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Case Trustee receives Medal of Merit from Hungarian president

Photo: Edith LauerEdith Lauer, a Case Western Reserve University board of trustee member, recently received the Presidential Medal of Merit from Ferenc Madl, president of Hungary, for her efforts to support Hungarian-American interests and issues.

The honor was bestowed upon Lauer in June. At the ceremony Lauer, who emigrated from Hungary in 1956, was lauded as an outstanding representative of the Hungarian émigré community, and for representing Hungarian interests through her involvement in public affairs in the United States and in cultural and educational institutions and foundations.

Lauer was elected to Case's Board of Trustees in October 1999. She is chair of the board's subcommittee addressing undergraduate education and life and vice chair of the board's academic affairs committee. She also serves on the campus planning committee.

Lauer has been actively involved with issues regarding Hungary and the United States for many years. In 1990, she was the founding president of the Hungarian American Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based umbrella organization of Hungarian American groups. She was frequently consulted by the White House, and the Hungarian American Coalition gained a reputation among Washington decision-makers as a reliable source of information regarding Hungarian-American relations and issues. As chairman of the board emerita, Lauer continues to advocate the interests of Hungarian minorities in Washington and supports minority institutions and cultural initiatives in the countries surrounding Hungary.

Zsolt Szekeres, president of the Hungarian American Coalition, said, “The Coalition is proud of the high-level recognition of its founding president and expresses its wish that Mrs. Lauer will continue her diplomatic and sponsorship activities on behalf of the cultural and educational development of the Hungarian nation, as well as the representation of Hungarian interests in the U.S. and Europe, for many years to come.”


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