White House Photographs
Presentation ceremony of the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service. President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Medical Officer for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey (center left), prior to presenting her with the award. Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), Anthony J. Celebrezze (mostly hidden), stands behind Dr. Kelsey; Executive Secretary of the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board and Chairman of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, John W. Macy, Jr., stands at right in foreground. Standing in background (L-R): Virginia Lyon (accepting the award on behalf of her husband, Dr. Waldo K. Lyon, Head of the Submarine and Arctic Research Branch of the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory); New York Times photographer, George Tames; Secretary of the Navy, Fred Korth; astronaut Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr.; Director of Operations for Project Mercury, Dr. Walter C. Williams (partially hidden); award recipient and Chief of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Diseases at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Dr. Donald E. Gregg; astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (partially hidden); Secretary of the Army, Cyrus R. Vance; award recipient and Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Dr. Robert Gilruth; Naval Aide to the President, Captain Tazewell T. Shepard, Jr.; Associated Press (AP) photographer, Henry Burroughs; Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA), Robert C. Weaver; Representative Kenneth A. Roberts (Alabama); Senator Estes Kefauver (Tennessee); Chairman of the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board and Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. James E. Webb (face obscured); Senator Frank Carlson of Kansas (in back, mostly hidden); Presidential Assistant, John J. McNally (very back, standing in West Wing Colonnade); Assistant Attorney General, Ramsey Clark; Member of the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board and Secretary of Labor, Arthur J. Goldberg; Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Dr. Jerome B. Wiesner (in back); Member of the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board and Special Consultant to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, Roger W. Jones. West Wing Lawn, White House, Washington, D.C.