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Roger Williams University is proud to recognize the following
2017 Honorary Degree recipients

Dr. Pablo RodriguezDr. Pablo Rodriguez
Chairman, Women & Infants Health Care Alliance
President and CEO, Women’s Care
Doctor of Humanities
Honoris Causa

 

 

Patrice WoodPatrice Wood
Anchor, NBC 10 (WJAR)
Doctor of Communications
Honoris Causa

 

 

Honorary Degree Recipients 1974-2015

2016

Umberto Crenca
Founding Artistic Director, AS220
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honoris Causa

Barnaby Evans
Executive Artistic Director, WaterFire Providence
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honoris Causa

William D. Warner
Architect & Planner
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honoris Causa
(awarded posthumously)

2015

Timothy E. Baxter '83
President, Samsung Electronics America
Honorary Doctor of Business Management

Nathaniel Philbrick
Author and Historian
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland
Chief Justice (Retired), Massachusetts Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Robert B. Mann
Defense Attorney, Mann & Mitchell
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2014

The Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee
74th Governor of the State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer-Prize winning Author and Historian
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Robert M. Barge, Esq.
Executive Director if Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Robert D. Krause
Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Judith S. Kaye
Former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals of Counsel, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2013

Larry Rachleff
Music Director, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

John M. Barry
Author and Historian
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Morris Dees, Esq.
Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Alice B. Gibney
Presiding Justice, Rhode Island Superior Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2012

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
The 64th U.S. Secretary of State
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Trudy Coxe
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

The Honorable Jack B. Weinstein
Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg
Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2011

Denise M. Jenkins
Education Grant Program Officer, The Rhode Island Foundation
Honorary Doctor of Education

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse
United States Senator
Honorary Doctor of Public Administration

The Honorable Robert G. Flanders, Jr.
Partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Retired Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Paul A. Suttell
Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Betty Anne Waters ’98, Esq.
Legal Activist
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2010

William J. Bratton
Chairman, Altegrity Risk International
Honorary Doctor of Justice Studies

The Honorable Diane C. Mederos ’94
Town Administrator – Bristol, R.I.
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

Robert F. Stoico
Founder, The Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED
Charitable Foundation
Honorary Doctor of Business Management

Jan R. Schlichtmann
Plaintiff’s Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

O. Rogeriee Thompson
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2009

Ibrahim Arikan
Chairman, Arikanli Holding
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Joan Countryman
Educator
Honorary Doctor of Education

Jerrold L. Lavine
Chairman and CEO, The Freeman Group, Ltd.
Honorary Doctor of Business Management

The Honorable Jack Reed
United States Senator
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

The Honorable Federico Hernández Denton
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Louise Durfee
Attorney at Law
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Jacob Hagopian
Senior U.S. Magistrate United States District Court
District of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2008

Richard L. Bready
Chairman and CEO, Nortek
Honorary Doctor of Business Management

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Olympic Gold Medalist and Philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Henry Rosovsky, Ph.D.
Economist and Educator
Honorary Doctor of Education

Howard G. Sutton
Publisher, The Providence Journal
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Linda Greenhouse
Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Phillip Rapoza
Chief Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2007

Bobby Farrelly
Screenwriter and Director
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Peter Farrelly
Screenwriter and Director
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

W. Bruce Turner
President and Chief Executive Officer, Gruppo Lottomatica and GTECH
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Richard B. Williams
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Indian College Fund
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Shirley S. Abrahamson
Chief Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Walter R. Stone, Esq.
Senior Partner, Adler Pollack & Sheehan P. C.
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2006

Laura Bush
First Lady, United States of America
Honorary Doctor of Education

James Glenn Dudelson ’72
President & CEO, Taurus Entertainment
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts and Theater

Dean M. Esserman
Colonel, Chief of Police, Providence, RI
Honorary Doctor of Justice Studies and Law

Martha S. N. Livingston
Volunteer and Activist
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Elizabeth E. Meyer
Founder of The International Yacht Restoration School
Honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters

