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University of Connecticut Commencement & Convocation

Honorary Degree Recipients - 1990s

1990

Franklin Chang-Diaz, astronaut, UConn graduate - Doctor of Science

Constance Baker Motley, chief judge, Retired, U.S. District Court, South District of New York - Doctor of Laws

Thomas F. Melady, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican - Doctor of Laws

Edward H. Budd, chairman, chief executive officer, president, Travelers Corp. - Doctor of Laws

Maurice Sendak, author, illustrator - Doctor of Fine Arts

1991

Árpád Göncz, president, The Republic of Hungary - Doctor of Laws

Fred Rogers, television producer, performer - Doctor of Letters

James Comer, professor, Yale University - Doctor of Laws

Harold Seidman, professor emeritus, UConn - Doctor of Laws

1992

Alice Cook, labor educator, activist, ombudsman, Cornell University - Doctor of Laws

Robin Morgan, journalist, editor - Doctor of Humane Letters

Ellen A. Peters, chief justice, Connecticut Supreme Court - Doctor of Laws

Mildred Spiewak Dresselhaus, scientist - Doctor of Science

1993

Samuel Birnbaum, businessman, philanthropist - Doctor of Humane Letters

T. Emmet Clarie, judge (retired), U.S. District Court for Connecticut - Doctor of Laws

Harry A. Gampel, real estate developer, philanthropist, UConn graduate - Doctor of Laws

Ronald W. Howard, actor, director, producer - Doctor of Fine Arts

W. Randall Pinkston, news correspondent, journalist - Doctor of Humane Letters

Peter H. Raven, conservation biologist, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden - Doctor of Science

Torsten N. Wiesel, Nobel laureate, president of The Rockefeller University - Doctor of Science

1994

H. E. Abdou Diouf, president, Republic of Senegal - Doctor of Laws

Phillip I. Blumberg, dean, professor of law emeritus, UConn - Doctor of Laws

Ronald E. Compton, chairman, chief executive officer, president, Aetna Life & Casualty Co. - Doctor of Humane Letters

Kevin V. Dowling, surgeon, UConn trustee - Doctor of Humane Letters

Sylvia A. Earle, marine biologist, environmentalist - Doctor of Science

Anthony S. Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, NIH - Doctor of Science

Peter Guber, chairman, chief executive officer, Sony Picture Entertainment - Doctor of Humane Fine Arts

Richard A. Hayward, chairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council - Doctor of Humane Letters

Alice Murray Heilig, community steward, philanthropist - Doctor of Humane Letters

Charles Heilig, community steward, philanthropist - Doctor of Humane Letters

Edith W. Martin Doctor of Science, vice president, chief information office, Intelsat

Chang-Lin Tien, chancellor, University of California, Berkeley - Doctor of Science

1995

Betty Allen, educator, opera singer - Doctor of Fine Arts

Michael Bolton, singer, songwriter, philanthropist - Doctor of Fine Arts

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., chief judge emeritus, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Third Circuit - Doctor of Laws

Julie Harris, stage and screen actress - Doctor of Fine Arts

Thomas M. Sutherland, former Dean, American University, Beirut, Lebanon - Doctor of Science

Edward O. Wilson, educator, biologist - Doctor of Science

William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd president, United States of America - Doctor of Humane Letters

1996

Barbara Chase-Riboud, author, sculptor - Doctor of Letters

Sanford Cloud Jr., president, chief executive officer, The National Conference - Doctor of Humane Letters

Quincy Jones, composer, conductor, producer - Doctor of Fine Arts

Simon Konover, philanthropist, chairman, Konover & Associates - Doctor of Humane Letters

Patrick A. McKeown, professor emeritus, Cranfield University - Doctor of Science

Helen Waichen Rogow, community steward, philanthropist - Doctor of Humane Letters

Laurel T. Ulrich, author, professor, Harvard University - Doctor of Letters

Frances M Visco, president, National Breast Cancer Coalition - Doctor of Humane Letters

1997

Aaron Feuerstein, president, chief executive officer, Malden Mills - Doctor of Humane Letters

Robert W. Fiondella, chair, president, chief executive officer, Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance Co. - Doctor of Humane Letters

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., producer, director, chief executive officer, The Samuel Goldwyn Co. - Doctor of Fine Arts

Norman Hascoe, president, chief executive officer, Hascoe Associates, Inc. - Doctor of Science

David M. Lee, physicist, UConn graduate - Doctor of Science

Alvin M. Liberman, professor emeritus of psychology, UConn - Doctor of Science

Rex Nettleford, deputy vice chancellor, The University of the West Indies - Doctor of Letters

Antonia Pantoja, executive director, Producir, Inc. - Doctor of Letters

William C. Steere Jr., chairman, chief executive officer, Pfizer, Inc. - Doctor of Science

1998

George H. W. Bush, 41st president, United States of America - Doctor of Laws

José Cabranes, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit - Doctor of Laws

Alphonse Chapanis, psychologist, educator, ergonomist - Doctor of Science

Frank McCourt, author, dramatist and teacher - Doctor of Letters

Jack Paar, television host and author - Doctor of Fine Arts

Beverly Sackler, humanitarian and philanthropist - Doctor of Humane Letters

Raymond R. Sackler, humanitarian and philanthropist - Doctor of Humane Letters

Varro E. Tyler, pharmacognocist and educator, UConn graduate - Doctor of Science

1999

Noam Chomsky, professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Doctor of Letters

Tomie dePaola, author and illustrator - Doctor of Fine Arts

Harry T. Edwards, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia - Doctor of Laws

David McCullough, historian and biographer - Doctor of Letters

Frank D. Rich, philanthropist, business leader, former UConn trustee - Doctor of Laws

Harold C. Slavkin, director, National Institute of Dental Research - Doctor of Science

 

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