White House Photographs
Presentation ceremony of the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service. President John F. Kennedy (at microphones) delivers remarks upon presenting the award to 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). Secretary of the Navy, Fred Korth, stands left of Mrs. Lyon; 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): Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), Anthony J. Celebrezze; unidentified; astronaut Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. (very back, mostly hidden); award recipient and Chief of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Diseases at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Dr. Donald E. Gregg; Director of Operations for Project Mercury, Dr. Walter C. Williams (in back, partially hidden); award recipient and Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Dr. Robert Gilruth; Secretary of the Army, Cyrus R. Vance; astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (very back, partially hidden); Naval Aide to the President, Captain Tazewell T. Shepard, Jr.; Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA), Robert C. Weaver; Senator Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota (partially hidden); Representative Kenneth A. Roberts of Alabama (mostly hidden); Senator Estes Kefauver (Tennessee); Senator John A. Carroll (Colorado); Chairman of the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board and Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. James E. Webb; Director of Research and Development for the Department of Defense, Dr. Harold Brown (in back, mostly hidden); 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.