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University of Connecticut Commencement & Convocation

Honorary Degree Recipients - 1980s


Harry Jack Gray, former chairman, chief executive officer and president, United Technologies - Doctor of Laws

Robert Motherwell, artist - Doctor of Fine Arts

Frank Press, president, National Academy of Science - Doctor of Science

Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, author and historian - Doctor of Letters


Victor Borge, musician and comedian - Doctor of Fine Arts

Malcolm Cowley, author and critic - Doctor of Letters

John H. Filer, chairman and chief executsive officer, Aetna Life & Casualty - Doctor of Humane Letters

Clifton R. Wharton, Jr , chancellor, State University of New York System - Doctor of Humane Letters


John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke professor of history, Duke University - Doctor of Letters

John F. Welch, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, General Electric - Doctor of Humane Letters


Isaac B. Singer, author - Doctor of Letters

John J. Driscoll, president, Connecticut State AFL-CIO - Doctor of Laws

Virgil Thompson, composer and author - Doctor of Letters

Charles H. Kaman, founder and chairman, Kaman Corporation - Doctor of Laws

Howard Green, M.D., Harvard Medical School - Doctor of Science


Ray Bolger, actor and humanitarian - Doctor of Fine Arts

Rafael Caldera, Venezuelan statesman - Doctor of Humane Letters

Jozef A. Gierowski, president, Jagiellonian University, Poland - Doctor of Humane Letters


Marian Anderson, contralto - Doctor of Letters

Roger Tory Petersonm author and illustrator - Doctor of Science

Stanley Popiel, humanitarian and founder, Mystic Color Lab - Doctor of Humane Letters

Charles S. Robb, former governor, Virginia - Doctor of Laws

Gladys Tantaquidgeon, anthropologist - Doctor of Letters

Susan Saint James, actress - Doctor of Fine Arts


Nicolaas Bloembergen, physicist - Doctor of Science Physicist

Dorothy C. Goodwin, former state legislator and UConn administrator - Doctor of Laws

Denis F. Mullane, chairman and chief executive officer, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance - Doctor of Humane Letters

Ann Petry, scholar and author - Doctor of Letters

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate, author, and humanitarian - Doctor of Letters


James F. McNally, chairman and chief executive officer, Connecticut Bank & Trust - Doctor of Laws

John A. Wheeler, Ashbel Smith and Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin - Doctor of Science


Information on the History of Commencement pages was researched and compiled by Mark J. Roy