Stone, Dewey David, 1900-1977

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Dewey David Stone (DDS) was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on August 31 st, 1900. He served as a Sergeant Major in World War I, graduated from Boston University in 1920 and married Anne Abrams, also of Brockton, in 1923.

He played a role in U.S. politics, providing funds which aided Harry Truman in securing the 1944 Vice Presidential nomination and raising money for Truman's 1948 presidential campaign. DDS also assisted John F. Kennedy in his 1952 senatorial campaign by providing him the opportunity to address Massachusetts Jewish leaders. (Kennedy had had difficulty procuring invitations from Jewish organizations, due to his father's previous endorsement of Adolf Hitler.) DDS also served as an advisor to Kennedy during his presidential campaign.

DDS was a leading figure in the American Zionist movement. He was one of the founding members of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science; this Committee raised funds for the development and expansion of the Daniel Sieff Research Institute, receiving funds from individual donors and from the Zionist Organization of America, B'nai B'rith, Hadassah, the Canadian Zionist Organization, and the United Palestine Appeal of Canada. DDS served as Chairman of the Committee's board from its inception in 1944 until 1971. He also served as Chair of the Weizmann Institute's Board of Governors.

In 1946, DDS headed the U.S. operation to acquire boats to bring survivors of the Holocaust into Palestine and during the 1947-1948 United Nations debates, he played a major role in securing votes for the UN Partition Resolution. After the Resolution was passed, he helped Dr. Chaim Weizmann secure President Truman's recognition of Israel.

DDS was active in many Jewish organizations, serving as National Chair of the United Jewish Appeal from 1955 to 1963, of the United Israel Appeal from 1960 to 1968, and of the Jewish Agency from 1960 to 1968. He received many awards and honors, several of which are highlighted in the following chronology. He died in 1977.

  • 1900: DDS born
  • 1920: Graduates Boston University College of Business Administration
  • 1923: Marries Anne Abrams
  • 1944: American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science founded.
  • 1948: Boston University science building named in honor of DDS and his brother Harry
  • 1949: Formal dedication of the Weizmann Institute
  • 1950: Receives honorary degree from Boston University
  • 1952: Certificate of merit award from Jewish War Veterans
  • 1958: Honorary degree from Stonehill College
  • 1960: Receives honorary fellowship from Weizmann Institute
  • 1966: New administration building of Weizmann Institute dedicated as "Anne and Dewey D. Stone Administration Building"
  • 1969: Named associate founder of Boston University
  • 1970: School in Kiryat Hayovel, Israel named in honor of DDS, in honor of his 70th birthday.
  • 1977: Death of DDS

From the guide to the Dewey D. Stone papers, undated, 1916-1984 (bulk 1941-1982), (American Jewish Historical Society)

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referencedIn American Jewish League for Israel (AJLI), records, 1927, 1957-2009 American Jewish Historical Society
creatorOf Dewey D. Stone papers, undated, 1916-1984 (bulk 1941-1982) American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Henry Wise, Papers, 1941-2010 American Jewish Historical Society
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associatedWith American Jewish League for Israel (AJLI) corporateBody
associatedWith Ben Gurion, David, 1886-1973 person
associatedWith Boston University corporateBody
associatedWith Cushing, Richard Cardinal, 1895-1970 person
associatedWith Eban, Abba Solomon, 1915- person
associatedWith Fine, Jacob, 1900-1980 person
associatedWith Ford, Henry, II, 1917-1987 person
associatedWith Goldman, Sholom, 1893-1953 person
associatedWith Humphrey, Hubert H., 1911-1978 person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 person
associatedWith Kollek, Teddy, 1911- person
associatedWith McCormack, John W., 1891-1980 person
associatedWith Meir, Golda, 1898-1978 person
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 person
associatedWith Rehovot Israel. Weizmann Institute of Science corporateBody
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 person
associatedWith United Jewish Appeal corporateBody
associatedWith Weisgal, Meyer Wolfe, 1894- person
associatedWith Weizmann, Chaim, 1874-1952 person
associatedWith Weizmann, Vera, 1882-1966 person
associatedWith Wise, Henry person
associatedWith Wise, Stephen Samuel, 1874-1949 person
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Birth 1900

Death 1977



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