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Joseph F. Guffey

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Joe Guffey
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United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byDavid Reed
Succeeded byEdward Martin
Member of the
Democratic National Committee
from Pennsylvania
In office
May 18, 1920[1] – May 20, 1928
Preceded byA. Mitchell Palmer
Succeeded bySedgwick Kistler
Personal details
Born(1870-12-29)December 29, 1870
Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 6, 1959(1959-03-06) (aged 88)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic

Joseph Finch "Joe" Guffey (December 29, 1870 – March 6, 1959) was an American business executive and Democratic Party politician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Elected from Pennsylvania to the United States Senate, he served two terms, from 1935 until 1947.

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  • ✪ Commencement : May 2018


[Bell rings three times] ♪ [Bagpipe music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [Applause] >> Interim Chancellor Joseph Urgo: Good Morning. My name is Joe Urgo and it is my distinct honor to serve as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and it is an even greater honor to convene today's graduation ceremony. I cannot think of a more glorious place to be right now. I am delighted to welcome the class of 2018, family members, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and distinguished guests of this celebration. Members of the class of 2018, we are very proud of you and your many accomplishments. As we begin today's ceremony, please remain standing as our student singer Logan Lueck, a member of the class of 2018, comes to the platform to lead us in America the Beautiful. >> Logan Lueck: (singing)<i> O beautiful for gracious skies,</i> <i> Or amber waves of grain,</i> <i> For purple mountains majesty</i> <i> Above the fruited plains!</i> <i> America! America!</i> <i> God shed His grace on thee,</i> <i> And crown thy good in brotherhood</i> <i> From sea to shining sea!</i> >> Urgo: Thank you, Logan. Please be seated. Commencement is a day of celebration. Today we celebrate and honor the class of 2018. As we celebrate each of you, we're also celebrating the university's 90th anniversary. The seeds for UNC Asheville were planted in 1927 when community members came together and identified the need for an institution of higher education in Western North Carolina. We've certainly come a long way from the first class of 29 graduates to what is likely a record breaking class this year. From our youngest graduate at this spring age of 17 to our oldest graduate at age 72, we celebrate and recognize all of you. Levo Oculos Meos In Montes - I Lift My Eyes to the Mountains. Graduates, if you turn around, you can do the same. This is a glorious sight. This is not only the UNC Asheville motto, but also serves as a reminder to look to what inspires you and to appreciate the greatness of what lies before you. Class of 2018, you have challenged and inspired us in the classroom, in the community, in the labs, on athletic fields and courts, in the theater, in the galleries and even in the lobby of Lipinsky. Graduates who have returned to school after many years have completed their Bachelor's degrees this year; bringing to the classroom professional and life experiences that add richness to the discussion and underscore the importance of lifelong learning. You have completed research projects, internships, you've built robots, you've joined honor societies, ran for office, organized movements, protested, created works of visual and spoken art. You've danced, you've sang, you scored goals and snatched rebounds, you set and broke school records, and you've had champion seasons - Go Bulldogs! [cheering and applause] You have put your time and energy, and your education to good work and today we celebrate the reaps of what you have done. We are grateful for the time we have had together and thankful that you have been with us. Now while we rejoice in the company of those who are here with us today - I know from talking with many of you graduates that along the road to today you have lost loved ones and are missing them very much. All of us hold in our hearts the memory of family members, friends, and mentors who have helped us realize dreams, accomplish goals, and have now passed away from this Earth. In recognition of all whom we love and we miss today, please join me in a moment of silence. Thank you. Commencement is a culmination of years of academic work and accomplishments. It is also made up of the work of many, many members of the UNC Asheville community who have put great energy and care into making this celebration a very special day. Would you please join me in a round of applause for the talented and hardworking staff in campus operations, grounds, ITS, student affairs, [Applause] residence life, Academic Affairs, One Stop, Enrollment Services, communication and marketing, public safety, advancement, dining services, the Commencement Committee itself, and the Events and Conferences Office, who have worked with great energy and enthusiasm to make this day of celebration possible. Let's give them a round of applause. [Applause] I would like to acknowledge the faculty and staff of UNC Asheville for your passion, your energy, and your time. Thank you for the important and inspiring work that you do and for your commitment to delivering a world class education. The work that the faculty do shapes lives. The work that they do enriches our collective future. Faculty give of their time and expertise generously without hesitation as we continue to build and shape the future of UNC Asheville and mold each class. Whether guiding undergraduate research, organizing and hosting conferences, serving as academic advisors, directing student productions, engaging with our schools, neighborhoods, and communities on complex and important issues, leading international study programs, curating art exhibits, publishing papers, discovering new snakes, writing books, conducting concerts, advising one of our many clubs and organizations, or simply sharing insights over a cup of Joe, faculty encourage students to explore their interests, to take advantage of every educational opportunity available to them, and to pursue their passion with their students. Your students know that they can count on you, they respect you, they love you, and they know that you want the best for them and from them. Our dedicated staff and administrators work in partnership with the faculty. No matter what the role or assignment, day and night, 24 hours, 7 days a week, our talented, creative, hardworking staff go above and beyond to make UNC Asheville a place where students grow, learn, and achieve powerful results. Staff members serve as wise advisors, coaches, and mentors. They recruit and support our students. They solve problems. They make our campus shine and carve out spaces of natural beauty all over this beautiful campus. You serve us with distinction. I know you share my pride and affection for the class of 2018. I invite faculty, staff, and administrators to please stand so that our graduates and their families and friends can recognize and thank you. [Applause and cheering] This Commencement marks the retirement of 13 beloved faculty members with a combined 301 years of service. I'd like to ask all please stand as we thank you for your dedicated service to the university. Retiring faculty, would you please stand? [Cheering and applause] At UNC Asheville we are fortunate to be served by five volunteer boards: The Bulldog Athletic Board, the UNC Asheville National Alumni Council, the UNC Asheville Parents Council, the UNC Asheville Foundation Board and the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees. These volunteers bring with them an array of academic, civic, and professional expertise. They are stewards, champions and advocates for UNC Asheville. Thank you, Trustees, and thank you for the representatives from the UNC Asheville alumni, parents, athletic and Foundation boards - your support, guidance, and friendship makes all the difference to us. I ask that you all please stand and be recognized for your