Beverly E. Ledbetter
Vice President and General Counsel, Brown University
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Ernest C. Torres
Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2005

The Honorable José Manuel Durão Barroso
President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Portugal
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Gary Beer ’74
CEO, Smithsonian Business Ventures
Honorary Doctor of Business Management

Gary R. Chapman
Chairman, President and CEO, LIN TV Corp.
Honorary Doctor of Letters

Paula J. Dobriansky, Ph.D.
United States Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Vincent Tese
Director, The Bear Stearns Companies Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Management

Gene L. Booth
Former Director, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Louis H. Pollak
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2004

Ricardo Legorreta
Architect
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Diana N. Rowan

Human Rights and Environmental Activist, Philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service

Marc M. Spiegel
President & CEO, Academic Centers Abroad, LLC
Honorary Doctor of Education

Jack Valenti
Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

W. Richard West, Jr.

Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian;
Advocate for American Indian Issues
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Frank J. Williams
Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2003

Luther H. Blount
Inventor, Shipbuilder, Entrepreneur, Conservationist
Honorary Doctor of Marine Science

Elizabeth Z. Chace
Businesswoman and Philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service

Tony Curtis
Actor
Honorary Doctor of Dramatic Arts

Frank P. Davidson, Esq.
Co-founder of the English Channel Tunnel Study Group
Honorary Doctor of Macro-Engineering and Diplomacy

Joseph V. Vittoria
Chairman, ResortQuest, Inc. and Puradyn Filter Technologies, Inc.
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Avis, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Roscoe C. Howard, Jr.
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Margaret E. Curran
United States Attorney for Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2002

Rear Admiral Barbara E. McGann
Provost, U.S. Naval War College
Honorary Doctor of Education

Cathy Rigby
Olympic Gymnast, Actress
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Frederic Vincent Salerno
Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Verizon Communications
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Mary Tefft “Happy” White
Lifelong Supporter of the Arts, Philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service

The Honorable Bruce M. Selya
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2001

Yogi Berra
Former Major League Baseball Player,
New York Yankees and Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honorary Doctor of Letters

L. Dennis Kozlowski
Chairman & CEO
Tyco International
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

The Honorable Victoria Lederberg
Associate Justice
The Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Paul M. Montrone
Chairman & CEO
Fischer Scientific International, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Science

The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones
Senior Judge
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Robert Brydon Kent
Professor of Law Emeritus
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

2000

Sal Alfiero
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Mark IV Industries
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Ed Cohen ’78
Senior Vice President of Event Bookings and Operations, World Wrestling Federation
Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service

The Honorable Richard Holbrooke
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Kati Marton
International-affairs Journalist and Author
Honorary Doctor of Letters

The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

The Honorable Rya W. Zobel
United States District Judge,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

1999

Kristen A. Avansino
President and Executive Director
E.L. Weigand Foundation
Honorary Doctor of Education

Joseph M. Brito, Sr.
President
Brito Enterprises, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Alan Gerry
Chairman and CEO Granite Associates, L.P.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Rick Pitino
President and Head Coach
The Boston Celtics
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

Patrick J. Purcell
President and Publisher
The Boston Herald
Honorary Doctor of Letters

The Right Rev. Geralyn Wolf
The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

The Honorable Guido Calabresi
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

James P. White
Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association,
Professor of Law, Indiana
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

1998

Dr. Henry Lee
Chief Criminalist and Director of the Connecticut State Police
Forensic Science Laboratory
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Anthony Quinn
Actor, Artist, Author
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Antonio (Tony) Tavares ’72
President, Anaheim Sports, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

C. Robertson Trowbridge
President Emeritus and Chairman, Yankee Publishing, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

The Honorable Juan R. Torruella,
Chief Judge, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

1997

J. Vincent Camuto
CEO, Nine West Group, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Management

Leon G. Cooperman
Chairman, Omega Advisors, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Finance

Alan Shawn Feinstein
Founder, The Feinstein Foundation
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

Louis Rukeyser
Host of Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, PBS
Honorary Doctor of Finance

The Honorable Joseph R. Weisberger ’94H
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

