Honorary Degree Recipients

The following friends of Florida Institute of Technology have been conferred honorary doctor of science degrees beginning in 1962 to the present. Shown is a partial list of honorees.

Adams, Tom

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1962

According to Dr. Gordon Patterson, Tom Adams was “the first public official to recognize the importance of Brevard Engineering College and, in the 1950s and 1960s, the university’s first advocate.” Adams was elected to the state senate in 1956. He was elected secretary of state in 1960. When Florida Tech was threatened by powerful adversaries, Adams stepped forward. In 1964, Tom Adams secured the name, ‘Florida Institute of Technology’ for the university. In the years from 1960 to 1991 Adams served Florida Tech in a number of roles, from Board of Trustees member to Vice President of University advancement.

Ashler, Philip E.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1969

Served as treasurer for the state of Florida. Ashler also served as commerce secretary and spent five years in the state House before being named vice chancellor of the state university system in 1968. He ran for the House after reaching the rank of rear admiral during a 20-year career in the Navy, during which he participated in the invasions of Normandy and Iwo Jima.

Bisplinghoff, Raymond L.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1984

Mr. Bisplinghoff was head of the astronautics and aeronautics department at M.I.T. from 1966-1968.  He then served as dean of the school of engineering at M.I.T. from 1968-1971.

Bridges, Roy, Jr.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 2003

Roy D. Bridges Jr. was the director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center 1997 to 2003. He then assumed the position of director at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Bridges is a retired U.S. Air Force Major General who held many key space-related roles during his career. Prior to his last USAF assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he was the commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He also was commander, Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; and commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. As a NASA Astronaut, he piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-51F in July 1985. Most recently, he was awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award.

Burns, Arthur F.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1976

Arthur Burns was an American economist. He served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1970 to 1978.

Castro, Theresa

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1973

Chauncy, Newlin A.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1975

Conrad, Anthony L.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1970

Anthony Conrad joined RCA after military service in World War II. He rose through the ranks of the RCA Service Company, eventually becoming President. In 1970 he was elected to the RCA Board at the Annual Meeting. He was again promoted in 1971 to President and Chief Operating Officer of RCA Corporation. Anthony Conrad immediately became CEO on November 5, 1975 following the dramatic ouster of Robert Sarnoff by the RCA Board, and on June 2, 1976, the Board of Directors appointed Conrad to the position of Chairman as well.

Corderman, Douglas G.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1976

Crawford, Frederick C.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1967

Frederick Crawford was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He was also the president of Thompson Products, Inc. During World War II, Thompson Products and Crawford did their patriotic duty by manufacturing auto and aviation components critical to the allied war effort. Crawford was recognized worldwide for his leadership in the automotive and aviation industries as a pioneer in the human relations field, and a leader in the philanthropic community in Cleveland, Ohio. As head of Thompson Products for more than 25 years, Crawford oversaw the company's transformation from an automotive and aircraft parts manufacturer to a leader in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Criser, Marshall M.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1984

Mr. Criser was the eighth president of the University of Florida. He held the position from 1984-1989. Criser received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1949 and a law degree in 1951 from UF. Criser served as president of the Florida Bar Association, was a member of the Board of Regents and served as its chairman for three years.

Crossfield, A. Scott

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1982

A . Scott Crossfield, famed aviator and X-15 test pilot, had his first flight at the age of six in an oil company plane and says that he does not recall ever having desired any other career than aviation. He began flying lesson at the age of 12, in return for delivering newspapers at the Wilmington Airport. By the time he graduated from high school, he had resolved to emulate such famous test pilots as Boeing's Eddie Allen and the Air Force's Jimmy Doolittle. He received both his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in aeronautical engineering from the University of Washington. His distinguished career in aviation really began in 1942 when he was a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and fighter gunnery instructor. From 1946 to 1950, he was the Chief Operator of the University of Washington's F. K. Kirsten Wind Tunnel, and from 1950 to 1955 was an aeronautical research pilot for the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics at Edwards High Speed Flight Station. From 1955 to 1961, Mr. Crossfield was the design specialist, X-15 project pilot, and chief engineering test pilot for North American Aviation, Inc., Los Angeles Division. He was involved in all phases of X-15 specification and design, cockpit and control systems, engine systems, structures, and so forth. He was also the pilot for the first 30 demonstration flights of the X-15. In 1967, he joined Eastern Airlines as a division vice president. After four years, he was promoted to staff vice president working transportation development issues for the airline until leaving Eastern in 1974 to assume the position of senior vice president at Hawker Siddley. Mr. Crossfield has worked as an independent technical consultant for several corporations, House committees and subcommittees, NASA and the FAA.

