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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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WARRENSBURG - 9/14/2006 - Dale Carnegie, a UCM alumnus and renowned author of How to Win Friends and Influence People and developer of the Dale Carnegie Course, was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Sept. 13 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.
Honor Bestowed by Missouri House of Representatives
Sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer, Columbia,
During induction ceremonies in the chambers of the House of Representatives, a bronze bust of Carnegie was unveiled by it sculptor, university and state officials and representatives of Dale Carnegie Training. The bust, created by Columbia sculptor Sabra Tull Meyer, will be permanently displayed along with those of other members of the Hall of Famous Missourians in the third floor rotunda of the capitol.
Carnegie was nominated for induction into the Hall of Famous Missourians by Rep. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, and the honor was bestowed by House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill.
Carnegie an Inspiration to UCM Students
Jetton opened the ceremony, introducing UCM President Aaron Podolefsky, who acknowledged that Carnegie was among the most distinguished of UCM's alumni and the first recipient of the university's honorary doctorate degree in 1955.
"Dale Carnegie's successes are representative of the circumstances of so many of UCM's students who start their college careers coming from modest origins," Podolefsky said. "His life is a perfect example of the belief that it's not where you start out that makes a difference, but it's what you do that counts."
Podolefsky noted that Carnegie entered what was then State Normal School No. 2, seeking to "fit in" on campus. To reach that goal, he became active in the speech and debate society, eventually being elected sophomore class president. He attained a teaching certificate, embarking on a lifelong career applying what he had learned to life and teaching others the same.
"Dale Carnegie's daughter, Donna Dale Carnegie, has told us that her father credited his education as being essential to his success," Podolefsky said. "Nothing makes us more proud that to be held as an example for UCM students. This famous Missourian now is an inspiration to all."
Education a Family Priority
Michael Crom, executive vice president of Dale Carnegie Training and Carnegie's step-grandson, noted that Carnegie's mother was a visionary who wanted her sons to have a college education, prompting the family to move from Carnegie's birthplace of Maryville to a farm near Warrensburg.
He added that Carnegie's success as a leader in speech and debate while in college led him to believe in even greater future successes.
"Dale Carnegie was a humble man, and he would be amazed at the honor bestowed upon him here today," Crom said. "It is fitting and lovely that he can home to the capitol of the state he loved."
Carnegie's Principles Benefit Mankind
Rep. Terry Swinger, D-Caruthersville, who was a Carnegie Training instructor for 25 years, noted that the principles Carnegie espoused remain as relevant today as they did when he first published them in 1912.
"Our hope is that people will take the principles developed by Dale Carnegie to heart, and the world will become the place Carnegie envisioned," Swinger said.
Course Founded in Successful Public Speaking
Dale Carnegie began his career as a salesman in the Midwest. After settling in New York, he began teaching classes in public speaking in 1912, eventually expanding into locations along the East Coast and developing the Dale Carnegie Course.
When he couldn't find textbooks that suited his course topics, he wrote his own. How to Win Friends and Influence People was the first, followed by a series of books on the development of successful business careers and personal lives. His works have been printed and published in 38 languages.
Organization Continues Today Worldwide
Carnegie also was a syndicated newspaper columnist, radio personality, prominent lecturer and counselor to world leaders. He and his wife, Dorothy Price Vanderpool Carnegie, were the parents of a daughter, Donna Dale Carnegie, who now heads the Carnegie organization and continues her father's work. Carnegie died Nov. 1, 1955, and is buried in Belton, Mo.
The bust of Dale Carnegie was unveiled in the House Chamber