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  • Tribute to Robert Dick Douglas, Jr.

    by Senator Richard Burr

    Posted on 2015-12-08

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    BURR. Mr. President, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring my constituent Robert Dick Douglas, Jr. Mr. Douglas earned Eagle Scout rank 90 years ago today, making him the longest serving Eagle alive.

    The Boy Scouts of America recently highlighted Mr. Douglas' life in their magazine, which I think would impress anyone who reads it. I am pleased to highlight some of the points in the article.

    A native of Greensboro, Mr. Douglas eagerly joined the Boy Scouts the very same day that he celebrated his 12th birthday. After earning his Eagle Scout award on December 8, 1925, Mr. Douglas was one of three scouts selected for an African safari with famed photographers and adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson. Upon his return from this journey, Douglas coauthored the best selling documentary ``Three Boy Scouts in Africa,'' which went on to sell 125,000 copies in its first year of publication. The book afforded Douglas the opportunity to tour the Nation speaking with the likes of Amelia Earhart at school and civic assemblies.

    The publisher was evidently so impressed with Douglas' work that he sent the young Eagle Scout to Alaska to write another adventure book titled ``A Boy Scout in the Grizzly Country.'' From that experience, Douglas became an advocate of land and wildlife conservation and, when he returned home, began sharing his newfound knowledge with the Nation through public appearances.

    Douglas' successes continued well into adulthood, going on to graduate from law school at Georgetown University and to become a labor and employment law attorney at his father's legal practice. Mr. Douglas served as a lawyer for over 70 years and managed to make his way before the Supreme Court. Douglas also served in the FBI, where he had the chance to work under J. Edgar Hoover for a time. Mr. Douglas retired at the age of 96.

    In recognition of his longevity and commitment to scouting and his community, the 103-year-old Douglas was presented with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award on September 24, 2015. During the ceremony, Mr. Douglas extolled scouting as a significant influence on his life. He insists to this day that scouting taught him that he could do just about anything that he wanted to undertake. It is with great pleasure that I pay tribute to Robert Dick Douglas, Jr., today on his 90th anniversary of attaining Eagle Scout.


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