KU Celebrates Bob Dole's 90th Birthday

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - The University of Kansas honored the 90th birthday of a beloved Kansas World War II veteran and political icon.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Grey Little started celebrations for Bob Dole on Monday with a cake cutting. The event took place at the Dole Institute of Politics on KU's campus.

Dole was severely wounded in WWII. He went on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 1969 until 1996, when he stepped down to run for President. He was the Republican party's nominee, eventually losing to Bill Clinton.

While Dole himself did not attend Monday's festivities, KU officials still wanted to throw a party in his honor.

"We wanted him to know that people in the Lawrence area and in this part of Kansas are aware of him and his wonderful record of public service that he's had over the years," said Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute.

Gov. Sam Brownback also wished Dole a happy birthday. He issued a statement calling Dole "a true American hero" and "an example to all who aspire to serve this nation."