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Just the Ticket CIA Deputy Director Finally “Admitted” To See Churchill

As a young man, Earle H. Harbison, Jr., could only squeeze through the crowd to catch a glimpse of Winston Churchill waving from his motorcade during the former British prime minister’s famous visit to Westminster College on March 5, 1946. The Washington University student drove to Fulton, MO, from St. Louis, MO, that day to witness history being made. But he didn’t have a ticket to Churchill’s “Sinews of Peace” speech.

Harbison received the coveted ticket nearly 75 years later at a ceremony at the Bogey Club in St. Louis on October 18. The former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency received the ticket along with the Distinguished Churchill Fellows Award from the Association of Churchill Fellows.

Harbison earned the award and ticket for his long-term commitment to America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College.

The ticket was presented to Harbison by Timothy Riley, the Sandra and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of ANCM, and Senior Churchill Fellow Philip Boeckman.

Harbison’s recognition was part of a ceremony entitled “Churchill: The Sportsman.” Also included in the evening were presentations by Olympic gold-medal swimmer Katie Hoff and CIA veteran Mark Sparkman, who is now the Hon. James E. Baker Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University in New York.

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