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Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Below is a listing of honorary doctorates awarded by Ohio University, arranged by year.

  1. 1925

    Jacob Grant Collicott, Doctor of Laws
    Harry Emerson Fosdick, Doctor of Sacred Theology

  2. 1927

    Charles Edward Skinner, Doctor of Science
    Daniel Willard, Doctor of Laws

  3. 1928

    John Steward Bryan, Doctor of Laws
    Albert Leonard, Doctor of Education

  4. 1929

    Henry Clyde Shertone, Master of Arts

  5. 1930

    Myers Y. Cooper, Doctor of Laws

  6. 1931

    Louis Rudolph de Steiguer, Doctor of Laws

  7. 1932

    William Lowe Bryan, Doctor of Humane Letters 
    Earnest Brown Skinner, Doctor of Laws

     

  8. 1933

    Frank Pierpont Graves, Doctor of Laws

  9. 1934

    Clinton Poston Biddle, Doctor of Laws
    Luther Allan Weigle, Doctor of Sacred Theology

  10. 1954

    William E. Alderman, Doctor of Laws
    Arthur A. Brainerd, Doctor of Engineering
    Benjamin F. Fairless, Doctor of Laws
    Fredia M. Gillilan, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Frank J. Lausche, Doctor of Laws
    Jay Arthur Myers, Doctor of Laws
    Ralph W. Sockman, Doctor of Laws
    John Theodorakopoulos, Doctor of Laws
    Ernst von Dohnanyi, Doctor of Music

  11. 1957

    John W. Galbreath, Doctor of Laws
    C. W. O'Neill, Doctor of Laws
    Hiram Roy Wilson, Doctor of Letters

  12. 1958

    Dag Hammarskjold, Doctor of Laws

  13. 1961

    John C. Baker, Doctor of Humane Letters; Founders Citation
    Governor Michael DiSalle, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Walter S. Gamertsfelder, Doctor of Laws
    Dr. J. W. Morgan, Curator of Chemical Literature

  14. 1962

    The Reverand Arvid Willard Alden, Doctor of Divinity
    Donald Kirk David, Doctor of Humane Letters
    George Frederic Doriot, Doctor of Laws
    Barnaby Conrad Kenney, Doctor of Humane Letters
    James Alfred Perkins, Doctor of Humane Letters

  15. 1964

    Robert S. McNamara, Doctor of Humane Letters

  16. 1965

    Pauline Frederick, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Fred Howe Johnson, Doctor of Laws
    Yousuf Karsch, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Edwin L. Kennedy, Doctor of Laws

  17. 1966

    Dr. Charles Ephriam Burchfield, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Dr. Starke R. Hathaway, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Wayne L. Hays, Doctor of Laws

  18. 1967

    Dr. C. Frederick Kittle, Doctor of Laws
    James Allen Rhodes, Doctor of Laws
    Eldon T. Smith, Doctor of Humane Letters

  19. 1968

    Dr. Ishaya S. Audu, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Oscar Cargill, Doctor of Humane Letters
    William H. Fenzel, Doctor of Humane Letters
    John Gardner, Doctor of Laws
    Richard L. Krabach, Doctor of Public Finance
    Dr. Franklin D. Murphy, Doctor of Humane Letters

  20. 1969

    Vernon R. Alden, Doctor of Letters
    John A. Hannah, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Granville, Hicks, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Marjorie Lawrence, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Henry Viscardi, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters

  21. 1970

    Martin Walker Essex, Doctor of Laws
    Joseph B. Hall, Doctor of Laws
    Barton A. Holl, Sr., Doctor of Laws
    Paul M. Kendall, Doctor of Humane Letters

  22. 1971

    Warren Holmes Corning, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Earl C. Seigred, Doctor of Humane Letters
    George W. Stacher, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Calvin William Verity, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters

  23. 1972

    Lester D. Crow, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Paul Ricoeur, Doctor of Humane Letters

  24. 1973

    Arshad Ayub, Doctor of Laws
    Elmer Jagoq, Doctor of Laws
    Rowena Sprout, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Frank Stanton, Doctor of Mass Communication

