By Tom O'Connor

Tribute Staff Writer

Screaming bobby-soxers and adults nearly mobbed handsome movie actor Tyrone Power at the close of the University of Tampa graduation exercises last night at Municipal Auditorium.

It took a body guard of stronged-armed policemen to shield Power from the autograph seekers and howling movie fans as he started to leave the stage through the front door.

Power was faced with a sea of squealing wiggling teen-agers who fought to get near the screen star. The adults weren't at all backward about elbowing and kneeling their way through the crowd.

Students joined the officers in forming a protective guard around Power who was escorted across the campus to the university lobby with the throng yapping at his heels.

At the height of the fan-uprising, a loudspeaker announced that Power had left the building by a side entrance and was on his way to his hotel. It advised all those who wished to see the actor to go to the Tampa Terrace Hotel. Later, however ,the speaker announced that Power would appear on a balcony at the university if everyone would retire to the porch.

A little later, still escorted by police and in the company of Dr. E. C. Nance, president of the university, and his Hollywood press agent, he appeared on the porch. He was greeted with wild screams and simulated swoons and was heard to say that he knew it would be like this.

His balcony appearance competed the actor attended a reception given by Dr. Nance for the graduating class in the ballroom of the university.

Throughout Power's talk and while Dr. Nance was conferring the degree upon him, a newsreel camera set upon a high platform several feet in front of the stage, recorded the event.

Power who was presented the honorary degree of doctor of humanities told the 62 members of the graduating class that the responsibility of enjoying a democratic form o government rests squarely upon each individual of democracy. That form of government is not stronger than its weakest supporter, he said.

Speaking before an overflow crowd that spilled out into the grounds, Power said: "It is difficult for one who has not traveled extensively to appreciate fully the benefits of living in this country and being a citizen of the U.S. There are too many of us, I know, too prone to take our advantages for granted and to slide along in the happy belief that without any individual effort on our part we will continue to enjoy those benefits as we assume them to be our natural and inherited right."

All Must Carry Burden

Placing the burden of keeping a democratic form of government on the individual, Power said: "A great many of the troubles and evils that have beset, us both nationally and internationally during the past few years could have in a great measure been avoided had the individual realized his responsibilities and carried his share of the burden."

"The sooner that we all realize that each and every one of us is a part of the government," the actor went on, "and while enjoying the benefits of it, accept at the same time the responsibilities, the sooner we will have the democratic form of government we desire and the type of country to live in which the whole world imagines us to be."

Touching on his travel experiences Power said in countries like Italy and Greece the people look to America for help in combating the forces which are driving for control in those countries.

Must Work for Aims

"As regards each and everyone of you personally, the dreams and hopes that you have for the future, I believe that anything is possible. However, you must work for it."

In conclusion, Power said:

"The privilege of living in this great country of ours is not to be taken for granted. It must be paid for on the part of each individual to make it live, to make it work and to make it bring us the things we want to life."

The honorary degree of doctor of science was presented to Dr. Hamilton Holt, president of Rollins college Winter Park, and the honorary degree of doctor of humanities was given to Dr. Wortley F. Rudd, dean of the Medical College of Virginia.

Carl D. Brorein, president of the Peninsular Telephone Co., gave a brief resume of Power's life and his professional record. He listed several of the pictures i which Power has appeared including Lloyd's of London, In Old Chicago, Marie Antoinette, Suez, Jesse James, The Rains Came, Blood and Sand, The Razor's Edge and Captain from Castile.

In awarding the degree, Dr. Nance said:

"Tyrone Power, long a beloved star of stage, screen and radio, veteran of World War II< distinguished citizen, world traveler, a staunch and intelligent advocate of democracy and world peace, a young and famous man who bears his fame in humility and appreciation, the University of Tampa confers upon you the honorary degree of doctor of humanities and admits you to all its rights and privileges."

Dr. Holt Honored

David e. Smiley, president of the board of trustees of the university, gave a sketch of the life and achievements of Dr. Hamilton Holt.

He has been president of Rollins College since 1925 and had previously distinguished himself as a magazine editor and an international peach advocate. He is a graduate of Yale University and has been given honorary degrees from several colleges and universities.

At Rollins he founded the Rollins Institute of World Government which was an offshoot of the conference on world government held at Rollins in the Spring of 1946.

In conferring the degree Dr. Nance said:

"Hamilton Holt, educator, internationalist, life-long advocate of world peace journalist, author, distinguished citizen of Florida and of the world, the University of Tampa confers upon you the degree of doctor of science and admits you to all its rights and privileges."

Dr. Rudd's Record

Dr. Howard G. Baker noted the achievements of Dr. Rudd, the third recipient of an honorary degree. Dr. Rudd has been dean of the Medical College of Virginia for 27 years and has been associated with that college for 46 years. He is a past president of the Virginia Academy of Science, the Virginia section of the American chemical Society, the Southern Association of Science and Industry and this year has been awarded the Herty Medal given by the Georgia section of the American chemical Society.

Dr. Nance said: "Dr. Wortley F. Rudd, chemist, scientist, professor and educator, distinguished citizen on the South, co-founder of the Southern Association of science and Industry, Dean of the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Tampa confers upon you the honorary degree of doctor of humanities, and admits you to all the rights and privileges."

Awards Diplomas

Dr. Nance gave the diplomas to the graduate and Dr. M. C. Rhodes, dean, presented the candidates for degrees.

