Last Updated Apr 2, 2010 10:25 PM EDT
Some people are remembered for what they did in life.
Jerald terHorst, who died this week at 87, will be remembered for what he wouldn't do. Ter Horst, the son of Dutch immigrants, didn't learn to speak English until he was five years old.
But he would one day speak for
the President of the
Thirty days later, Ford pardoned
former President Richard Nixon .. and with that, terHorst
He said he could not defend
giving Nixon a full pardon when the same consideration was not given to men who
-- as a matter of conscience -- refused to serve in
To their dying days, both Gerald Ford and Jerald terHorst insisted they had done the right thing, but history may be the ultimate judge.
That's a page from my Notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.