Dahle, Dan

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Dr. Dahle was a professor at Brevard Engineering College (BEC) in the 1960s. When he retired, he became the first faculty member to be named professor emeritus.

Davis, Leighton I.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1965

Lieutenant General Leighton Ira Davis is commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C. He entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1931, and graduated in 1935. He received his Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1941 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster.

DeBartolo, Edward J.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1981

Edward DeBartolo Sr. was an American businessman who is widely regarded as the father of the American shopping mall. In 1971, his Ohio-based corporation was ranked as 47th among the nation's top 400 construction contractors; and in 1983, DeBartolo was included on Forbes magazine's first list of "richest Americans". DeBartolo earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Notre Dame. DeBartolo then served in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. In 1981 he received the Order of Merit from the Italian government. In 1988 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Debus, Kurt H.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1970

Dr. Kurt H. Debus was the first director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center. He held the position from 1962 to 1974. Dr. Debus supervised the development and construction of rocket launch facilities at Cape Canaveral beginning in 1952 and continuing through 1960. Beginning in 1961, he directed the design, development and construction of NASA's Apollo/Saturn facilities on Cape Canaveral and the adjacent John F. Kennedy Space Center. Dr. Debus' organization successfully launched 13 Saturn V's: Apollo 4, 6, and 8, that carried the first men to lunar orbit, Apollo 9, the first manned test of the Lunar Module, Apollo 10, Apollo 11, which landed the first men on the Moon, Apollo 12, which landed the second U.S. astronaut team on the Moon, Apollo 13, which circled the Moon and returned to Earth; Apollos 14, 15, 16 and 17 which continued lunar exploration; and the Skylab Orbital Workshop. In October 1965, he became responsible for NASA unmanned launch operations at the Eastern and Western Test Ranges.

Dekwaitowski, Henry

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Denius, Homer R.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1964

Denius and George Shaw co-founded Radiation in Melbourne in 1950, when the space race was in its infancy. Radiation quickly became a leader in the design and manufacture of telemetry equipment for rockets. As the space program grew, so did Radiation, and in 1967 it merged with Harris, which today has over $3 billion in sales and more than 13,000 employees around the world. Denius was a strong supporter of Florida Tech since its inception in 1958. He established the Denius Foundation in 1960 to support the school and personally contributed to its first building in 1961. The university awarded him the President's Medal in 1994.

Dively, George S.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1972

Mr. Dively joined the Harris-Seybold Company of Cleveland in 1937 at a time when it was a small manufacturer of printing equipment. He became director in 1941 and three years later was named vice president and general manager. In 1947, he was named president and from 1954 to 1961 held dual positions as president and chief executive officer. He remained as chief executive until his retirement in 1971. Under his management and through mergers and acquisitions, annual sales of the Harris-Intertype Corporation, as the company came to be known, jumped to more than $2 billion a year from $10 million a year and was one of the leading corporations in the electronic publishing industry.

Engen, Donald D.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1984

Mr. Engen served as director of the National Air and Space Museum from July 1996 to July 1999. He served 36 years in the Navy and fought in three wars. He was awarded 29 Navy decorations with awards including the Navy's highest honor, the Navy Cross, for his actions in World War II as a bomber pilot. His civilian public-service career took off in 1982, when President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Transportation Safety Board. Two years later, he was named administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, where he served until 1987.

