Naval Academy pulls portraits of alumnus Perot

April 09, 1993|By Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON -- Two portraits of alumnus Ross Perot have dropped from display at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, but officials say it had nothing to do with President Clinton's visit last week.

"It's all very coincidental," academy spokeswoman Karen Myers said.

She said the two portraits were removed several weeks ago to make room for portraits of another distinguished graduate.

"We have several showcases, and we update them routinely," Ms. Myers said. "We updated that one six or eight weeks ago, long before we knew the president was even coming."

Ms. Myers said the academy was given about 10 days' notice that the president would visit April 1. Mr. Clinton ate lunch in Bancroft Hall -- where Mr. Perot's portraits had hung -- with

midshipmen and addressed the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

She said the portraits of Mr. Perot, a 1953 academy graduate, were removed to make room for portraits of Marine Col. Charles Boulden, a graduate who became an astronaut.

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