Longtime head Eisenhower Memorial Commission to resign, says Kansas senator should lead effort


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WASHINGTON — The head of the commission working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower plans to resign and says a Kansas senator should lead the effort.

In a letter Tuesday to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, 93-year-old Rocco Siciliano of Los Angeles said he plans to step down as chairman. He said Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas should be the next chairman. Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas.

Roberts says he would be honored to serve as chairman with the goal of ensuring a lasting tribute to Eisenhower on the National Mall.

Siciliano served in the Eisenhower White House. He led the memorial commission for 15 years and oversaw hiring Frank Gehry as its designer. In recent years, the effort stalled amid objections to the design from Eisenhower's family.

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