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Myer Feldman, Influential Adviser to President Kennedy 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

Myer Feldman
Myer "Mike" Feldman, who helped John F. Kennedy ascend to the presidency and then arranged his funeral after he was assassinated, died in March at the age of 92.

A member of Kennedy's inner circle, Mr. Feldman, W'35, L'38, was an influential but little-known adviser who prepared the young presidential candidate for his famous debate with Richard Nixon.

As deputy special counsel under Ted Sorenson, Mr. Feldman handled a huge portfolio of duties at a time when the executive staff numbered in the tens rather than the hundreds. He was responsible for everything from trade issues to agriculture to Middle East affairs, often shuttling back and forth to Israel to discuss delicate peace negotiations and the country's nuclear program. He also drafted speeches including Kennedy's famous words at the Berlin Wall.
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