The Honorable Charles Grandison Rose III '61
Known in both Washington and his home state of North Carolina as a coalition builder, Charlie Rose, Davidson Class of 1961, has distinguished himself as a dynamic leader and ardent defender of his principles. During his 24 year career in the House of Representatives, Charlie dedicated his abundant talents and unflagging energies to the representation of the people of North Carolina's Seventh District. While low-key in temperament, he has never shied away from a challenge to his beliefs. Whether it be the leadership of NATO's parliamentary body, the North Atlantic Assembly; the building of low-income housing in Wilmington; the protection of North Carolina's farmers; or the championing of the Dalai Lama's efforts to free Tibet, Representative Rose has been a forceful advocate and successful mediator.
A proponent of increased efficiency, he is widely recognized for his efforts to computerize Capitol Hill. He is the founder of the policy group on information and computers and put the House of Representatives on the cutting edge of information technology, bringing C-SPAN to Congress. His service as Chairman of the powerful House Administration Committee was characterized by effective streamlining measures and productive improvements to the details of daily life on the Hill.
Because you epitomize dedication to the core beliefs of your own heart and those whom you have represented and have devoted your abilities and energy to a notable life of public service, the Davidson College Alumni Association gratefully recognizes you, Charles Grandison Rose, III, with this Distinguished Alumnus Award on this, the ninth day of April, 1997.