for study in children's librarianship, was awarded to Mrs. Dallas D. Shaffer, bookmobile senior clerk for the St. Louis (Missouri) Public Library.
The Melvil Dewey Medal for creative professional achievement was awarded to John W. Cronin, director of the processing department, Library of Congress.
The Military Chaplains Association gave Bob Hope its 1964 National Citizenship Award for entertaining the armed forces.
The 1964 National Book Award went to Aileen Ward's John Keats: The Making of a Poet.
The National Conference on Social Welfare 1964 Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Robert Hanna Felix, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, for "his oustanding achievements in helping to advance our attitudes, knowledge, and skills in the cause of the mentally ill."
The National Council of Churches presented its Department of Social Welfare Award to Robert E. Bondy, director of the National Social Welfare Assembly, for "outstanding leadership ... and faithful service."
The National Council of State Garden Clubs awarded its Gold Seal to David Burpee at its 35th annual convention in New York City, New York, May 17 to 21. He was recognized as a "world gardener" and for his contributions to the "Seeds for Peace" program.
Dr. John S. Young, of Denver, Colorado, was named Physician of the Year for 1963.
The Presidential Medal
of Freedom was presented to 30 individuals by
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson at White House ceremonies
on September 14.
Ramón Magsaysay Foundation
Yves Oscar Fortier, chief of the Canadian Geological Survey's Economic Geology Division, received the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Massey Medal. He was cited for exploration and study of the Northwest Territories and the Arctic Archipelago.
The Royal Swedish Academy Gold Medal was presented to Arvid Paulson for his translation of some 40 dramas by August Strindberg into English.
Denmark presented its Sonning Prize to Dominique Georges Henri Pire, Roman Catholic priest and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1958, for his humanitarian work with European and Asian refugees.
Don Carlton Tyler was named 1964 Star Farmer of America and awarded $1,000 at the Future Farmers of America annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri, in mid-October. Three other Star Farmers were selected, each receiving $500: Merlin Hamilton, Lyle F. Nielson, and George H. Culverhouse.
Lawana Trout, an English teacher at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, was named Teacher of the Year.
United Nations Fridtjof Nansen Medals, for services to refugees, were awarded to Dame May Curwen, founder of the British Council for Aid to Refugees, and to François Preziosi of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office and Jean Plicque of the International Labor Organization, both of whom were killed in 1964 while assisting refugees in Congo (Léopoldville).
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