Evans, John H.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1975

Evinrude, Ralph S.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1972

Ralph Evinrude was an American business magnate best known for being the Chairman of Outboard Marine Corporation. Evinrude's father had emigrated from Norway in 1882 and had developed the first commercially feasible outboard motor. In 1927, Evinrude joined the family firm, Elto Outboard Motor Company after two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1934, Evinrude took over running the company. In 1936, Elto Outboard Motor Company merged with Johnson Motor Company to form Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC). In 1936, the Board of Directors of OMC elected Evinrude president and director. In 1953, he was elected vice chairman of the board and chairman of OMC's Executive Committee. He became chairman of OMC in 1963. In 1982 when Evinrude retired as chairman, OMC had more than 9,000 persons employed in operations throughout the world.

Farmer, Phillip W.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1999

Phillip Farmer served as Harris Corp. Chairman, CEO, and president from 1995 to 2003. Mr. Farmer joined Harris in 1982 as vice president-general manager of the Government Support Systems Division in the Electronic Systems Sector. Mr. Farmer was elected executive vice president of Harris Corporation in June 1991. At that time he also assumed the position of acting president of the Semiconductor Sector and was responsible for restructuring and returning the business to profitability and positioning it for continuing growth. He was elected president, chief operating officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Harris Corporation in April 1993.

Finch, William G.H.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1983

William G. H. Finch was a radio engineer who in the late 1930s pioneered the development of facsimile transmission of printed matter and photographs. In 1938 Mr. Finch received a patent for a method by which color photographs could be sent over telephone lines to a device that would reproduce them. He was an editor with the International News Service and established the first radio-typewriter press circuit between New York and Chicago and later between New York and Havana. He served as assistant chief engineer with the Federal Communications Commission before founding his own company in 1935. During World War II he was a communications officer in the Navy and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1957 with the rank of captain.

Ford, William F.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1981

Foster, Waren Jr.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1987

Fulmer, Vincent A.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1982

Vincent Fulmer is Secretary Emeritus of M.I.T. During 35 years with M.I.T., Dr. Fulmer served as a Vice President and later Secretary of the M.I.T. Corporation. He is a founding member of the M.I.T. Enterprise Form, and he also serves on the Board of the Technology Capital Network. Dr. Fulmer serves on the Board of Directors of Barbour Stockwell, Control Air Corporation, e-Recruit, Inc., Fiberspar, Inc. and Situs, Inc. He is a Trustee of the Small Business High Technology Institute of Washington, D.C., and his trusteeships have included four New England colleges and universities.

Fuqua, Don

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1982

Don Fuqua was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from Florida and served from January 3, 1963 to January 3, 1987. He was elected Chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee in 1979 after serving on the committee since his election in 1963. He gained firsthand knowledge of the U.S. Space program as a member of the subcommittee that oversaw the program in its formative years and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications from 1971 to 1981.

Fye, Paul M.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1973

Paul Fye served as the fourth director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 1958 to 1977. He received a B.S. from Albright College in 1935 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1939. He then taught briefly at Hofstra College before joining a National Defense Research Council project in underwater explosives in 1941. The following year, he came to Woods Hole with a Harvard University-based underwater explosives group that needed to move its noise away from Cambridge. By 1946, he was the group’s research director. After another brief teaching engagement, Fye served as a manager at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory in Washington, D.C., until the Woods Hall Oceanographic Institution board called him to become director of the Institution in 1958.

Gabreski, Francis S.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1986

Francis Stanley "Gabby" Gabreski was the top American fighter ace in Europe during World War II, a jet fighter ace in Korea, and a career officer in the United States Air Force with more than 26 years service.

Gleason, W. Lansing

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Like his father and grandfather, William Lansing Gleason pursued a career in real estate law and continued to develop the family's land holdings. Mr. Gleason was also involved in Eau Gallie's local politics serving as the town's mayor in the 1930s. William Lansing Gleason co-founded Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. on June 6, 1955. He was involved in the local community including donating a coquina rock slab that the first school house in Brevard County now sits on at the Florida Institute of Technology. The auditorium on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology is named after him.