  25. 1974

    John Martin, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Jerome Robbins, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Cornelius J. Ryan, Doctor of Humane Letters
    C. Paul Stocker, Doctor of Engineering

  26. 1975

    Andrew Alford, Doctor of Applied Science
    James Warren McClure, Doctor of Mass Communication
    Kohei Miura, Doctor of Engineering, Science Education (posthumous)
    Fritz J. Russ, Doctor of Engineering

  27. 1958

    Dean W. Jeffers, Doctor of Laws
    Helen M. Robinson Jobe, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Dwight H. Rutherford, Doctor of Laws
    Jacqueline G. Wexler, Doctor of Humane Letters

  28. 1977

    Sidney Alexander, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Stephen H. Fuller, Doctor of Laws
    Ariel C. Hollinshead, Doctor of Science
    Vernal G. Riffe, Jr., Doctor of Laws
    Jesse Hilton Stuart, Doctor of Humane Letters

  29. 1978

    Richard W. Eddy, Doctor of Laws
    Jeanette G. Grasselli, Doctor of Science
    Eugene F. Rinta, Doctor of Laws

  30. 1979

    Elizabeth Evans Baker, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Lillian Gordy Cater, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Richard E. Leakey, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Oliver Ocasek, Doctor of Laws
    President Kazuo Yamada, Doctor of Laws (President of Chubu Univ.)

  31. 1980

    John S. Denslow, Doctor of Science
    Malcolm S. Forbes, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Patricia R. Harris, Doctor of Laws
    Dato Musa Hitam, Doctor of Public Service (Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia)
    Wilfred R. Konneker, Doctor of Laws

  32. 1981

    John Janeway Conger, Doctor of Science
    Philip Handler, Doctor of Science
    Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
    Tun Hussein bin Onn, Doctor of Laws and Public Service (Prime Minister of Malaysia)
    Senator George V. Voinovich, Doctor of Laws

  33. 1982

    Marsetio Donosepoetro, Doctor of Science
    Herbert A. Einhorn, Doctor of Laws
    John H. McConnell, Doctor of Laws
    Lee M. Rich, Doctor of Communication
    Van Gordon Sauter, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Charles E. Scripps, Doctor of Communication
    Sol Taishoff, Doctor of Communication
    John Derfel Turner, Doctor of Laws

  34. 1983

    Alton W. Whitehouse, Jr., Doctor of Laws

  35. 1984

    John Herbert Beeler, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Philip Caldwell, Doctor of Laws
    Demetrios Coucouzis, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Charles E. Glover, Doctor of Laws
    Sydney Gruson, Doctor of Humane Letters
    His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Doctor of Humane Letters (Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archidocese of North and South America)
    Senator Harry Meshel, Doctor of Laws

  36. 1985

    Governor Richard F. Celeste, Doctor of Laws
    Warren G. French, Doctor of Humane Letters
    James William Fulbright, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Hsino Kao, Doctor of Science
    Cruse W. Moss, Doctor of Laws
    Corwin W. Nixon, Doctor of Laws
    Ralph E. Schey, Doctor of Laws

  37. 1986

    Kathleen Battle, Doctor of Music
    Daniel J. Boorstin, Doctor of Letters
    Murray Goldstein, Doctor of Science
    Robert Hartford, Doctor of Laws
    Thomas Tlou, Doctor of Laws
    Peter V. Ueberroth, Doctor of Laws

  38. 1987

    Glenn H. Brown, Doctor of Science
    Paul E. Gillmor, Doctor of Laws
    Donald J. Pease, Doctor of Laws

  39. 1988

    Robert E. Holmes, Doctor of Laws
    Loret Miller Ruppe, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Helen Suzman, (No specific degree listed in records)
    Chen-Ku Wang, Doctor of Laws
    Elie Wiesel, Doctor of Humane Letters

  40. 1989

    Roger E. Ailes, Doctor of Communication
    Carol C. Harter, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Paul Kennedy, Doctor of Laws
    Dr. Q. K. J. Masire, Doctor of Humane Letters

  41. 1990

    William G. Anderson, Doctor of Humane Letters
    William B. Coulter, Doctor of Humane Letters
    His Royal Highness Tunku Ja'afar Ibni Al-Marhum, Doctor of Law (Sultan of Malaysia)
    J. Bill McCutcheon, Doctor of Theater
    Eudora A. Welty, Doctor of Literature

