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Centennial 2003




Mike Mansfield Centennial 2003

To honor Mike Mansfield’s centennial on March 16, 2003, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation sponsored three celebrations in Missoula, Montana, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, Japan. These special events highlighted Mike Mansfield’s many contributions to the nation, the U.S. Senate, and U.S.-Asia relations, as well as to his home state of Montana. As the organization that seeks to carry on Mike Mansfield’s legacy in advancing understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation was pleased to co-sponsor these events with several individuals, foundations and corporations in the United States and Japan.


Montana Celebration
March 16-19, 2003


In honor of Senator Mike Mansfield’s 100th birthday, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana hosted a three-day event paying tribute to the life and legacy of Senator Mansfield and his wife Maureen Hayes Mansfield.


The Mansfield Centennial Celebration began on Senator Mansfield’s actual birthday (March 16th) when a bronze statue of Mrs. Maureen Mansfield was unveiled in the Mansfield Library Archives. The statue was commissioned by Sophie Engelhard Craighead, former member of the board of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. This event was followed over the next two days by a series of panel discussions and a round table reminiscence featuring guest speakers, including Former Ambassador to Japan and 49th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas F. Foley, Judy Martz (Governor of the state of Montana), L. Gordon Flake (Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation), Dorothy Bradley (Former Member, Montana State Legislature), Don Oberdorfer (Mansfield Biographer and Journalist for the Washington Post), Ray Dockstader (Former Legislative Assistant to Senator Mansfield) and George McGovern (Former U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Senator).


Other special guests included Ms. Anne Mansfield (Mike and Maureen Mansfield’s daughter), Pat Williams (Former Montana Congressman), and George Dennison (President of The University of Montana and member of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation Board of Directors). All events were free and open to the public, and more than 300 people attended over the three-day celebration. The Montana Centennial was made possible with support from The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

Washington, D.C., Celebration
April 2, 2003





More than 180 Congressional leaders, diplomats, journalists and public policy leaders paid tribute to Mike Mansfield at a black-tie dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.


The honorary dinner committee included present and former Senate Majority leaders Robert C. Byrd, George J. Mitchell, Thomas A. Daschle, Howard H. Baker, Jr., Robert Dole, Trent Lott, and William Frist, as well as the following diplomatic, corporate and political leaders: Michael H. Armacost, Nancy Kassebaum Baker, Max Baucus, James H. Billington, Conrad Burns, Warren M. Christopher, Charles F. Dolan, Thomas S. Foley, Maurice R. Greenberg, Carla A. Hills, Richard C. Holbrooke, Henry A. Kissinger, Walter F. Mondale, Yoichi Morishita, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Marc Racicot, David Rockefeller, George P. Shultz, Shoichiro Toyoda and Paul A. Volcker.


Syndicated Columnist Mark Shields served as the Master of Ceremonies, with speakers Charles F. Ferris, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Howard H. Baker, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy.



The dinner was underwritten by Michael and Charlotte Delaney and the Engelhard Foundation, with support from The Maureen and Mansfield Foundation.



To read a transcript of the speech:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (PDF)






Tokyo, Japan, Celebration

April 14, 2003



The Tokyo events included a public forum and discussion on U.S.-Japan relations as well as a private reception hosted by Ambassador Howard H. Baker attended by visiting Majority Leader Bill Frist and a delegation of U.S. Senators.


More than 200 government and political leaders, public policy representatives, journalists and the public attended the public forum, entitled “Living the Legacy of Mike Mansfield: Reexamining ‘the Most Important Bilateral Relationship in the World.’” Mansfield Foundation Board members Gen. John T. Chain, Jr. (ret.) U.S. Air Force, and Desaix Anderson served as Masters of Ceremonies. The Hon. Shinzo Abe, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, and The Hon. Howard H. Baker, Jr., United States Ambassador to Japan, gave keynote speeches, which were followed by discussion by Dr. Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science of Columbia University, and Shinichi Kitaoka, Professor, Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo.



The forum was sponsored by The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, with support from the United States-Japan Foundation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation.



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