I disagree completely with Herman Belz's opinion of Frank Gehry's innovative design for theDwight D. EisenhowerMemorial, but I am happy to see the accomplishments of this great American discussed ("Unworthy of Ike," June 11).
All too often, the Eisenhower years get compressed into a single mention during the last week of a history course or squeezed entirely out of social science courses.
Having spent a substantial part of my career editing former President Eisenhower's papers, I applaud the Memorial Commission and the General Services Administration for helping Americans remember a leader who guided our forces in defeating the Nazis and then gave Americans eight years of peace and prosperity during the Cold War. And he did all this without ever forgetting that he came from the wrong side of the tracks in Abilene, Kansas.
That's just one reason why Mr. Gehry's memorial design is entirely appropriate to the man and his legacy.
The writer chaired the Eisenhower Memorial Legacy Committee.