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Donald S. Dawson, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1938. Named Father of Year, District of Columbia Sons and Daughters Foundation, 1962; recipient Martin Luther King award Jamaican American Society, 1996, Harry S. Truman Achievement award, 1984, Distinguished Service award Department Missouri, 1984.


Dawson, Donald S. was born on August 3, 1908 in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, United States.


Bachelor of Science, University Missouri, 1930. Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1938.


Enlisted United States Army, 1943, advanced through grades to major, 1946. Retired major general United States Air Force, 1970. Examiner closed bank section Reconstrn.

Finance Corporation, 1933-1939, director personnel, 1939-1943, 46-47. Assistant to Jesse H. Jones, Federal Loan Administration. Special executive assistant to President Harry S. Truman, 1947-1953.

Senior partner Dawson, Griffin, Pickens, Attorneys, Washington, 1953-1968, Dawson, Riddell, Holroyd, Taylor & Davis, Attorneys, Washington, 1968-1980. Counsel Dawson, Riddell, Fox, Holroyd & Jackson, Professional Corporation, 1980-1983. Private practice, 1983.

Assistant to federal loan administrator Federal Loan Administration, 1939-1943. Chairman White House Loyalty Review Board, 1947-1953. Director liaison office for personnel management Executive Office of President, 1947-1953.

Representative of the United States president to Inauguration of President Vargas, Brazil, 1951, Inauguration of President Cortines, Mexico, 1952.


  • Bar: District of Columbia, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1938.


Board directors Harry S. Truman Library. Institute for National and International Affairs, 1980-1996, president, 1991-1996, president emeritus, 1996. Member executive committee Humane Society of the United States, since 1976, director, 1978-1984, chairman nominating committee, 1980-1984, chairman bylaws committee, since 1982.

Board overseers College of Virgin Islands. Member centennial committee Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, 1990. Co-founder American Friends of Jamaica, 1982, president emeritus, 1982-1997.

Member executive board National Area council Boy Scouts of America. Director National Committee on Playgrounds for Youth of America, Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation District of Columbia. Trustee Boys Club Washington.

Honorary trustee United States Capitol History Society. Member Reserve Officers Association (national president 1965-1966, national vice president for air force 1964-1965, executive committee 1964-1967, chairman air force affairs committee 1960-1962, National award), Air Force Association (air research policy committee 1962-1964, membership co-chairman 1973, Gavel award New York City chapter 1966), National Democratic Club (founding member, past president), Dwight D. Eisenhauer Society (vice president since 1990), Metropolitan Club, Army and Navy Club (nominating committee 1982, chairman manager selection committee 1980, vice president 1983-1988, president 1988-1990), National Press Club, Congressional Country Club (honorary member), Order of DeMolay (Commander, president, Legion of Honor), Phi Alpha Delta, Beta Theta Pi.


Son of John William and Cora Shelton Dawson. M. Alva Ansley Patten, 1944. 1 child, Diana Star Coyner.

M. Ilona Massey, 1955-1975. M. Virginia Jenkins Frieldand, 1975. Children: Robert Fox, Virginia Fox.

John William

Cora Shelton Dawson

Diana Star Coyner Dawson

Robert Fox Dawson

Virginia Fox Dawson