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Honorary degree recipients

At Commencement, Dartmouth will confer honorary degrees on:

Norman Borlaug
Norman Borlaug

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (Doctor of Science). A central figure in the "green revolution" that dramatically increased production of food crops worldwide over the last six decades, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his lifetime work to help feed a hungry world. As a young research scientist working in Mexico in the mid-1940s, Borlaug first developed successive generations of wheat varieties with broad disease resistance, adaptability to growing conditions across many degrees of latitude and exceedingly high yield potential. The wheat varieties Borlaug and his many scientific colleagues developed are today grown on more than 187 million acres throughout the world and may well be responsible for saving tens of millions of people from starvation.

Tom Brokaw (Doctor of Humane Letters). On Dec.1, 2004, Brokaw stepped down after 21 years as anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," but plans to continue reporting and producing long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events for NBC. Over the course of more than four decades, Brokaw built a distinguished journalistic career in which he achieved many "firsts," won many awards and became one of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism. He has become equally well known as author of four best-selling books, including The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories and A Long Way from Home.

Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton (Doctor of Letters). The only poet to have two books named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in the same year (1988), Clifton has won many fellowships and awards for her poetry and children's books. Most recently she was honored by the Cleveland Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. A former Poet Laureate of the State of Maryland, she is currently Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Hilda C. Landers Professor in the Liberal Arts at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Coleman

Mary Sue Coleman (Doctor of Science). President of the University of Michigan since August 2002, Coleman is Professor of Biological Chemistry in the U-M Medical School and Professor of Chemistry in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. She served as President of the University of Iowa for seven years prior to her appointment at Michigan. In addition to serving in a series of other leadership positions in higher education, she has compiled an outstanding career in biology and chemistry. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Coleman has also become a national spokesperson on the issue of university admissions and affirmative action, as a result of the admissions lawsuit in which the University of Michigan prevailed in 2003.

Thomas Kean
Thomas Kean

Thomas H. Kean (Doctor of Laws). Kean served as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, which was appointed to investigate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and produced a widely lauded report.  He has been President of Drew University since 1990 and also was a two-term Governor of New Jersey. As governor, Kean was rated among America's five most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine. In the last 15 years he has focused on shaping Drew into one of the nation's leading small liberal arts universities. He plans to step down as President of Drew this summer.

Dr. Mathilde Krim
Dr. Mathilde Krim

Dr. Mathilde Krim (Doctor of Science). A biomedical scientist who is a leader in the battle against HIV/AIDS worldwide, Krim was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian honor in the United States - in 2000. She founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF), the first private organization concerned with fostering and supporting AIDS research, in 1983. Two years later AMF merged with a like-minded group based in California to form the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which works to mobilize the public's generosity in support of AIDS research and prevention and the development of sound AIDS-related public policies.

Gordon W. Russell
Gordon W. Russell

Gordon W. Russell '55 (Doctor of Humane Letters). Russell has had a long and distinguished business career in a variety of senior management positions in the biomedical and healthcare industries and was for more than 20 years General Partner at Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm. He has had a parallel career as a member of and supporter of non-profit service institutions, including the Sun Valley Writers Conference, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Woods Hole Research Center, Ravenswood Family Health Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Peninsula Community Foundation, the Dartmouth Native American Program, the Dartmouth Center for Advancement of Learning and the Board of Overseers of  Dartmouth Medical School.

Andrew Young
Andrew Young

The Honorable Andrew Young (Doctor of Laws). Young has held a wide variety of leadership positions over the last several decades.  Beginning his career as a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights movement, he went on to be elected to three terms as a U.S. Representative before being appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Subsequently he served two terms as the Mayor of Atlanta and served as Co-Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.  Today he is Chairman of GoodWorks International, which works to foster long-term economic development in Africa and the Caribbean by creating successful business partnerships between private sector corporations and decision-makers in those emerging markets.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08