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Meet Robert C. Pierpoint

Pierpoint waving to crowd while getting off plane

American broadcast journalist Robert Pierpoint was the CBS White House correspondent throughout six presidential administrations—from President Eisenhower to President Carter.

As a respected member of the White House Press Corps, Pierpoint reported breaking news on monumental events in American history including the Cold War, President Kennedy’s assassination and President Nixon’s resignation.

But before achieving success in his broadcasting career, it was at the University of Redlands that Pierpoint discovered his hunger for education.

During his address to the graduating class of 1976, nearly 30 years after he graduated from the University of Redlands in 1947, he said, “I urge all of you to extend the learning habits acquired here, because as long as you are gaining knowledge and understanding of the world around you, no matter what your age, life will never become dull or unfulfilled.”

Before his death in 2011, Bob continued to be a friend of the University and donated the Robert C. Pierpoint Collection to Redlands, making it available to students, faculty and scholars around the world.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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