HERIBERTO SEDENO M.D. HELPS PRESERVE PEDRO PAN’S HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS Dr. Sedeno, with his substantial gift in the year 2000 to Barry University in Miami, Florida, helped preserve Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh’s Pedro Pan historical collection dating from 1960 to 1962. Barry University serves as the repository of this collection containing important documents pertaining to the U.S. government-backed Pedro Pan program. Dr. Sedeno visited Barry University during the summer of 2000. At that time, he met with Sister Dorothy Jehle, OP (then Director of Archives) who showed him Msgr. Walsh’s archived documents. These documents are connected with Dr. Sedeno’s stay at Camp Matecumbe, Florida, from October 2, 1962 to September 11, 1961, as a participant of the Pedro Pan program. Sister Jeanne Laughlin, OP, Ph.D., President of Barry University later thanked Dr. Sedeno for his gift specifically designated for use at the Archive Department for the work associated in the preservation and cataloguing of Msgr. Walsh’s documents. Sister Jeanne, a native of Detroit, belonged to the Michigan-based Adriane Dominican Order of nuns. Under her leadership, Barry University quadrupled its student population and became Florida’s largest private University. She made international headlines in 2001 when she became involved in the Elian Gonzalez saga. Elian arrived in Miami’s shores literally hanging from a lifesaver after escaping Cuba with his mother who perished at sea. Elian for practical purposes became an unaccompanied 6-yr old boy, reminiscent of the over 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children who had arrived to the U.S.A. 40 years earlier. It was around the same time that Elian’s fate was being decided by his family, Cuban and U.S. government, that Dr. Sedeno was visiting with Sister Dorothy. It seemed coincidental to Dr. Sedeno that in connecting with his past, a revival of his story as an unaccompanied Cuban child arriving in the U.S.A.; a similar story that of Elian, was playing out in Miami.
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