1996

The Honorable Edward Irving Koch
Former Mayor, City of New York
Honorary Doctor of Public Administration

Cesar Pelli, FAIA
President, Cesar Pelli and Associates Architects
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Richard G. Huber
Distinguished Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

The Honorable Anthony McLeod Kennedy
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Honorary Doctor of Laws (School of Law)

1995

Nicholas A. Buoniconti
Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO, Columbia Laboratories
Honorary Doctor of Humanitarian Service

Lee Grant
Actress
Honorary Doctor of Arts in Theatre

Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman
Rabbi, Temple Beth-El
Honorary Doctor of Religious Studies

Marieluise Hessel
Investment Manager, Family Trust
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Jack Palance
Actor
Honorary Doctor of Dramatic Arts

1994

Lawrence K. Fish
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Finance

Allan D. Gilmour
Vice Chairman, Ford Motor Company
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Richard A. Hayward
Chairman, Mashantucket Pequot
Tribal Council
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Anne Szostak
Senior Vice President,
Fleet Financial Group
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Robert F. Tasca, Sr.
President, Tasca Lincoln-Mercury, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Commerce

1993

Vartan Gregorian
President, Brown University
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Stephen Hamblett
Chairman of the Board,
Publisher and CEO, The Providence Journal Company
Honorary Doctor of Journalism

Alan G. Hassenfeld
Chairman and CEO, Hasbro, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business

Donald F. Shea, Hon.
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

1992

Mario J. Gabelli
Chairman, The Gabelli Group, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business

David E. Henderson
Chairman, President and CEO, Outlet Communications, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Communications (posthumously)

Fiorindo A. Simeone, M.D.

Professor Emeritus of Biological and
Medical Science, Brown University;
Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Miriam Hospital
Honorary Doctor of Science (posthumously)

The Honorable Joseph R. Weisberger
Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

1991

The Honorable Francis J. Boyle
Chief Judge, United States District Court for District of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Faith Daniels
News Anchor, NBC-TV Today Program;
Host, A Closer Look
Honorary Doctor of Journalism

Paul M. Rudolph, FAIA
Architect, Teacher, Author
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

1990

The Honorable Thomas F. Fay
Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Henry Kates
President, Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Lillian Koffler
Philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Community Service

1989

Bradford R. Boss
Chairman and CEO,
A.T. Cross Company
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Albert M. Grass
President and Chief Engineer, Grass Instrument Company
Honorary Doctor of Science

Charles J. Kelley
Founder and Chairman, Braintree Hospital
Honorary Doctor of Public Health

Thomas H. Lee
President, Thomas H. Lee Company
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

The Honorable Paul F. Murray
Retired United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

John C. Quinn
Executive Vice President/News,
Gannett Co., Inc.; Retired Editor, USA Today
Honorary Doctor of Journalism

Lois A. Rizzini
Wife of the President of Roger Williams College
Honorary Bachelor of Science

1988

Paul J. Choquette, Jr.
President, Gilbane Building Company;
Chairman of the Board of Gilbane
Properties, Inc.; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Beverly F. Dolan
Chairman, President, CEO and Director, Textron Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Carl Franzblau
Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, Boston University
School of Medicine
Honorary Doctor of Science

John McLaughlin
Television Broadcaster; Washington Editor, National Review
Honorary Doctor of Political Science

William T. O’Hara
President, Bryant College
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

James R. Winoker
President, B.B. Greenberg Company
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

1987

Joseph E. Cannon, M.D.

Retired Director of Health,
Rhode Island Department of Health
Honorary Doctor of Public Health

Donald E. Creamer

Chairman, WCRS/North America; Partner, Creamer Trowbridge Company
Honorary Doctor of Community Service

Robert H. Eder

Chairman and CEO, Providence and Worcester Railroad Company; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Stephen D. Hassenfeld

Chairman and CEO, Hasbro Bradley, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Alvin E. Poussaint, M.D.

