The Eisenhower Statue

The bronze statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower by Robert L. Dean, Jr. was presented to the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum by the Harry and Edith Darby Foundation. The statue depicts Eisenhower in the familiar World War II "Eisenhower Jacket." The Georgia granite base has quotations from Eisenhower's illustrious careers as President of the United States, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, General of the Army, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, and Chief of Staff of the Army.

The sculptor, Robert Lee Dean, Jr. was born October 13, 1929, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1953 and served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the military service, Dean established his own financial consulting business in Mexico City. During the 1960s he became a full time sculptor and moved with his family to Florence, Italy. Dean has completed three other statues of Dwight D. Eisenhower: one is displayed in Denison, Texas, the President's birthplace; the second on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy; and the third on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in London. His other major works include two statues of General Douglas MacArthur and one of General George S Patton. His portrait sculpture works include those of Vince Lombardi, Helen Keller, and Will Rogers.

The Eisenhower Statue

Eisenhower Statue

Robert Lee Dean, Jr.

Robert Lee Dean, Jr., sculptor of the Eisenhower statue on campus.

Quotations & Insignia on the Eisenhower Statue Pedestal

Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Forces

February 13, 1944 - July 13, 1945

"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the great crusade" - Message to Troops of the A.E.F., June 6, 1944

General of the Army

December 20, 1944

"I cannot let this day pass without telling the fighting men...that my fondest boast shall always be: I was their fellow-soldier" - Address to the American Soldier, February 7, 1948

Chief of Staff, United States Army

November 19, 1945 - February 7, 1948

"It is a grievous error to forget for one second the might and power of this great republic" - Letter to Walter Bedell Smith, November 28, 1947

Supreme Allied Commander Europe
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

December 21, 1950 - May 31, 1952

"The members of this command are of many nations working together ... for the cause that lies nearest our hearts today - the preservation of peace" - Statement for British Broadcasting Corporation Series "Atlantic Alliance," February 1, 1952

34th President of the United States

January 20, 1953 - January 20, 1961

"The quest for peace is the statesman's most exacting duty ... practical progress to lasting peace is his fondest hope." - Statement on Disarmament Geneva Conference, July 21, 1955