The 2013 contest paid tribute to the life and work of Sol M. Linowitz, J.D. '38 and Trustee of Cornell University. Linowitz distinguished himself as a lawyer, businessman, and diplomat. Above all, he was a public servant.
Sol Linowitz was a the forefront of three major historical turning points:
- Photocopying: As chairman of Xerox, he spearheaded the commercialization of photocopying using xerography.
- Panama Canal: s Special Representative for the Panama Canal Negotiations, he negotiated the return of the canal to Panama.
- Middle East: As Special Ambassador to the Middle East, he negotiated peace between Egypt and Israel over Sinai.
In 1998, he received the Medal of Freedom from President Clinton, who said that getting "advice from Sol Linowitz on international diplomacy is like getting trumpet lessons from the angel Gabriel."
Linowitz authored two books, The Making of a Public Man, an autobiography about his life in service, and The Betrayed Profession, about the legal profession. Both of these books, along with four others, are available on reserve at ILR's Catherwood Library for you to consult in preparing your sermon.
Profiled as a Legend in the Law and the Pride of the Profession, Linowitz's life and work should provide a fountain of inspiration for your sermon. For more information, feel free to consult the Cornell Chronicle, New York Times, The Washington Post, or The Independent.
Linowitz served as:
- Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Campus Tensions
- Chairman of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger
- U.S. Representative to the Organization of merican States (OAS)
- Co-Chair of the National Urban Coalition
- Chairman f the National Council of the Foreign Policy Association.
- Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Jewish Theological Seminary
- Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences
He held 23 honorary doctorate degrees, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, Hamilton College, and Johns Hopkins University.