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May 5, 2005

Purdue to award 19 honorary degrees in commencement ceremonies

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue will award 19 honorary doctoral degrees this month during commencement ceremonies at the university's West Lafayette and Fort Wayne campuses.

Eighteen honorees will be recognized at West Lafayette during four commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 14-15 at the Elliott Hall of Music. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will award an honorary doctorate during its May 11 commencement.

The 2005 recipients at the West Lafayette campus will be:

Robert V. Adams, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., chairman of Adams Capital Management. His doctor of engineering degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Sunday (May 15).

Ali S. Argon, Belmont, Mass., professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctor of engineering degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Sunday (May 15).

Endre A. Balazs, Fort Lee, N.J., Malcolm P. Aldrich Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Opthalmology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

Gordon M. Binder, Los Angeles, venture capitalist with Coastview Capital LLC. His doctor of engineering degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Sunday (May 15).

Ronald P. Cantrell, Bastrop, Texas, former director general of the International Rice Research Institute. His doctor of agriculture degree will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (May 15).

Arnold C. Cooper, West Lafayette, Louis A. Weil Jr. Professor of Management at Purdue. His doctor of management degree will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (May 14).

Leroy Davis, Orangeburg, S.C., former president of South Carolina State University. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

W. Ron DeHaven, Crofton, Md., administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Sunday (May 15).

Joe W. Forehand, Irving, Texas, chairman of the board and former CEO of Accenture. His doctor of management degree will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (May 14).

Joe S. Hatfield, Baldwin, Ga., chairman and CEO of Fieldale Farms Corp. His doctor of agriculture degree will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (May 15).

L. David Mech, St. Paul, Minn., adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Behavioral Biology and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Minnesota and a senior research scientist with the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. His doctor of agriculture degree will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (May 15).

Albert W. Overhauser, West Lafayette, Ind., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics at Purdue. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

Dr. Munro Peacock, Indianapolis, director of the General Clinical Research Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

Catherine S. Pierce, New York, former officer and regional director for the United Nations. Her doctor of letters degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

James D. Raisbeck, Seattle, CEO of Raisbeck Engineering Inc. and Raisbeck Commercial Air Group Inc. His doctor of engineering degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Sunday (May 15).

David O. Siegmund, Stanford, Calif., John D. and Sigrid Banks Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

Dr. John A. Smith, Birmingham, Ala., professor of pathology and director of the Division of Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology, clinical professor in the School of Health Related Professions, senior scholar at the Lister Hill Center for Public Policy and senior scientist at the Center for Health Promotion at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His doctor of science degree will be awarded at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (May 14).

Peggy Wild, Indianapolis, state specialist in family and consumer sciences education in the Indiana Department of Education's Office of Career and Vocational Services. Her doctor of letters degree will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. Sunday (May 15).

The 2005 honorary degree recipient at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus will be:

Richard D. Waterfield, Fort Wayne, Ind., president and CEO of Waterfield Mortgage Company. His doctor of management degree will be awarded at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 11) at Fort Wayne's Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Center.

Writer: Aaron Martin, (765) 496-3133, martinac@purdue.edu

Source: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects at Purdue, (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu

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