Pima Dems Respond to Recovery of JFK Bust



City of Tucson photo
City of Tucson photo

Back on December 17, 2013 I reported for Tucsoncitizen.com that the JFK bust on a 5 foot tall pedestal at El Presidio Park (just west of the Pima County Courthouse) was stolen.  Here’s an update on that bust which had been placed there in 1964 (after President Kennedy was assassinated) by the Pima County Democratic Party.


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Date: March 31, 2013
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Pima Dems Respond to Recovery of JFK Bust
TUCSON – Good news this evening from the Tucson Police Department; the bronze bust of former President John F. Kennedy stolen from El Presidio Park in December has been recovered. Local news reports the effigy, erected in 1964 to commemorate the President’s assassination, was found in a west side wash with some damage to the base.
PCDP Chair Don Jorgensen released this statement:
“We are please that the sculpture has been found. We will be happy to work with the City to restore the memorial.”

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).