Author; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and The Children’s Hospital
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

1986

William Spencer Crooks

Artist, Teacher

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Henry William Fazzano

Retired Executive Vice President, Imperial Knife Associated Companies; Former Executive Director, Port

Authority, City of Providence

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

E. G. Marshall

Actor
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Eleanor Marie McMahon

Commissioner of Higher Education,

State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Education

Joseph Edward Murray, M.D.

Chief of Plastic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Medical Center (Boston); Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Honorary Doctor of Science

Dennis Joseph Roberts, Hon.

Former Governor, State of Rhode Island;

Former Mayor, City of Providence; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Laws

1985

Sarah B. Caldwell

Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor, The Opera Company of Boston
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

The Honorable Edward Daniel DiPrete

Governor, State of Rhode Island;

Former Mayor, City of Cranston
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Irving Raskin Levine

Economic Affairs Correspondent,
NBC News; Author
Honorary Doctor of Journalism

Ralph Raymond Papitto

Founder, Chairman, CEO and Director,
Nortek, Inc. (1967-1990); Chairman, Monogram Industries, Inc.; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Roger Williams College

Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Thomas Reginald Peterson, O.P.

Former President of Providence College
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Howard R. Swearer

President, Brown University;
Former President, Carleton College
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Robert Willner

Retired President of RJ Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

1984

Thomas Ross DiLuglio

Former Lieutenant Governor,
State of Rhode Island; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Public Administration

The Honorable Alfred Hahn Joslin
Retired Associate Justice,
Supreme Court, State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Juridical Science

The Honorable Frank Licht,

Former Governor, State of Rhode Island; Former State Senator; Former Justice, Superior Court, State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

The Honorable William E. Powers

Retired Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island; Former Attorney General, State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable Juanita Kidd Stout,

Justice, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Author
Honorary Doctor of Laws

1983

Harry Kizirian

Former Postmaster, Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

J. Terrence Murray

Chairman, President and CEO,
Fleet Financial Group, Inc. and Fleet National Bank
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

William P. Robinson

Retired Commissioner of Education, State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Education

Maurice Sendak

Illustrator, Author, Costume and Set Designer
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Paul Charles Zamecnik, M.D.

Principal Scientist, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology

Honorary Doctor of Science

1982

Adrian Hall

Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company and Dallas Theatre Center
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

The Most Reverend Humberto Cardinal Medeiros

Former Archbishop of Boston
and Former Bishop of Brownsville, Texas
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Alice Winthrop DeWolf Pardee

Author, Poet, Playwright,
Co-founder of the Bristol Art Museum
Honorary Doctor of Literature

The Honorable Edward D. Re

Chief Judge, United States Court of International Trade; Professor, Saint John’s University School of Law; Author
Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable John J. Sirica

Senior Judge, United States District

Court for the District of Columbia; Former Chief Judge
Honorary Doctor of Laws

John C.A. Watkins

Retired Publisher, Chairman, CEO and Editor,

The Providence Journal Company
Honorary Doctor of Journalism

1981

Anabela Maria Mourato Cardoso

Former Consul of Portugal to Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

Albert E. Carlotti

Chairman, Board of Regents for Education,

State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Education

Rodolph-Louis Hebert

Retired, Philosophy Faculty Member,

Roger Williams College
Honorary Doctor of Education

Ralph Arthur Martin

Vice President, Raytheon Company
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

The Honorable Fernand J. St. Germain

Representative to the United States Congress,

First District, Rhode Island; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

1980

Joseph L. Lennon, O.P.

Vice President for Community Affairs,

Providence College
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

William B. Macomber

Former Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); Former United States Ambassador to Jordan;

Former United States Ambassador to Turkey; Attorney; Author
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

The Honorable Raymond J. Pettine

Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable Bruce G. Sundlun

Governor, State of Rhode Island;

Chairman and CEO, Outlet Communications, Inc.; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Edwin F. Wilde

Former Dean of the College
Honorary Doctor of Education

1979

Pierre Marie Galletti, M.D.

