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Truman Not Going to Israel for Ceremonies; Advised by His Doctor

Former President Harry S. Truman said today he had decided, on his doctor’s advice, not to go to Israel for the ground-breaking ceremonies Monday for the Truman Center for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University.

Mr. Truman said that former U.S. Solicitor Thurgood Marshall will represent him at the ceremonies. The former President had been scheduled to leave from New York by air next Saturday. There had been reports that Mr. Truman’s physicians were concerned about the trip because of Mr. Truman’s age. He is 82.

Plans for the Center, which will be a multi-million dollar project dedicated to application of scientific methods to the isolation and elimination of the causes of war, was announced here last January 20 in ceremonies attended by President Johnson, Mr. Truman, Chief Justice Earl Warren and other dignitaries. The Center will award an annual $50, 000 Truman Center Peace Prize as part of its comprehensive anti-war program.