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News Release

April 17, 2008


Elaine Ray, News Service: (650) 723-7162,

Sandra Day O'Connor to deliver lecture at Stanford April 22

Sandra Day O'Connor, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will talk about how purpose and values lead to a happy and fulfilling life when she delivers the inaugural lecture in a series dubbed "Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Memorial Church. Tickets to the lecture are available at the Stanford Ticket Office for individuals who present their Stanford ID.

O'Connor's lecture and visit are in memory of the late law Professor Harry Rathbun and his late wife, Emilia. Last year, the Palo Alto Foundation for Global Community, which is headed by the Rathbuns' son, Richard, established the Harry and Emilia Rathbun Fund for Exploring What Leads to a Meaningful Life with a $4.5 million endowed gift to the Office for Religious Life at Stanford. The fund will support activities that encourage self-reflection and moral inquiry, and will invite major figures to come to campus to talk to students about personal values, beliefs and motivations.

O'Connor earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford in 1950 and graduated from Stanford Law School in 1952. She was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1981 and retired in January 2006.


Editor Note:

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