Bust of Rufus B. Von KleinSmid

Sculpted by Merrell Gage.

The bust, originally located in the Von KleinSmid Center plaza, was moved into Doheny Library for a few years in the early 2000s before being moved back to the VKC plaza. The bust was removed from public view in the late 2010s. The building was renamed after Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow in April 2022.

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 was 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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