Big donation to SU Law includes special RFK autographed book

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A recent donation of literary works to the Syracuse University Law School includes a one of a kind book written by Robert F. Kennedy.

The copy of ‘The Enemy Within’ ,written by Kennedy, includes a handwritten note to his friend and former speechwriter, an SU alumnus.

It is part of a collection of about 1,500 titles from SU alumni Ronald Goldfarb (’54, L’56) and his wife Joanne Goldfarb (’57) donated to the SU Law School on behalf of their family.

Jan Fleckenstein is the Director of the Law Library at Syracuse University’s School of Law.

She tells NewsChannel 9, “It is a fascinating experience because you really get to reflect on and see the range of interests a person has developed over the course of a very long career.”

Mr. Goldfarb’s career included many years working for Bobby Kennedy.

The two men worked together when RFK was the US Attorney General and eventually Mr. Goldfarb served as his speechwriter when Kennedy became United States Senator from New York.

“So this volume is very precious to us as a representation of the relationship between these two men,” Fleckenstein says.

It is probably the Library’s single biggest donation in terms of titles.

The Goldfarb Collection is much more than just law and political books.

It includes books on the arts, architecture and pop culture, just to name a few.

Fleckenstein says this sends a whole other message to the students at SU’s Law School.

“Take a break from your case books. Enjoy something else, read something else, explore something else,” she says.

The collection is open to the public at the SU Law School in Dineen Hall during regular business hours, though not during Finals time, which is for the next couple of weeks.

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