Graham, Bob

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

Bob Graham was a United States Senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005 and the governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987. He received a bachelor's degree in 1959 from the University of Florida. He went on to receive an LLB from Harvard Law School in 1962. Graham is a Democrat who never lost an election prior to his bid for the 2004 Presidential nomination. He was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966 and re-elected in 1968. He was elected to the Florida State Senate in 1970 and was re-elected in 1974.

Gray, Harry J.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1980

Harry Gray is an American business manager and philanthropist, best known as CEO and chairman of United Technologies. His service included a year in the U.S. and three and a half years overseas during World War II. He received the Silver Star and was discharged as a captain. He worked in advertising and sales until joining Consolidated Electro Dynamics in 1954. He then became president, chief administrative officer, and a member of the board of directors of United Aircraft. He was named chief executive officer the next year, then also served as chairman of UA and its successor United Technologies Corporation, from 1974 until retiring in 1986. Mr. Gray was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2003.

Grissom, Virgil (Gus)

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1962

Virgil Ivan Grissom, more widely known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a training exercise and pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and, posthumously, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Gurney, Edward J.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1969

Edward John Gurney was an American politician from Florida, where he served as a Representative and a United States Senator. In 1952 Gurney was elected city commissioner and served until his election as city attorney for Maitland. He completed his career in local office with service as mayor during 1961 to 1962. Gurney was elected to the United States Congress in 1962, 1964, and 1966. In 1968, he was elected to the United States Senate.

Hartley, John T.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1994

John Hartley was CEO of Harris Corp. from 1986 to 1995 and a member of the Board from 1976 until his retirement in 2002. His entire career was devoted to Harris and Radiation, Inc., the Melbourne-based company that merged with Harris-Intertype in 1967. He began work at Radiation Inc. in 1956 after being recruited by Homer Denius. He was elected executive vice president and a member of the Board in 1976 and president of the company in 1978. Jack was elected CEO in 1986 and Chairman of the Board in 1987.

Hereford, Frank L.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1974

Frank Hereford served as the University of Virginia President from 1974 to 1985. He received a physics degree from the University of Virginia in 1943 and a Ph.D. in 1947. He was a nuclear physicist and Fulbright scholar. He worked on the Manhattan Project.

Hildreth, Jane D.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

Holzer, Oswald A.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Dr. Holzer was born in Benesov, Czechoslovakia. He was assigned to American oil fields in Peru and Ecuador by the Wartime Office of Procurement and Assignment for Physicians. In 1948, Dr. Holzer joined the staff of the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee. When he retired in 1974, he founded the student Health Service at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. After donating his salary to the university for 10 years, the student clinic was named in his honor.

Hughes, Samuel M.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Hunt, Jack R.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1970

Jack Hunt was the first President of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1965. Three years after becoming president, ERAU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Two years later ERAU gained University status. He also helped ERAU expand when the former site of Arizona College became ERAU’s western campus.

Jenkins, George W.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

He was born in Warm Springs, Ga. in 1907, a place later made famous by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s. In 1924, after finishing high school in Greenville, Ga., he moved briefly to Atlanta with his family. In 1925, George W. Jenkins sought his fortune to the south in Florida. He went to work for a Piggly Wiggly store in Tampa, and was made store manager after his first six weeks on the job. He soon transferred to Winter Haven as the manager of the company's largest store. After four years, Jenkins resigned and opened his first Publix Food Store in 1930 on borrowed money. The Great Depression began in 1929 so Jenkins was considered quite a risk-taker. He was successful in 1944.

After the Depression and during World War II, George W. Jenkins bought a chain of 19 small grocery stores and, in 1948, he started to replace these stores with supermarkets. The supermarkets were testimony to Florida's population growth after the War. They also served a growing number of Floridians who had automobiles and drove passed little grocery stores for the better prices of high-volume supermarkets. Today few landscapes in Florida are without a supermarket, and one must search hard to find anything resembling a grocery store. Most of these supermarkets bear the green "P" of George W. Jenkins' Publix Super Markets, Inc. The name "Publix" came from a defunct movie theater chain, a casualty of the 1929 Great Depression.

