The NIH Record

June 29, 1999
Vol. LI, No. 13

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Honorees Deeply Moved
President Clinton Dedicates
VRC Cornerstone

By Rich McManus

Unveiling the cornerstone of the new Vaccine Research Center at a ceremony June 9 are (from l) HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, President Clinton, Sen. Dale Bumpers and his wife Betty. The Bumperses also got a smaller version to keep as a memento of the occasion.

Professing that "it's not the name on the facade or the beauty of the building that really matters — it's the indescribable relief millions of people all over the world will get as a result of what goes on in that building. That's what really counts," Sen. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas and his wife Betty, longtime advocates of childhood immunization both in their home state and the world, were guests of honor June 9 at a ceremony in which the new Vaccine Research Center cornerstone was dedicated by President Clinton and the building was formally named in their honor.

Built primarily to answer a challenge Clinton issued 2 years ago to develop a vaccine for AIDS within 10 years, the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center "will be the Cape Canaveral of vaccine research," predicted HHS Secretary Donna Shalala. Anticipating the day when the vaccine effort finally pays off, Sen. Bumpers concluded his remarks in tears: "Betty and I, wherever we are, will smile down and say we had a small role in it."
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