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Syracuse University announces University Lectures speakers

Maureen Dowd is an editorial journalist and the recipient of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. She covered seven presidential campaigns and has written best-selling books on former President George W. Bush and the sexual politics of the 2016 presidential election.

Dowd has worked for The Washington Star, The New York Times and The Times Magazine. She has won a Glamour Women of the Year award and was a finalist for another Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

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Jack of all trades: McGrory's back, leading SDSU's Mission Valley campaign

John R. McGrory Jr. grew up in a working-class Boston suburb, on a street that had been home to McGrorys since the 1850s. His parents urged all five of their children to attend college, and all five did.

Jack, the eldest, attended Colgate in upstate New York. A classics major, he was schooled in government and politics by his second cousin — Mary McGrory, then a columnist for The Washington Star and later for The Washington Post.

An internship on Sen. Ted Kennedy’s staff ended in 1971, the year he graduated, when he received his draft notice and enlisted in the Marine Corps. Too tall to squeeze into a cockpit — aviation was his first choice — McGrory went to Quantico, Va., to train as an infantry officer.

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