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Notre Dame “Books” Seminar Participant Awarded French Legion of Honor
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Notre Dame “Books” Seminar Participant Awarded French Legion of Honor

Maurice “Maury” Feren, at age 97, is a second-time participant in Notre Dame College’s Books That Changed the World seminar series. A decorated World War II veteran with two Gold Stars and a Purple Heart among other honors, he was recently awarded the French Legion of Honorby Stephen Knerly, Jr., the French Consul in Cleveland, at a ceremony at Park Synagogue on March 2.

The Legion of Honor is France’s highest order that recognizes military and civilians alike for their bravery or honorable service to the country. Feren received the award in recognition of his service as a U.S. soldier (medic) during World War II.  Humbly accepting the award, Feren said, “I accept this on behalf of all the Americans who gave up their lives during World War II, and on behalf of all who lived but were forever changed by the experience.”

The award announcement came as quite a surprise to Feren─65 years after the end of the war.

Feren is a well-known Clevelander who for decades has been a grocer; produce, wine and cheese expert; TV and radio personality; author; sculptor(one of his pieces that he donated is on display at the Seidman Cancer Center); writer; lover of art, music and theater; public speaker ─a true Renaissance man.

He is ready to sign up for his third year of the “Books” program, when he will be 98 years old!

The College’s annual “Books That Changed the World” is a seminar series offers leaders and aspiring leaders─and anyone with a passion for lifelong learning─the opportunity to meet and discuss a common theme for the year. The campus seminars, anchored in the “great books tradition,” draw leaders into thought-provoking analyses of contemporary issues through the medium of timeless literature and are among the most eagerly sought-after personal enrichment and professional development experiences.