many contributions to the life and success of UNC Asheville. [Applause] I am now pleased to invite Kennon Briggs, Kennon Briggs Chair of the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees, to the podium to bring greetings from the Trustees. >> Kennon Briggs: Good morning. Interim Chancellor Urgo, distinguished members of the platform party, friends and family, it is truly with immense pride that I take this opportunity to congratulate and address our graduating seniors - you - on behalf of the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees. To the Graduates: I join thousands of UNC Asheville alumni, this scholarly faculty and stellar staff, your friends and families that are assembled here to congratulate and celebrate your achievement, if you will, in completing your respective degrees. Your experiences here at UNC Asheville, long past this fleeting moment, will serve you well as you go forward in life from this place to either further education or to the world of work. In just a few moments, you're going to walk across this very platform and receive your degrees - degrees that have real value. They enable you to embrace your future, whatever pathways you may choose to walk after today. I am confident, very confident, that you have been intellectually strengthened by the investment of your time and talent here at UNC Asheville and have benefitted from the devotion of a learned faculty who put teaching and learning at the core of everything that they do. You've witnessed that. You and they together make this - the State of North Carolina's, and among the nation's - leading liberal arts institution. But as you leave us, you become the newest faces and graduates of this great institution, and you become those faces to the world. You will demonstrate each day for the rest of your lives the value of a public liberal arts education. As a graduate of UNC Asheville, it is therefore your responsibility to take the critical thinking and problem-solving skills you developed here to improve both society and the quality of the life for so many people that you will come into contact with. Do not take this responsibility lightly; rather, embrace it. I challenge each of you to make a difference in your community, in your state, and in this nation at this important time. Once again, on behalf of the Board of Trustees at UNC Asheville, congratulations graduates on your tremendous success evidenced today. We know, we know that you will represent this university with great honor and the work that you will do will be meaningful and have value and contribute much to humankind. Again, thank you and congratulations. [applause] >> Urgo: The University of North Carolina system is governed by a Board of Governors, comprised of volunteer leaders from across the state of North Carolina. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Carolyn Coward, a member of the Board of Governors with a strong, native Western North Carolinian perspective, and an outstanding record of service to the region. Carolyn has been a great champion of public Higher Education in North Carolina. She is with us today to bring greetings and present the 2018 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. >> Carolyn Coward: Thank you, and good morning! On behalf of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and UNC President Margaret Spellings, it is my great pleasure to bring greetings to this faculty, staff, and alumni of this great University; to the Board of Trustees, members of the platform party, and Chancellor Urgo; and most of all to the graduates and their families, who have worked so hard to earn this day. Welcome, to all of you. Graduates ━ congratulations. We're all gathered here today to celebrate what you've achieved and look ahead to the opportunities that await you. These last few years have been both a gift and a test, offering you the chance to read and debate and perform and discuss at one of the finest liberal arts colleges anywhere in this country. That kind of intensive experience asked a lot of you, but you've gotten a lot in return. You leave the University of North Carolina at Asheville able to think sharply, to act confidently, and to call upon relationships and skills that will carry you far in a complex and demanding world. A little luck helps, too, which is why I made sure to stop by old Rocky over there on my way to campus this morning. You've already had one incredible stroke of good fortune, and that's studying alongside some of the most talented faculty members anywhere in this state - I would say anywhere in the United States - people who have devoted themselves to the service of teaching and mentoring. To recognize that commitment, it's my privilege to present this year's Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was established in 1994 to reward great teachers across the University. The awards are given annually to tenured faculty members from each of North Carolina's public universities, following nominations by a committee of faculty colleagues and close review by the Board of Governors. And this year's recipient from the University of North Carolina at Asheville is Dr. Bert Holmes. [Applause] Chancellor Urgo, Provost Karin Peterson, and Dr. Holmes, would you come forward? As the Philip G. Carson Distinguished Chair of Science, and Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Holmes has worked at UNC Asheville since 1990. He started at 16? [Laughter] His teaching philosophy involves providing students with the capacity to ask questions, to be problem solvers, and he focuses his classroom engagement on the "process of science" rather than the "facts of science." He is committed to cultivating in students the capacity to be "a peer, a critic, and a colleague of the teacher," and believes in the importance of putting students in challenging learning environments "where difficulties abound and easy solutions are very rare." Dr. Holmes came to UNC Asheville after beginning his career at Ohio Northern University and Lyon College because he believes that one-on-one student research with a faculty mentor is the best, most effective form of Chemistry education. His successful teaching record is based on his commitment to in-classroom instruction and utilizing research as another vehicle of excellent teaching. Dr. Holmes is also a recognized leader in the pedagogy of undergraduate research as co-author of a book commissioned by the Council on Undergraduate Research titled<i> How to Get</i> <i> Started in Research at Undergraduate Institutions.</i> He travels each year to other universities and colleges to evaluate and provide advice about their undergraduate research programs. Dr. Holmes exemplifies the terminology 'teacher-scholar,' and is well respected by students, colleagues on campus, and in the chemical community." Decades of student comments consistently remark on his passion for education, his knowledge of the field, and the way he allows students room to discover solutions on their own instead of simply giving the answer. Dr. Holmes, for your deep commitment to your students and this University, I am proud to honor you with the 2018 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. In recognizing you, we also give thanks for the more than 14,000 dedicated faculty who teach throughout the University of North Carolina. [Applause] Congratulations, Dr. Holmes! And we'll now return to our seats. >> Urgo: Thank you Carolyn for your leadership and thank you Dr. Holmes for making such a profound difference at this university. It is now my pleasure to introduce Dr. Patrick Foo, Associate Professor of Psychology. Dr. Foo was the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching award, and has the honor of presenting this year's award. [Cheering and applause] >> Patrick Foo: Good morning. For a university whose mission emphasizes exemplary instruction, the 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the Year should come as no surprise. For over 15 years, our winner has worked to improve education both locally and internationally. This year's winner has shown a tireless commitment to continually renew and improve their knowledge and pedagogy in their discipline. Colleagues describe her as “kind, patient, and responsive.” They report that students easily connect with her and respond with “creative and productive work.” In the last five years alone, our recipient has published 17 articles, 2 book chapters, and has presented 30 times both nationally and internationally. Our recipient has taught classes across the UNC Asheville curriculum, contributing to service learning, diversity intensives, and to the liberal arts core. She has served on the Faculty Senate, APC, and Faculty Assembly. She has been instrumental in developing and maintaining a strong connection between our Ivory Tower and the larger Asheville community, and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Education. In addition, our winner has recently been elected as president of the International Association for Mid-Level Education. In a world where explicit and implicit cognitions can introduce unseen biases in student ratings, her students are consistent in their praise. They champion her innovative pedagogy, her commitment to their success, and her expertise gained from four times leaving UNC Asheville to teach real-life middle schoolers - something that probably terrifies you as much as it does me! [Laughter] These are challenging times for education in our state and nation, so Nancy Ruppert's support of her students continues well past graduation. She regularly blogs and “reaches out and checks in” with her alumni as they establish their budding careers. Dr. Ruppert's positive philosophy of service says it best. In her own words: we cannot teach in isolation in a classroom. We must contribute to the world our knowledge, our passion, our hope and our stories. We must be advocates to one another. We could not agree more. Please join me in congratulating the 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the year, Dr. Nancy Ruppert. [Applause] [Applause] >> Urgo: Congratulations Nancy. The A. C. Reynolds Award and the Thomas D. Reynolds Prize are presented to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding service to the campus community. This year we recognize Tim Hussey. Tim, please stand to be recognized. [Cheering and applause] Tim is a senior Psychology and Sociology double major from Greenville, NC. Since starting UNC Asheville in the fall of 2014, he has served in several different leadership roles on campus. Freshman year he served as Student Caller in the Telephone Outreach Program with Advancement and was later promoted to Student Supervisor during sophomore year. He has been a Resident Assistant in Mills Hall for the past two years, where he also served as the Resident Assistant of the first Asheville Advantage Living Learning Community. Tim has been a mentor for the past years for the Connections Peer Mentoring program as well a member of the Black Student Association. Last year he was elected to serve as Student Body Vice President of the Student Government Association. During his time as Vice President, he was able to pursue several diversity related issues and host Black Lives Matter: The Revival, a week-long collaborative series of events that focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on this campus. For this event, he won three awards; Collaboration of the Year at the Student Leadership Awards and Collaboration of the Year and Outstanding Diversity Program of the Year at the Multicultural Student Leadership Awards. Tim, along with three of his Student Government colleagues have also won Delegation of the Year from the Association of Student Governments. This award is given to one Student Government Association in the UNC System annually, voted on by their peers from each of the 16 other institutions. This year he served as the Student Body President as well as the student member on the Board of Trustees and on the UNC Asheville Foundation Board. He was also a Programming Supervisor for Highsmith Student Union, working with student organizations. Tim and his team of students have done tremendous work at UNC Asheville - especially with the Black Lives Matter movement and revival. Programs that truly had an impact on this campus. Tim will attend Elon University in the fall and begin graduate work in the field of Student Affairs. I am very pleased to recognize Tim as this year's recipient of the A.C. Reynolds Award and the Thomas D. Reynolds Prize for Campus Service. Tim, Congratulations. [Cheering and applause] [Cheering and applause] Tim also went to class on a regular basis. [Laughter] Karin Peterson, acting provost, and Darin Waters, special assistant to the chancellor for community engagement, will now present the William and Ida Friday Award and the Manly Wright Award. >> Darin Waters: Thank you, Chancellor Urgo. The William and Ida Friday Award honors the outstanding graduate who serves the larger community. This year we honor Olivia Godfrey. Olivia, please stand to be recognized. [Cheering and applause] During her college career, Olivia has served as a student intern for the Land of Sky Council, Area Agency on Aging; as a service-learning student for UNC Asheville Health and Wellness Promotion/Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement - also known as ABIPA - and she has served as a service-learning student in the UNC Asheville Healthy Aging Program Initiative Lab; and in that lab, the lab's Wellness Activities for Seniors in Asheville program. Olivia is also a member of the American Association of University Women, an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, and certified in First Aid for Professional Rescuers. She has worked as a BACCHUS peer educator in the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and served as a student member of the UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Advisory Council. I am pleased to recognize Olivia as this year's recipient of the William and Ida Friday award. Congratulations, Olivia. [Applause] >> Karin Peterson: As if being the recipient of The William and Ida Friday Award wasn't enough, Olivia Godfrey is also the recipient of The Manly Wright Award, presented annually to the graduate who ranks first in scholarship. By tradition, the Manly Wright Award recipient will be the last student to receive her degree and it will be presented on a silver platter. Olivia graduates today with a B.S. in psychology, and will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology at Appalachian State University this fall, working under a grant from the National Institute on Aging to research cognition, memory, and health in older adulthood. Olivia is an exceptional student, having earned an overall GPA of 3.970 here at UNC Asheville, with a 4.0 GPA in both her major of Psychology and minor in Health and Wellness Promotion. Olivia has received the following awards and accolades: Honor's Program, Departmental Distinction in Psychology, University Scholar, University Research Scholar, Laurels Scholarship, Chartwells Leadership Award for Health and Wellness Promotion, Asheville Rotary Scholarship, Edward Tolman Award for outstanding achievement in research and, most recently, the William and Ida Friday Award for Community Service. The committee noted her excellence in the classroom, breadth of coursework across two disciplines, and demonstrated interest and abilities in scholarship. Olivia began conducting research in her second semester, worked as a research assistant on several other projects, and is currently involved in two research projects in her department. She has presented her work at three different conferences and meetings. Olivia has also been involved in the community through both service-learning projects in Health and Wellness Promotion and Psychology, and is a consistent and dedicated community service volunteer. To echo the closing remarks in her support letter: “Olivia truly embraces the spirit of the University and the liberal arts experience.” That's why we are pleased to have her as our student speaker today. Welcome to Olivia. [Applause] >> Olivia Godfrey: Good morning. As I stand in front of you all today, I'm overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. We are here to celebrate each member of this graduating class for their accomplishment, perseverance, and grit. UNC Asheville is a unique institution because our devotion to the liberal arts allows students to explore many aspects of the human experience and the world around us, and each graduate today will have a personal narrative about how their coursework and community experiences have been meaningful and purposeful. As I look around at you, I see the faces of many friends whose stories will deservedly be told with great pride. The growth and development of our students is facilitated by the devotion of talented faculty members, and I would like to express my gratitude for the professor that helped me develop my academic purpose. She has been a fierce advocate for her students for many years, and her commitment to diversity and equity can be seen in the learning outcomes of her students and mentees. During freshman orientation, I visited the Psychology department table and chatted with Dr. Melissa Smith about my interest in majoring in the program. Two months later, I was sitting in her developmental psychology classroom, with a growing appreciation for research in human behavior, health, and mental processes. Dr. Smith gave me the opportunity to conduct independent undergraduate research, and mentored me through the grant application, presentation, and publication process for our project. Dr. Smith, as your advisee and student, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done to help me succeed. I am ever grateful for the faculty that have mentored me in research and service learning, including Dr. Garbe in Health and Wellness, and Drs. Himelein and Neelon in Psychology. It is not often that we knowingly have so much in common with so many people in our presence at one time, and I hope that our shared experience at this institution will guide us in becoming meaningful citizens in the world. Pablo Neruda, Nobel Prize-winning poet and incredible advocate for the wellbeing of humanity, wrote in his Autumn Testament: “To hate I'll leave my own horseshoes, my sailor's shirt, my traveler's shoes, my carpenter's heart, all things I did well, and which helped me to suffer, the strong clear things I had, permanent and passing, so that it dawns on the world that those who have trees and water can carve ships, set sail, can go away and come back, suffer and love, have fears, do work, be and go on being, turn misery into account, wait for a flower's coming - in a word, to live.” It is my hope that we will all live as Neruda suggests, and be guided by our compassion and respect for all persons in making change for our communities: with our votes, our time, our conversations with each other, and our intellectual and creative products. As the next chapter in your lives begins today, I hope that you all find fulfillment and purpose in the tasks that you pursue. A last note on Neruda, who moved around the world after his exile from Chile, where he would later return and serve as a leader, he wrote in The Saddest Century: “I too knew homelessness. But as a seasoned wanderer, I returned empty handed to this sea that knows me so well. But others remain and are still at bay, leaving behind their loved ones, their errors, but knowing never again, and this is how I ended up sobbing the dusty sob intoned by the homelessness. This is the way that I ended celebrating with my brothers (those who remain), the victorious building, and the harvest of new bread.” Recent events in Asheville have shed light on those seeking justice and refuge: police brutality, raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and senseless violence among the members of the local community. I will leave you today with a call to action: to listen to the stories of those affected most by our institutions, policies, and interpersonal actions, and to organize with your communities to develop strong solutions to today's problems. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and know that there are only good things to come for each of us. Thank you. [Cheering and applause] >> Urgo: Congratulations, Olivia. Very well done. Would Kennon Briggs, Chair of the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees, and Karin Peterson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs join me at the podium? This year we recognize three individuals who have made a significant difference in their professions, their communities and beyond and in all of our collective good. They inspire and today we honor them. Etta Whitner Patterson, will you please join me at the podium? [Applause and cheering] Etta Whitner Patterson, as a leader, teacher, and activist, you have been a shining example for our community. Etta Whitner Patterson was born and raised in Asheville's historic “East End” neighborhood. A student at the segregated Stephens-Lee High School in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Etta became one of the leaders of ASCORE, the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality, and served as the group's second president. Inspired by the message of nonviolence and love of Martin Luther King Jr., the students of ASCORE worked to dismantle segregation in Asheville's public institutions through peaceful protest. In the fall of 1961, she became the first black student admitted to Asheville-Biltmore College, UNC Asheville's predecessor institution. She was selected by leaders in the community to attend the college as a representative of the black community an enormous responsibility and challenge. After her time at Asheville-Biltmore College, she married and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where she continued her work in activism and service. And so, Etta Whitner Patterson, in recognition of your leadership, your activism benefitting the people of Western North Carolina, the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina Asheville is proud to award you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. [Cheering and applause] [Cheering and applause] >> Urgo: Thank you, Etta. Congratulations. S. Tucker Cooke, would you please join us at the podium? S. Tucker Cooke, you have never stopped contributing, both personally and professionally, to this university, to the Department of Art and Art History and UNC Asheville. You continue to embody excellence in mentorship and service, significantly shaping and influencing many generations of creative minds and their potential for innovation. You make amazing work, and what you have always done is to make a tremendous difference in the lives of your colleagues, and your students. S. Tucker Cooke joined the art faculty of Asheville-Biltmore College in 1966. During his four decades at the university━including more than 30 years as department chair━he was instrumental in expanding the art department in both size and rational reputation. In 1995, he received a distinguished teaching award from the university. In 2000, Tucker was awarded the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the highest award a civilian may receive from the Governor of North Carolina. He held the first UNC Asheville Distinguished University Professorship, awarded in 2004 when he began the community-wide mural project, The School of Athens, currently on view in Highsmith Union. This full-scale reproduction of the 16th century Vatican fresco by Raphael, features two UNC Asheville bulldogs added to the scene. The 2007 mural is thought to be one of the largest recreations of the School of Athens in the world. In 2017, he was presented with “The Inaugural Founder's Award” by UNC Asheville students and faculty. And so, S. Tucker Cooke, in recognition of your professional achievements, your tireless commitment and ongoing contributions, and excellence in mentorship and service, the Board of Trustees of the UNC North Carolina at Asheville is proud to award you the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. [Applause and cheering] [Applause and cheering] >> Urgo: Thank you, Tucker. Congratulations. Bill Murdock, would you please join us at the podium? There you are. [Laughs] Bill Murdock, as a visionary community leader, you have made a significant and enduring impact on the lives of countless families in Western North Carolina and beyond. William J. Murdock is the co -founder and CEO of Eblen Charities and the Eblen Center for Social Enterprise, an award-winning organization dedicated to helping families with medical and emergency assistance. Eblen Charities helps hundreds of thousands of families in Western North Carolina with heating, housing, education, hunger, and health issues each year, regardless of income. The organization has received numerous awards for its work, including the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation for the Eblen Children's Pharmacy in 2001, as well as a national recognition by the New York Times and Public Broadcasting Service. In 2014, Bill was awarded the Mother Teresa Global Prize for Peace and Leadership, and is the author of several books, including<i> Finding Your Own Calcutta: Living a Life of</i> <i> Service and Meaning in a Selfih World</i> and<i> In the Final Analysi:</i> <i> Mother Teresa's Enduring Message to All Who Serve.</i> And so, Bill Murdock, in recognition of your professional achievements, your commitment to the families of North Carolina, and your service to the city, state, and beyond, the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina Asheville is proud to award you the Doctor of Humane Letters. [Applause] [Applause] >> Urgo: Congratulations, and thank you, Bill. It is now my pleasure to introduce you as honorary doctor of humane letters and this year's commencement speaker. >> Bill Murdock: Good morning. Chancellor Urgo, Members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, Distinguished Guests, Parents, Family Members and certainly, the 2018 Graduates of University of North Carolina Asheville - I want to again, extend my gratitude for this wonderful invitation to spend a few minutes here with you on what I know is going to be one of the most important and certainly memorable and momentous days of your life. I am certainly - along with the other honorary degree recipients - we're honored to be admitted to this fellowship of this wonderful and distinguished university and receive this illustrious degree in just the matter of just a few minutes that took you all four years or so to get. It's an honor that I could not have imagined. But in preparation for this morning I was thinking about the various graduations that I have been through and the various speakers to see if I could remember some words of wisdom, something that I could glean that I could share that they shared with us. And to be totally honest with you, I couldn't remember a single thing. [Laughter] And which makes me think that whatever is shared here today in these next few minutes, you probably won't remember through the time that you walk across the stage. But I do have one hope, however. When I moved here in sixth grade with my grandparents, shortly afterwards an elderly gentleman who lived up the street had passed away. And my grandparents didn't know him but went to the service all the same to be a good neighbor, and there was a young minister there who was presiding over the funeral. And he had just moved there as well so he didn't know Mr. Thompson. And Mr. Thompson wasn't a really nice guy. He was always calling the sheriff if the kids were playing in his yard, if somebody left their garbage can out too long, pretty much making the neighborhood miserable for everyone. So, when it came time for the eulogy this young minister felt a little bit uncomfortable because he didn't know Mr. Thompson. And so, he asked, “Is there anyone here that would like to come up and say something nice about Mr. Thompson?” And nobody moved. So, he said, “Well it might be a little embarrassing, it might be uncomfortable coming up to the pulpit, so why don't you stand where you are. Just a nice story, a kind remembrance. Anyone would like to say something about Mr. Thompson?” Total silence. So almost panicking, he said, “Surely there has to be someone here that can say something nice about Mr. Thompson.” And finally, another elderly gentleman at the very back of the church stood up and grabbed the pew in front of him and kind of steadied himself, and the minister said, “Thank you, sir. So, what nice thing do you have to say about Mr. Thompson?” And he said, “His brother was worse.” [Laughter] So, what I'm hoping is, if you leave here today and you're, “I don't remember a thing that guy said, but I'm sure I've heard worse. ”I'm going to tell you just two quick stories and they won't take long. One is mine and one is about a wonderful woman that was a friend of mine a number of years ago. When I graduated from T.C. Roberson High School, I had no clue what I wanted to do. So being ill-prepared for college, I took a job with Pizza Hut. And that's not the corporation, Pizza Hut, that was A Pizza Hut. The one down in Biltmore, if you all know where Moe's is in Biltmore. That used to be the Pizza Hut. And I worked there for 18 months as a cook and a waiter. And I never once in those 18 months received employee of the month. I mean, really, how bad do you have to be to be working at Pizza Hut with five people, and they weren't the same five people every week because someone was always either quitting or getting fired or just not showing up. So, the last month I was there, it was between me and one other guy. And so, Mike was our manager, and he pulled the tape off the plaque, and it was this other guy's name. and I said, “Mike, Jim doesn't even work here anymore.” I said you fired him two weeks ago for stealing, and he beats me out for employee of the month. Now, you know it wasn't like going after the Nobel Prize or anything. And he said, “Well, it was close.” [Laughter] And then he put his hand on my shoulder and he said, “Bill, you're just not Pizza Hut material.” So please keep in mind, whatever you hear today is coming from a guy that just wasn't Pizza Hut material.” [Laughter] But I spend my days now working with an amazing group of clients, staff, volunteers, board members, in reaching out to the community to those in need. And it was an organization that I was fortunate enough to be there at the beginning of with the late Joe Eblen. And Joe actually passed away just five years ago yesterday. And we started with four hundred dollars we received from a yard sale. And now we help tens of thousands of families every single year - as Dr. Urgo said - with housing and with heating and clothes and teacher housing. Tremendous food programs we have with our close friends and co-founders Joe and Janice Brumit with Arby's Joy Full Holidays at Home which has given away more than 2 million meals in a three-year time period here in our community. But in the beginning, I had no idea what path my life was going to take. I had no idea what journey that I was going to be on or where I would end up would have such an impact on so many lives, but especially my own. And I think there's a good chance today that a lot of you here might be wondering the same thing. You're not sure where your journey will eventually take you, or that thread of the narrative of your life is going to bring you. But no matter where it is, you have a tremendous start from a tremendous place here at the University of North Carolina Asheville. But this is far from the culmination of your journey. As you know, today is a commencement, which means “beginning.” And you all have been given and you've earned a great opportunity. This is your time. But as my grandmother would always tell me, there are only so many tomorrows. And what you choose to do from here is of the utmost importance. The 19th century educator, philosopher and sociologist Herbert Spencer said, “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” On October 26, 1963, less than four weeks before he would be assassinated in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was speaking at Amherst College at the dedication of the Robert Frost Memorial Library. And he reminded everyone there in attendance, that with privilege comes great responsibility. And whatever you do and wherever you go from here, please keep in mind that we are not here for ourselves. The two greatest days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why. And if we're to take Mark Twain's words to heart, that's the question. How do we find out why? Our world, our country, our communities have been challenged and changed throughout history by people that are no smarter than any of you. The question again is how to do you find your true calling? Dr. Martin Luther King, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos - None of them