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Abilene, Kan. - The public is invited to attend the August Lunch & Learn scheduled for Thursday, August 24, at noon central time either in person or online. The program will be held in the library building indoor courtyard and will begin promptly at noon. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. A light box-lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Guest speaker, Dr. James Young, will join us in person for this discussion about President Eisenhower's decision to run for a second term. The health of our President is a very important issue for most citizens. Often, significant disease and debilitation were hidden from public attention. Examples include Woodrow Wilson’s debilitating stroke toward the end of his second term and FDR’s use of a wheelchair. A prominent outlier was 65-year-old Dwight D. Eisenhower who suffered a large myocardial infarction while on vacation in Denver. Press Secretary Hagerty asked what to tell the public, and Eisenhower replied, basically, “everything.” Dr. Young will not only share Eisenhower’s medical history and care, but also how that information weighed into the difficult decision Ike had to make – should he run for a second term.

Dr. Young is the Emeritus Executive Director of Academic Affairs at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a co-founder of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, served as Study Chairman of the NIH, FDA, and CMS Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS). Dr. Young’s professional focus has been on the fields of heart failure, heart transplant, donor organ procurement, and mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Young currently is interested in Presidential health, particularly cardiovascular disease, and its impact on White House decision making.


  • Library building indoor courtyard
  • Arrive by 11:45 a.m.
  • Box lunch provided on a first come, first served basis
  • Park in the south parking lot nearest the library building


The 2023 Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation with generous support from the Jeffcoat Memorial Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit