Pride of the Pine Belt: Beverly Dale

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - On Tuesday, October 19th, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright will be in Hattiesburg speaking about the future of NATO. Her presentation is part of Southern Miss's biennial Lt. Col. John Dale Distinguished Lecture Series.

Beverly Dale, a 1968 graduate of Southern Miss, is the late John Dale's daughter. She retired from the pharmaceutical industry five years ago and is now preparing for Tuesday's lecture.

Albright's visit was made possible through a donation by Beverly Dale in honor of her late father.

Dale said, "The reason this was appropriate to honor my dad was that he was a career military man. World War two, the Korean conflict and he was head of the ROTC program here at Southern."

Dale said Albright's visit will focus on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This topic is one Dale believes is relevant to her father's interests.

"In 1962 through 1964 we lived in Heidelberg Germany, where he was in the logistics division of the United States army in Europe, which was very involved in NATO activities in that part of the world."

She is also hopeful the lecture will draw university students plus current and prospective members of the U.S. military.

"And it's important that this old term that has sort of fallen on unclear meaning is being revitalized and that these folks are brought up to date with what is going to be going on in the North Atlantic Alliance," said Dale.

Madeleine Albright's lecture will take place October 19th at six thirty PM in downtown Hattiesburg at the Saenger Theater. It is free and open to the public.

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