A College That Reveres Reagan Will Mark the Fall of the Berlin Wall





There are institutions that are merely proud of their famous graduates, and then there's Eureka College and Ronald W. Reagan.

The former U.S. president's alma mater, a small liberal-arts college in central Illinois, has a Reagan society, a Reagan museum, and a Reagan Physical Education Center. An annotated map on the college's Web site notes where Mr. Reagan gave his first public speech (the Chapel, 1928) and where he competed on the swim team (Pritchard Hall).

Next month the college will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in another campus landmark named for the Illinois native: the Ronald Reagan Peace Garden, where a portion of the wall stands in his honor.

"I think Ronald Reagan had a closer relationship with Eureka College than just about any president has had with his or her alma mater," says John D. Morris, director of development for the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program and the Ronald Reagan Museum at the college.


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