Influential Adviser to President Kennedy
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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
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.