That time Ronald Reagan met LDS Church Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas S. Monson

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  • ssev Maple Grove, MN
    Nov. 11, 2016 4:07 a.m.

    "President Ronald Reagan greets former veterans at the Salt Palace in Sept. 1984."

    The other famous man in the photo was Rex E. Lee. Lee was the dean of J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, from which I graduated in 1980. He became the 10th president of BYU.

    Lee was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He became the U.S. Solicitor General during the Reagan administration from 1981-1985.

    He served as a missionary in Mexico; at BYU, he was elected student-body president; he was first in his class at the University of Chicago Law School in 1963; and he became a partner for a Phoenix law firm.

    Lee died of pancreatic cancer. He was the author of two books, A Lawyer Looks at the Constitution; Brigham Young University Press (1981); What Do Mormons Believe; Deseret Book (1992).

    My personal experience with Dean Lee at BYU confirmed to me his brilliant mind. He had almost a stutter when he spoke, but when he spoke, we listened deeply.

    I would not call his personable (having a pleasant appearance and manner). He was a stern man, who kept a personal distance from us, his students.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 10, 2016 3:04 p.m.

    I remember that time Gordon B Hinkley met with the FBI and denied ever meeting Mark Hoffman.

  • chopperdan Clovis, NM
    Nov. 10, 2016 1:34 p.m.

    That is Rex Lee standing behind the President to his right! Both great men!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 10, 2016 11:57 a.m.

    My Uncle worked at Hill AFB and drove us up there so we could see the President. His motorcade route was known and we were happy when President Reagan stuck his head and hands out of the limo window to wave at us, lining the street coming out of Hill. We loved it!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 10, 2016 9:54 a.m.

    Reagan was the last great president. He championed family values, religion, work over welfare.
    A great man.