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David McCullough to deliver undergraduate commencement address June 12

ATHENS, Ohio (March 10, 2004) -- David McCullough, recognized narrative historian, will deliver Ohio University's undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, June 12, at the 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ceremonies.

David McCulloughMcCullough is the author of "John Adams," a highly acclaimed biography of the second president of the United States that won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2002.

McCullough, who majored in English literature at Yale, began his career as a magazine writer, but turned to history after reading some uninspired accounts of the disastrous 1889 flood of Johnstown, Pa. He wrote his own history of the flood and its aftermath and went on to chronicle two great achievements in engineering: The building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the creation of the Panama Canal. Both "The Great Bridge" and "The Path Between the Seas" were bestsellers, and the latter won a National Book Award.

His other historical works include "Mornings on Horseback" (1981), about the young Theodore Roosevelt; "Brave Companions" (1992), essays on heroic figures past and present; and "Truman" (1992), which also won a Pulitzer Prize.

In addition to his work as a writer, McCullough has hosted the public television shows "Smithsonian World" and "The American Experience" and narrated Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War."

McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1933. He currently lives with his wife, Rosalee, in West Tisbury, Mass. They have five children.

Morgan L. Vis, associate professor of environmental and plant biology, will address the graduate commencement ceremony Friday, June 11, at 10 a.m. The College of Osteopathic Medicine will present Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m.

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