set out to change the world. They just set out and the world changed. We all know people who live lives of dedicated selfless service, but how do you find that in yourselves? I think it starts by asking one simple question: What do I have that I can give to the world? What talents, what interests, what skills do I have that can make the world or my community better? And I'm asked this question quite a bit, but how do you know when you find that? And I think that - believe it or not - is relatively simple, too. I think you find your calling when your heart's desire meets a great need in the world. That's when you know you're in the right place. No matter how long it may take. I was fortunate a number of years ago to correspond with Mother Teresa. And I'll leave you with just this one story. And many of you know, Mother Teresa was the ‘Saint of the Gutters,' served the poorest of the poor around the world. And she had related this story to me. In 1979, she won the Nobel Peace Prize. And a year later, she received a letter from a young lady who just graduated from Boston College. And she said, “I have read about you. I have heard about you now long before the days of the internet. And I am so moved by your work, that I'm going to come to Calcutta. I'm going to give up everything. I'm going to come to Calcutta and work with you in serving the poorest of the poor. And Mother wrote here back and simply said, “No.” Then she went on to write, “Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find your calling right there where you are. In your homes, in your families, in your workplaces, in your schools. You can find Calcutta all over the world if you just have the eyes to see.” So much is written about finding your calling in life, finding what you're supposed to do. You will find it. I know what's said here today isn't going to stop the world from turning. It's not going to change the world. But it might change a heart a bit or cause you to take just one second to ask yourself that question: “What do I have that I can give to the world?” You will know it. You will know your calling when your deepest heart's desire meets a great need. It's probably a lot closer than you think. And please remember there is nothing stronger in this world than kindness. So, when you leave here, go show the world that you're strong. What will you do? What do you have that you can give the world as you leave here and uphold the reputation of this great university? Your Calcutta awaits. Thank you, again, for the great honor. Congratulations to all off you once again. You've made us all very proud. And you are just beginning. Thank you. [Applause] >> Urgo: Thank you Bill for your remarks and your inspiration. It is now my great pleasure to welcome our Acting Provost, Dr. Karin Peterson, to the podium for the conferring of degrees. It's time. >> Provost Karin Peterson: Since 1991, UNC Asheville has awarded a Master's degree in the Liberal Arts. A unique offering in Higher Education, the interdisciplinary Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences program challenges students to explore the interconnectedness of the human condition. the arts and humanities to the From natural and social sciences, the MLAS degree is an extraordinary and important component of UNC Asheville's liberal arts mission. Will the candidates for the Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree please stand? [Cheering and applause] Interim Chancellor Urgo, these students are candidates for the Masters Degree and have been endorsed by the faculty and the registrar. I present them to you for the awarding of the degree. >> Urgo: In recognition of your successful completion of the course of study and your fulfillment of requirements, by vote of the University Faculty, with the approval of the Board of Trustees and the concurrence of the Board of Governors, and by virtue of the authority vested in me by these boards and the State of North Carolina, I confer upon each of you the degree of Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may please start to make your way forward. [Applause] >> Peterson: Will all of the candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree please stand? That's all of you. Interim Chancellor Urgo, these students are candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree and have been endorsed by the faculty and the registrar. I present them to you for the awarding of degrees. >> Urgo: In recognition of your completion of the course of study and your fulfillment of requirements, by vote of the University Faculty, with the approval of the Board of Trustees and the concurrence of the Board of Governors, and by virtue of the authority vested in me by these boards and the State of North Carolina, I confer upon each of you, as appropriate, the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Bachelor of Science. You may now take your seat and will be called forward to the stage. [Applause] >> Peterson: Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Audra Ayn Coleman Zachary Lee Davis Karla Marie Goethe Karla Marie Goethe Bachelor of Arts Jennifer Baylee Abernathy Tracy Ann Adams Savannah Jessup Adams Angel Faye Aguayo Sophia Tweed Ahmad Joshua Clinton Alexander Hannah Lynn Anderson Summa cum laude Rebecca Lea Andrews Magna cum laude Alison Mae Antaramian John Philip Aschenbrenner Samuel Steven Baker Chloe Elisabeth Bankson Andria Paige Barlow Jesse Mccraw Barnett Caroline Taylor Barrett Leila Annie Beikmohamadi James Patrick Belza Magna cum laude Margaret Bonner Benfield Cum laude Mikayla Rain Bennett Cum laude Zoe Elizabeth Bergmire-Sweat Alexander Robert Masao Bernet -Jones Brian Emmerson Black Kayla Rain Black Magna cum laude Parker Louise Bobbitt Summa cum laude Mary Katherine Bolch Summa cum laude Julia Camille Bone Madeleine Faith Boone Jacob Bryan Bradley Elijah Farid Branch Natalie Celeste Branson Raymond Patrick Brewer- Posey Laura Elizabeth Brier Sarah Catherine Britton Nathanael DeSpain Brothers Benjamin Ryan Brown Casey Alexander Brown Neva Kyrsten Brown Ruthanna Josephine Buchanan Gwen Nerys Burchell James Andrew Burns Tiana Janet Bush Summa cum laude Ginger Michelle Buxeda Summa cum laude Jamie Katherine Calabria Casey James Camby Victoria Paige Carlisle Jonathan Charles Carpenter Haylee Jayne Carringer Chase Graham Carroll Miles Anthony Carter Magna cum laude Kalob Morgon Chauvin- Payne Cum Laude Elijah Graham Choplin Madeline Amanda Christopher Cum laude Cody Morgan Clark Charlotte Grace Clarke Cum laude Margaret Ellen Clerkin Cum laude Lindsey Brooke Cline Nathaniel Taylor Cole Sydney Elizabeth Cole Cum laude Abigail Katherine Collins Benjamin John Collins Sarah Allison Combs Zachary Hughes Compton Destine Guffey Conner Mitchell Alexander Connor Kade Britt Cosper Shelby Paige Counts Emily Kay Cowan Samuel Battle Claiborne Craig Seona Jean Craig Lindsay Anne Craven Magna cum laude Jessie Crawford Matthew David Crump Magna cum laude Gabriel Russak Dainotto Isabella Nickelle Daniels Anna Luisa Lopes DaSilva Margaret Elizabeth Daum Amalie Emma Lindquist Davidsen Chase Phillip Davis Monica Rose Davis Justin Matthew Day Mariana Brambilla De Oliveira Cum laude Riley Noah Dellea Natalie Kathleen Delp Britt Athelstan Dibartolo Magna cum laude David Russell Dickerson, Jr. Michelle Ai-ling Dietz Cum laude Annie Lorraine DiLorenzo Josey Nichols Dixon Magna Cum laude Kalen Jerrod Doleman Jordan Michael Dossett Magna cum laude Austin Wayne Dowdy Magna cum laude Cornelius Johannes Du Plessis Carey Elisabeth Dunn Magna cum laude Barry Franklin Ecker Summa cum laude Holly Marie Edmondson Colten Edward Emery David Joseph Eron Jessica Lynn Griffin Farrow Gabriela Judith Feinstein Larry Aaron Lee Ferguson Lindsay Mariah Ferkol Magna cum laude Emmanuel Figaro Cum laude Daniel Mark Fistos Bronaza Nyree King Fitzgerald Kaitlyn Ashe Flint Sarah Elizabeth Forshey Alex Christopher Fresa Conner Stephen Furr William Sherwood Gamble Oskar Galileo Gambony-Steding Magna cum laude Christine Danielle Gendy Cum laude Greylen Monroe Gibson Giovanni Paolo Gironda Hunter Douglas Gomes Magna cum laude Cy Hunter Gourlay Olivia Symone Brown Graham Rebekah Joy Gray Leah Michelle Griffin Cum laude Jatsiri Guadarrama- Santana Amba Forest Guerguerian Summa cum laude Cora Anne Hacker Melody Elizabeth Rose Hager Amanda Joy Hagstrom Emmalie Belle Handley Marjory Jean Hansen Jasmine Victoria Harper Emmanuel Levi Hartman Summa cum laude Mechal Dana Harward Nicholas Alexander Haseloff Samuel Jackson Hedges Emily Elizabeth Henderson Madeline Jacqueline Hendley Magna cum laude Grace Paige Hennard Madeline Annette Herron Cum laude Sarah Ann Lucy Hesselink Lilyan Elizabeth Hinson Calla Rose Hinton Laura Christine Hoffman Addison Paul Hoggard Summa cum laude Samuel Grey Holder Magna cum laude Walter Samuel Holton Cum laude Lillian Tara Hunter Timothy Bruce Hussey Jesse Raine Lazone Ingham Carrie Ann Jarvis Tana Rae Johnson Magna cum laude Jeremy Ross Jones David Lamb Jordan Nefertiti Karismaida Larisa Ann Karr Sean Michael Katzman Margaret Grace Kennedy Magna cum laude Shannon Alexis Kennedy Estelle Kimsey- White Magna cum laude Jonah Freeman Klever Brittany Monet Klutz Grey Wolfe LaJoie Michael Noah Lanier Jeffrey Michael Lauer Magna Cum laude Alexandra Elizabeth Laws Sarah Elizabeth Leaird Cum laude Gretchen C. 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Werth Kathleen Dakota White Cum laude Lyric Kierre Whitener Aiden Whitney-Johnson Summa cum laude Brandon Allen Widner Cum laude Danielle Lizbeth-Marie Wiener Summa cum laude Madeleine Rachel Wiggins Erika Kate Williams Miranda Morgan Wood Cum laude William Breckinridge Wood, II Jacob Frost Woodhouse Dale Ho-zhe Wright Cum Laude Phillip Tyler Wyatt Christina S. Young Daniel Christopher Zeitlen Summa cum laude Dehlia Beck Zietlow Cum laude Samira Jordan Zoobi Cum laude And now the candidates for Bachelor of Fine Arts Kalee Michelle Calhoun Magna cum laude Joseph Anthony Esposito Lily Sheffield Furniss Cum laude Huan Vida LaPlante Magna cum laude Ashlee Ann Lounsbury Jacob Allen Secor Cum laude And now the candidates for Bachelor of Science in Engineering A degree awarded jointly by UNC Asheville and North Carolina State University. 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Young, II Cum laude Olivia Marie Godfrey Summa cum laude [Applause and cheers] [Applause and cheers] >> Urgo: Class of 2018, I hereby confer the degree of upon you and ask if you would mind moving your tassels. [Applause and cheers] [Applause and cheers] I'd like now to address the class of 2018 directly, to offer my charge to you as UNC Asheville's newest alumni class. Let's start with some insider talk, about the liberal arts degree you have just earned. You know, there are much easier ways to go about getting a college degree. You don't have to do a senior capstone course or undergraduate research project; you don't have to explore arts and ideas or follow a four-year sequence in the humanities, no matter what your major; you don't have to pursue expertise in a field of inquiry with a thousand-year record of human thought, or take classes where your active, in -person, face-to face participation is expected, required, and assessed. No, there are easier ways if all you want is a line on your resume and a job. In our culture of instant gratification and life hacks from everything from grilled cheese to cell phone batteries - and don't try those together - it's no wonder the liberal arts is under attack from some quarters. It's the most challenging way to get a college degree. It's how you get the degree while also acquiring deep and lasting expertise, habits of thought, and a temperament of curiosity. You did not settle for superficial job training, or for the fast track to a place - anyplace - in the workforce, you wanted and you got a greater challenge. What you have earned cannot be taken away it can never be outdated, only reaffirmed and cultivated. You, members of UNC Asheville's class of 2018 - you are not simply members of this nation's workforce (with all the quiet desperation that that implies ; you are members of our national critical thought-force. Can you remember when you were in class an instance, and the discussion was going one way, until you, or a classmate, said or asked something and the professor reacted, I mean really reacted, asked a student to say more, got up, wrote on the board, got real excited, the conversation shifted, and the student was somewhat dumbfounded but yes, wasn't that pretty cool? That's the critical thought-force in action. That's your thought-force training. You have this preparation, you are a member of your generation's thought -force. Cultivate it! Keep reading. Keep learning. Keep asking. Ask your professor which books to put on your lifelong reading list. Which web sites to frequent. Which subscriptions to maintain. Within this thought-force are the change-makers of the future, the minds that don't understand why that's the way we have always done it, who ask again and insist on the fundamental questions about equity and fairness and decency, who have the long view in a short-sighted environment. You must live surely in one of the noisiest eras of human history. You are bombarded by electronic vies for your attention, and at all moments you yourself may become the object of someone else's posting, tweet, or Instagram. Everybody's always looking for the fast track, the easy way, the latest thing - how exciting! But alas, human life takes time. If there is something we have accomplished in offering you a liberal arts education - one informed by that sense of having then liberated - it is my hope and expectation that you are able to see past the hype and the hucksterism of the marketplace. That you are aware of major trends in human history, forces that define us, influence or lives. And that you are aware that every moment contains a multitude of potential directions, interpretations, and discoveries. This potential is there to be created. You will create the future because you're able to think these challenges from multiple perspectives and viewpoints. My charge to you is that you take your role in a thought-force seriously, apply it when called on to do so, and continue to cultivate it. There is no doubt that you will need to apply and cultivate your critical thought-force skills. We face large, complicated, intractable problems, climate change, violence in our schools, inaccessible health care, racial inequities, income disparities, infrastructure collapse, global tensions and hostilities. Continuing to apply the same kind of thinking that got us into these predicaments won't get us out. We need a critical thought-force that moves nimbly from one way of thinking to another - testing, failing, trying again, moving towards solutions in continuous collaborations with others, in rapid-fire social and political context, moving quickly from street to cloud, from social media to social movement. Cultivating this thought-force is not a mere suggestion. It's an expectation, it's a charge, and we raise these expectations in you, the graduating class of 2018, for our future, and for our shared humanity. Class of 2018, please stand together. By virtue of the authority vested in me by UNC Asheville Board of Trustees, the UNC Board of Governors and the Great State of North Carolina, I proclaim you graduates of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. [Applause and cheering] [Applause and cheering] [Music from Brass Band] [Music from Brass Band] At this time, I welcome Logan Lueck, back to the platform to lead us in singing the Alma Mater. The words are printed on your program; please remain standing. >> Logan Lueck: Please join me in our alma mater. <i> Hail Our Alma Mater, Hail UNA</i> <i> Learning be your watchword, Greatness be your way.</i> <i> High upon the mountains, in te</i> <i> Land of Sky Stands our Alma Mater,</i> <i> Lift your voices high.</i> <i> Noble Alma Mater, Hear our wos</i> <i> of praise. May we love and honor you,</i> <i> Until the end of days.</i> [Applause and cheers] >> Urgo: Thank you again Logan. Congratulation once again to the Class of 2018! Please share today's celebration with your faculty and Student Affairs members! Signs are located at the back of the Quad to indicate where you can meet your respective faculty and Student Affairs members. I would ask you please remain standing until the platform party has exited and our graduates have recessed. Have a wonderful day! [Cheers] [Bell rings 3 times] ♪ [Bagpipe music] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪


Early life

Joseph Finch Guffey was born December 29, 1870, at Guffey Station in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania to John and Barbaretta (Hough) Guffey. Guffey's Scots-Irish ancestors had owned land along the Youghiogheny River since the 1780s, and prospered when railroads were constructed there.[2] His mother was of English ancestry (Hough is a common surname in Lancashire.) Joseph Guffey was the last born of eight children: brothers James C. and Alexander S, and sisters Ida Virginia, Pauletta, Mary Emma, Jane Campbell, and Elizabet Irwin.

He attended but did not graduate from Princeton University. As a Princeton student, he became a disciple of Professor Woodrow Wilson. During Wilson's tenure as Princeton president, Guffey and other former students became supporters of Wilson's Quad Plan for developing the university. Later Guffey became active in the Democratic Party and worked to help Wilson secure the Democratic presidential nomination in 1912 and gain election.

World War I

Guffey owned an oil company with two of his sisters. He was appointed as a member of the War Industries Board (Petroleum Service Division), as well as the Director of the Bureau of Sales in the Alien Property Custodian's office during World War I.

Guffey suffered financial setbacks in oil speculation during World War I. He was indicted by a federal grand jury for misuse of funds under his control as Sales Director. The charges were later dropped as part of a deal made during the Harding/Coolidge administrations' Teapot Dome scandal. Guffey served as a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1920 through 1928.

United States Senate

Guffey in 1937
Guffey in 1937

Guffey and his lieutenant, David L. Lawrence led a resurgence of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Guffey was elected to the United States Senate in 1934, unseating Republican Senator David Reed. Guffey was the first Democrat to win election as Senator from Pennsylvania since William A. Wallace won election in 1874. In that same year, George H. Earle became the first Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania since the 19th century.[3]

He was the chairperson of the Mines and Mining committee, and was a fervent supporter of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s. He supported the aggressive politics of Henry Wallace, who compared the Republicans with fascists.

Guffey spoke out against Harry Anslinger (who had been appointed to lead the newly formed Federal Bureau of Narcotics by his father-in-law Andrew Mellon) for referring to "niggers" in official correspondence.[4] He caused a controversy in Pennsylvania when he backed Lieutenant Governor Thomas Kennedy, who was a close associate of mine workers union head John L. Lewis, over lawyer Charles Alvin Jones who was backed by Governor Earle and other Democratic leaders. Jones later lost the general election to Republican Arthur James. Guffey was at the same time working with Lewis, demanding that Pleas E. Greenlee replace Charles F. Hosford Jr. who had been ineffective as chairman of the National Bituminous Coal Commission.

In April 1943, British scholar Isaiah Berlin wrote a confidential analysis of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the British Foreign Office, and characterized Guffey as:

a noisy Administration supporter who wraps himself in the Roosevelt flag and has been advocating for a fourth term for some time. A very typical Pennsylvania politician who has decided to throw his lot in with the President and has thus become an obedient party hack not of the purest integrity. Consistently votes in the opposite direction to his fellow Senator from Pennsylvania, James Davis.[5]

He was reelected in 1940, with Claude Pepper campaigning with him. Guffey was less influential after the Republicans took control of the Congress and reversed some of the laws helping labor unions, eventually passing the Taft-Hartley Act after Guffey was defeated by Governor Edward Martin by a wide margin in 1946.


After leaving the Senate, Guffey retired to Washington, DC, where he died in 1959. Upon his death, he was returned to West Newton, Pennsylvania for burial in the West Newton Cemetery.

See also


  1. ^ "Palmer's Foes Take Control In Georgia". The Baltimore Sun. May 19, 1920. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Bob Cupp, "Railroads: Lifeline to the region", Pittsburgh Tribune, 29 April 2012; accessed 19 February 2018
  3. ^ Morgan, Alfred L. (April 1978). "The Significance of "Pennsylvania s 1938 Qubernatorial £lection". 102 (2): 184–210. Retrieved 26 November 2014. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Hari, Johann (2015). Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. Bloomsbury.
  5. ^ Hachey, Thomas E. (Winter 1973–1974). "American Profiles on Capitol Hill: A Confidential Study for the British Foreign Office in 1943" (PDF). Wisconsin Magazine of History. 57 (2): 141–153. JSTOR 4634869. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013.
  • Joseph Guffey Papers: Seeley G. Mudd Library, Princeton University
  • National Archives: College Park, MD
  • United States Senate Archives
  • American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography
  • Charles Halt, Seventy Years on the Red-Fire Wagon: From Tilden to Truman, Through New Freedom and New Deal.
  • Joseph F. Guffey, New Deal Politician From Pennsylvania. Ph.D. dissertation, Syracuse University, 1965.
  • Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University Library (text of campaign speech given March 11, 1940).
  • Time Magazine: February 28, 1938; March 28, 1938; June 3, 1946.

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
David Reed
 U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: James Davis, Francis Myers
Succeeded by
Edward Martin
Party political offices
Preceded by
A. Mitchell Palmer
Member of the Democratic National Committee
from Pennsylvania

Succeeded by
Sedgwick Kistler
Preceded by
William McNair
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
(Class 1)

1934, 1940, 1946
Succeeded by
Guy Bard
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