  42. 1991

    Dato Haji Ani bin Arope, Doctor of Laws
    Foster Harmon, Doctor of Fine Arts

  43. 1992

    Stanley J. Aronoff, Doctor of Humane Letters
    The Right Reverend William G. Black, Doctor of Humane Letters
    James Bruning, Doctor of Humane Letters
    N. Scott Momaday, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Gertrude F. Rempfer, Doctor of Science
    K. Wayne Smith, Doctor of Laws

  44. 1993

    Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Doctor of Fine Arts
    You-Bao Shao, Doctor of Laws
    William J. Holmes, Doctor of Laws
    Clarence E. Page, Doctor of Letters

  45. 1994

    Ernest L. Boyer, Doctor of Laws
    Mary Pallay Covell, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Alan E. Riedel, Doctor of Laws
    Claire Oates Ping, Doctor of Humane Letters

  46. 1995

    Jenny Holzer, Doctor of Arts

  47. 1996

    Edward O. Wilson, Doctor of Science
    Richard H. Brown, Doctor of Laws

  48. 1997

    Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Frederick Harris, Doctor of Fine Arts
    Robert D. Walter, Doctor of Business
    Sally Aw Sian, Doctor of Mass Communication

  49. 1998

    Terry Anderson, Doctor of Humane Letters
    John C. Angus, Doctor of Science
    Speaker Newt Gingrich, Doctor of Public Service
    Daniel Kung-Chuen Shao, Doctor of Laws
    James J. Whalen, Doctor of Laws

  50. 1999

    His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Doctor of Laws (The Ninth Monarch of Thailand)
    Benny Ray Bailey, Doctor of Public Service
    Leon Harris, Doctor of Mass Communication
    Pedro Miguel Lamport, Doctor of Public Service
    Murray Louis, Doctor of Performing Arts

  51. 2000

    Helena Thomas, Doctor of Communication

  52. 2001

    Sang-Hoon Bang, Doctor of Mass Communication
    Leona Hughes, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Thomas Mapfumo, Doctor of Music

  53. 2002

    Robert P. Axline, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
    David C. Wilhelm, Doctor of Public Service

  54. 2003

    Martin L. Hecht, Jr., Doctor of Laws
    Donald E. Osterbrock, Doctor of Science
    Beth K. Stocker, Doctor of Humane Letters
    Martin Savidge, Doctor of Mass Communications

  55. 2004

    N. Victor Goodman, Doctor of Public Service
    Riste Gusterov, Doctor of Laws
    David McCullough, Doctor of Humane Letters

  56. 2005

    Arlene "Phoebe" Beasley, Doctor of Fine Arts
    Charles R. Stuckey, Jr., Doctor of Engineering

  57. 2006

    Carl E. Heiles, Ph.D., Doctor of Science
    Sadanand Singh, Ph.D., Doctor of Laws
    Brian Unger, B.S.C., Doctor of Communication
    Charles M. Vest, Ph.D., Doctor of Science

  58. 2007

    Kao Kim Hourn, Ph.D., Doctor of Public Service
    Jennie S. Hwang, Ph.D., Doctor of Science
    Thanu Kulachol, Ph.D., Doctor of Humane Letters
    John Light, Ph.D., Doctor of Laws
    Chief Ken Nnamani, Doctor of Laws

  59. 2008

    Peter King, Doctor of Communication
    John S. Mattox, Doctor of Public Service

  60. 2009

    Herman Leonard, Doctor of Fine Arts
    Paul Dutton Grannis, Ph.D., Doctor of Science
    Judy Clabes, Doctor of Communications

  61. 2012

    Michael E. Jackson, Lt., Col., USAF (Ret), Doctor of Public Service
    Hwa-Wei Lee, Ph.D., Doctor of Letters

  62. 2013

    Paul Schullery, Doctor of Literature
    Dr. Thomas J. Meyer, Doctor of Chemistry

  63. 2016

    Ms. Cheryl Hurley, (No specific degree listed in record)

  64. 2018

    Recipients Forthcoming

 

 

 

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