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The Nation

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to former Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige, who was killed in a horseback riding accident in 1987, and to business executive J. Willard Marriott Sr. Other winners honored by Reagan were: singer Pearl Bailey, labor activist Irving Brown, retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, economist Milton Friedman, Jean MacArthur, widow of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and industrialist David Packard. The Presidential Medal of Freedom represents the highest civilian award given in the United States, and the winners are picked by the President for significant contributions to world peace and the advancement of cultural or other private endeavors.


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