The Rev. A. B. Goodspeed, S.J. of Sacred Heart Church, gave the invocation and David Zielonka, of Schaarai Zedek Temple, gave the final benediction.

During the ceremonies it was announced that the university year book, the Moroccan is dedicated to Dean Rhodes. Dr. Nance presented a copy of the book to Dean Rhodes on behalf of the graduating class.

Marshals were Dr. C. Herbert Laub and Professor Jesse L. Keene. Student marshals were Mona Deeter Walters and Gerald Sabin. The graduating class held traditional class day exercises when Jack Dayan gave the valedictory address and Mrs. Dorothy Russell gave the salutatory.

Leonard J. Vidal, president of the class, gave the class gift, a check to be applied to the university endowment fund.

Power is scheduled to leave Tampa this morning at 9:05 o'clock by National Airlines for Dallas. Texas, where he will spend a few days with a Marine Corps friend. He will then leave for Hollywood.

His next trip will take him to Spain, Portugal and to Italy where he will begin work on a new motion picture.

Univ of Tampa Fl-A Freedom-Loving Tyrone Long Sought Married Bliss
By Ralph Mahoney

A Freedom-Loving Tyrone Long Sought Married Bliss

Tyrone Power, dark-haired handsome and the very prototyped of a matinee idol, found happiness and success in everything except marriage.

He had poise, charm, intelligence and the theatrical lineage which assured the stardom that came to him in films and on the stage.

But these same qualities, so attractive to women, failed to bring the contentment he sought in his first two marriages.

He may have found it in his third marriage--to lovely, brunette Deborah Minardos--but death stepped in to separate even this union.

The thread of marital tragedy that wove itself into the pattern of Power’s otherwise immensely rewarding life may have stemmed from an unquenchable love of freedom.

"Right now freedom is the greatest thing in the world to me," the actor said in 1946. "Nothing matters or count except that I'm free."

He made the statement just after his return from service as a Marine pilot in World War II.


In 1948, he was free of Annabella, the winsome French blonde of whom he said, when they were married in 1939: "This woman's helped me discover in myself more than I've ever been able to find alone." Annabella, for her part, said Tyrone returned from service "changed," moody and restive.

Between his separation from Annabella and the actual divorce, Power already had embarked on a series of romances.

One was Gene Tierney, whose own marriage to Oleg Cassini had broken up in 1946. Many Hollywood observers were confident Tyrone and Gene would marry because they shared many intellectual interests. But nothing ever came of the romance.

Another was with blonde Lana Turner--temperamentally the opposite of Gene Tierney--who fascinated Tyrone by her wild, fun-loving attitude toward life. This drifted off into "just a friendship."


But it was the sultry Linda Christian of Tampico, Mexico, whom Power was to marry in January, 1949, after an international romance.

The Catholic church gave its sanction to the marriage because Tyrone’s first marriage to Annabella had not been performed by a clergyman. The wedding took place in an historic church in Rome and was cheered wildly by a crowd of Italian movie fans. this was the real thing, Power thought. The certain abiding love.

And so it seemed for a while. His marriage to Annabella had been childless but Linda bore him two daughters, Romina, on Oct. 2, 1951, and Taryn, on Sept. 13, 1953.

But five years after the marriage, items about the Powers, particularly about Linda, began to creep into the gossip columns.

In 1954 they separated, with Tyrone blaming the breakup on Linda's interest in British actor Edmund Purdom.

In 1955, Linda sued for divorce, charging Tyrone had become "cool and distant." At almost the same time, Purdom started divorce action against his wife, Tita.


But after the divorce and even as Linda was about to start on her headline-blazing romances with Brazilian millionaires and other international figures, she spoke of a reconciliation with Tyrone.

And Tyrone was reported considering returning to Annabella.

Neither of these developments, however, got beyond the talking stage, and Tyrone, after three footloose years, married Deborah Minardos, a Southern belle, last May.

Debbie, married once previously, said she "didn't give a hoot about acting" and was content to stay in Tyrone's shadow. She was at his side wherever they went and will become the mother of his child in February.

Commencement Thoughts
Tampa Morning Tribune
June 1, 1948

Something more than the affable and customary is to be discerned in the commencement exercises yesterday of the University of Tampa.

This community has not failed to note--indeed, we believe many individuals throughout the nation are aware of the fact--that the commencement address was given by Tyrone Power, Hollywood film star.

A topflight movie figure as a commencement speaker is definitely unusual. Most of us consider that graduation rostrums should be graced by leading educators, men of letters or men who have made outstanding marks in the ordinary business world. However, we feel that both Tampa and Hollywood profited form Mr. Power's appearance. His personality, the ample and excellent advice he offered the graduates and the whole tone of his address all combine to underscore the point that there is good reason to call him Hollywood's and America’s ambassador of good will.

As Mr. Power pointed out, the graduates of our institutions of higher learning possess a great country and great opportunities. True enough, youth falls heir to our failures. But youth also enjoys the cumulative successes and achievements of every generation of Americans, and this is a gift beyond compare or price.

This nation is great among all peoples. Ours are the highest standards of living of all the world, strengthened and maintained by the principles of democracy operating within a republican form of free government.

There are, of course, great and compelling challenges to youth today. Nevertheless, our young graduates have every potential to carry on, to rehabilitate where indicated, to repair where necessary and to enhance their precious American heritage by a full exercise of the principles of democracy and good citizenship.

To the University of Tampa graduates, faculty and trustees, and to Tyrone Power and more movie personalities with his good sense and seriousness, our commendation and best wishes for happiness and success.