Roosevelt Medal Descendants Ceremony at the Panama Canal Museum
Wednesday, August 16 2006 @ 02:08 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Mostly Grandchildren Now: The last Roosevelt Medal was awarded in 1914. Most of the descendants in attendance at the ceremony were the grandchildren of the original builders of the Panama Canal.
Assn. President Marc Quinn presides over the ceremony in the new area of the Panama Canal Museum dedicated to the American builders of the Panama Canal and recipients of the Roosevelt Medal. Marc and his brother Bruce Quinn are the grandsons of Roosevelt Medal holder Patrick J. Quinn.
Berta Ramona Thayer reads a passage in Spanish about the historical significance of the Roosevelt Medal. Looking over her shoulder is a bronze bust of President Theodore Roosevelt that was presented to the Panama Canal Museum by Hillary Clinton.
Fred Sill reads the English version of the same passage to the assembled participants.
Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Panama Canal Museum Dr. Angeles Ramos Baquero explains future plans for a computerized system documenting the lives and history of the Roosevelt Medal recipients that will be installed in the museum.
Kevin Bradley, Lucile Robison, and Jose Thrower listen to the presentations.
Lucile Robison, daughter of Roosevelt Medal recipient George Tarflinger, wearing her father's medal.
A Closeup (actually, a zoom-in) on the medal Lucile Robison was wearing.
The Roosevelt Medal that's on display in the museum.
Annual Gathering in front of the new exhibit dedicated to the recipients of the Roosevelt Medal in the Canal Museum, descendants of the original "expats" to Panama.
International Insurance Guru Kevin Bradley (first finger to the left) points to the name of of his grandfather, James E. Bradley, that appears on the list of Roosevelt Medal recipients in the Panama Canal Museum.
Kevin Bradley next to the list of medal holders.
A Bust of Theodore Roosevelt, presented by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Kevin Bradley, Luis Arreaga, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Panama, museum curator Dr. Angeles Ramos Baquero, and Bruce Quinn, widely recognized as the best director and producer of live theater in Panama.