SHORT TAKES : Sandra Day O’Connor Lauded
Sandra Day O’Connor received the Bess Wallace Truman Award from the former First Lady’s daughter, who praised the Supreme Court justice for her dignity under pressure and loyalty to family and friends.
Margaret Truman Daniel said she thinks that O’Connor and Mrs. Truman, both Independence natives, were “tough cookies” and might have been friends except from their discrepancy in age and political leanings.
O’Connor, 60, the first woman appointed to the nation’s highest court, is a Republican. Mrs. Truman, who died in 1982 at age 97, was a staunch Democrat like her husband, Harry Truman.
Daniel praised O’Connor for her “obvious intelligence, diligence and accomplishment.”
The award, established earlier this year by an Independence women’s group, will be given each year to a nationally recognized woman who has chosen a role appropriate to her time and place in history.