Vice President, Biology and Medicine, Brown University
Honorary Doctor of Science

The Honorable Corinne P. Grande

Associate Justice, Superior Court, State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Sol Koffler

Retired Chairman of the Board and CEO, American Tourister
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Edward B. Martin

Retired Superintendent of Schools, City of East Providence
Honorary Doctor of Education

Harold Payson, Jr.

Retired Captain, United States Navy; Former Ombudsman and Science Faculty Member, Roger Williams College
Honorary Doctor of Education

The Honorable John Anthony Volpe,

Former Governor, State of Massachusetts;

Retired United States Ambassador to Italy;

Former United States Secretary of Transportation
Honorary Doctor of Political Arts and Science

1978

Eli Aaron Bohnen, Rabbi

Retired Rabbi, Temple Emanu-el

(Providence, Rhode Island)
Honorary Doctor of Divinity

John Carter Brown

Director, National Gallery of Art

(Washington, DC)
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Michael Ellis Debakey, M.D.

Former President, Chairman of the Department and Professor, Baylor University College of Medicine
Honorary Doctor of Science

Antoinette Forrester Downing

Architectural Historian,

Historic Preservationist; Author
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

William F. Flanagan

Retired President, Rhode Island
Junior College (Community College of Rhode Island)
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Barbara A. Franklin

Former Executive Secretary to the President and to the Board of Trustees, Roger Williams College
Honorary Bachelor of Science

Michael A. Gammino, Jr.

Former Chairman of the Board and President, Columbus National Bank of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

The Honorable J. Joseph Garrahy

Former Governor, State of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Laws

1977

Rose Butler Browne

Educator and Author
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

The Honorable John H. Chafee

United States Senator; Former United States Secretary of the Navy; Former Governor of Rhode Island; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Nancy Bradford D’Wolf

Executive Director, Easter Seal Society of Rhode Island, Inc./Meeting Street School; Registered Physical Therapist

Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Lucille McKillop, R.S.M.

President, Salve Regina College
Honorary Doctor of Education

Ethel Barrymore Colt Miglietta

Actress and Singer
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts

Felix A. Mirando

Co-founder and Retired Chairman of the Board, Imperial Knife Company, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Business Administration

Ada L. Sawyer

Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Michael S. Van Leesten

Former Executive Director, Opportunities Industrialization Center of Rhode Island, Inc.
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

Mabel E. Wade

Columnist and Former Editor,

The Providence Journal-Bulletin
Honorary Doctor of Letters

1976

Vincent Albert Cianci, Jr.

Former Mayor, City of Providence;

Attorney; Broadcaster
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Malcolm Mark Donahue

Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable Cyril Emmanuel King

Former Governor of the United States Virgin Islands

Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable Florence Kerins Murray

Associate Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws

William H. Rizzini

Former President, Roger Williams College
Honorary Doctor of Education

Harold Wayne Schaughency

Former President, Roger Williams (Junior) College
Honorary Doctor of Education

Stansfield Turner

Retired Admiral, United States Navy;
Former Director, United States Central Intelligence Agency; Former President, United States Naval War College; Author
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

1975

Reverend Frederick Hesley Belden

Retired Bishop (Episcopal) of Rhode Island
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

James J. Doyle

Former Editor of the Editorial Pages, The Providence Journal
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Paul Abraham Freund

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Author Honorary Doctor of Laws

Roberta Meade Kellogg

Roger Williams College
Honorary Doctor of Education

Frank Barry Maher

Former President, John Hancock
Mutual Life Insurance Company
Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable Claiborne de Borda Pell

United States Senator
Honorary Doctor of Laws

1974

The Most Reverend Louis Edward Gelineau

Bishop (Roman Catholic) of Providence
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

J. Hartwell Harrison, M.D.

Former Chief of Urology,

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital;

Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Honorary Doctor of Science

The Honorable John O. Pastore

Former United States Senator; Former Governor, State of Rhode Island; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Laws

The Honorable Thomas H. Roberts

Former Chief Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court
Honorary Doctor of Laws

Joseph Harold Gosling Way

Former Ombudsman and Faculty Member,

Roger Williams College; Attorney
Honorary Doctor of Laws