Stone, Dewey David, 1900-1977Alternative names
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.
Graduates Boston University College of Business Administration
Marries Anne Abrams
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science founded.
Boston University science building named in honor of DDS and his brother Harry
Formal dedication of the Weizmann Institute
Receives honorary degree from Boston University
Certificate of merit award from Jewish War Veterans
Honorary degree from Stonehill College
Receives honorary fellowship from Weizmann Institute
New administration building of Weizmann Institute dedicated as "Anne and Dewey D. Stone Administration Building"
Named associate founder of Boston University
School in Kiryat Hayovel, Israel named in honor of DDS, in honor of his 70th birthday.
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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