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Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degree Recipients

Spring 2013

  • John W. Colloton
    Former CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Mary Louise Petersen
    Former President of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa Honorary
    Doctor of Humane Letters

Spring 2012

  • Robert D. Ray
    Former Governor of the State of Iowa
    Honorary Doctor of Law
  • Robert Osterhaus
    Former member of the Iowa State House of Representatives
    Honorary Doctor of Science
  • Stanley F. Redeker
    Former President of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

December 2011

No degrees were given.

Spring 2011

  • Jerre Stead
    UI benefactor
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Richard Myers
    Former member of the Iowa House of Representatives
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Gene Wilder
    Actor
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters  

Note:  Mr. Wilder's award was approved by the Board of Regents -  State of Iowa, but has not yet been conferred.  The university hopes to host Mr. Wilder so that the award may be conferred in person.

December 2010 

  • Arthur Neu
    Former State senator
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Spring 2010

  • Tom Brokaw
    Television journalist and author
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Robert Hass
    Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • C. Vivian Stringer
    Forrmer UI Women’s Basketball Coach
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Gregs Thomopulos
    CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stanley Consultants, Inc.
    Honorary Doctor of Science
  • John Pappajohn
    Entrepreneur and UI Benefactor
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

December 2009

  • Henry B. Tippie
    Businessman and UI Benefactor
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Spring 2009

  • Johan Hultin
    Noted pathologist and medical
    Honorary Doctor of Science

December 2008

  • Himie Voxman
    Clarinet legend and former director of the UI School of Music
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Spring 2008

  • Robert M. Solow
    Nobel Prize for Economics
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Orhan Pamuk
    Nobel Prize for Literature
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Note: Mr. Pamuk's award was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, but has not yet been conferred. The university hopes to host Mr. Pamuk so the award may be conferred in person.

December 2007

  • Dr. Ignacio Ponseti
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Honorary Doctor of Science
  • Marvin Pomerantz
    Philanthropist
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Note: No honorary degrees were conferred from June, 1981 to 2007.

June, 1981

  • Willard (Sandy) Boyd
    President Emeritus of the University of Iowa and Professor of Law
    Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

June 1969

  • Marquis W. Childs
    American journalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient
    Doctor of Letters

June 1968

  • Edward H. Levi
    U.S. Attorney General
    Doctor of Laws

June 1967

  • George H. Gallup
    American public opinion statistician, originator of the Gallup poll
    Doctor of Laws

June 1966

  •  Walter P. Reuther
    American labor union leader
    Doctor of Laws

June 1965

  • W. Willard Wirtz
    U.S. Secretary of Labor
    Doctor of Laws

June  1963

  • Dr. Richard E. Shope
    Physician who discovered the virus associated with the 1918 influenza pandemic
    Doctor of Science
  • Lewis L. Strauss
    American financier and chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission
    Doctor of Laws

April, 1962

  • Earl Warren
    Chief Justice of the United States
    Honorary Doctor of Laws

 

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