Bust of Rufus B. Von KleinSmid

At the Von KleinSmid Center, USC. Sculpted by Merrell Gage.

Dedication by Norman Topping:

This was a man
This was a man of action and achievement
This was a man of vision and creativity
A man of serenity and strength
A man of determination and patience
This was a man of sensitivity and courage
A man of humor and humility
A noble man with a common touch
A self disciplined man with an understanding for all
This was a man who was counselor to thousands throughout the world
This was a man committed to truth and good and beauty
Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid was a man and a leader of men
However vivid his memory and however enduring his works
There is one thing we all know
We have lost a friend.

There is also a dedication to Von KleinSmid in the Cook Rotunda of the Los Angeles Public Library in memory of his service as library commissioner (1936-1964):

To the nation a renowned educator and respected champion of international understanding, to the university of Southern California a beloved and astute leader to the Los Angele Public Library a wise counselor through long and difficult years of prodigious growth, as a tribute to his high dedication to developing the library's role as an educational institution, and in appreciation of the vision and wit which animated his service as a commissioner, this Central Library has been named in his honor the Von Kleinsmid Library.


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