Publix Super Markets and George W. Jenkins were active in supporting activities to aid children in the communities where they did business. At the core of their civic-mindedness there is a concern for quality education, especially economic education. As George W. Jenkins said, "We think that Publix is an excellent example of free enterprise at work. We are concerned about the future of our economic system and believe that we must do something to preserve it."

Johnson, J. Seward

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1974

John Seward Johnson was the son of Robert Wood Johnson I, the founder of the company Johnson & Johnson. He also founded the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI).

Kapryan, Walter J.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1973

Director of Launch Operations at Kennedy Space Center (1969-1979). Kapryan received the Exceptional Service Medal in 1969, the Distinguished Service Medal in 1971, and the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1975 from NASA.

Keating, Arthur E.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1969

Kirk, Claude R.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1968

Claude R. Kirk was the thirty-sixth governor of the U.S. state of Florida. He was the first Republican to hold the office of governor since 1877.

Kitchen, Lawrence

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1987

Kottle, Louis M.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1971

Kursnoglu, Behram N.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1982

Lanzillotti, R. F.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

Dr. Lanzillotti is the Dean Emeritus of the College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, Eminent Scholar Chair in American Economic Institutions, and Emeritus and Director of the Public Policy Research Center. During his career, he has held several positions in the academic field. He was the Dean of the University of Florida Graduate School of Business from 1969 to 1986. He was adjunct professor of Economics at Cornell University, Professor and Chairman of the Economics Department at Michigan State University, Professor of Economics at Washington State University, and held a fellowship in Economic Statistics at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Lanzillotti has served as an economic consultant and held directorships in a number of U.S. Corporations.

Leach, Willaford R.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

Lederman, Leon M.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 2004

Mr. Lederman is an experimental physicist and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his work with neutrinos. He is Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. He founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, in Aurora, Illinois in 1986, and has served in the capacity of Resident Scholar since 1998.

Link, Edwin A.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1970

Edwin Albert Link was a pioneer in aviation, underwater archaeology, and ocean engineering . He is most remembered for inventing the flight simulator in 1929, called the "Blue Box" or "Link Trainer". Prior to his death in 1981, he had accumulated more than 27 patents for aeronautics, navigation and oceanographic equipment. In 1953, Edwin and Marion Link established The Link Foundation. Still active in 2007, the foundation provides grants and fellowships in aeronautics, simulation and training, ocean engineering, energy, and organizations of interest to the Links.

Lotz, Walter F.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1971

Lyons, James E.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1978

Mark, Hans

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1978

Hans Michael Mark is a former Secretary of the Air Force and a former Deputy Administrator of NASA. In February 1969, he became director of NASA's Ames Research Center, located in Mountain View, California. In this role, he managed the center's research and applications efforts in aeronautics, space science, life science and space technology. He subsequently served as Undersecretary of the Air Force from 1977 until July 1979, when he was promoted to Secretary of the Air Force. He remained as this position until 1981, when he was appointed Deputy Administrator of NASA by President Reagan, a position he served in from July 10, 1981 to Sept. 1, 1984.

Marston, Robert

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1977

Robert Marston was the seventh president of the University of Florida. He received his bachelor's degree from Virginia Military Institute in 1943 and his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1947. He accepted a Rhodes scholarship to attain his B.Sc. in 1949. After his internship and postdoctoral work, he accepted an appointment to the Medical College of Virginia. In 1958, he joined the University of Minnesota faculty in the Dept. of Bacteriology and Immunology. In 1966, Marston accepted a position as Associate Director of the National Institute of Health and became its Director in 1968. On January 11, 1974, the Board of Regents took little more than forty seconds in unanimously selecting Marston as UF's seventh president. In 1985, he chaired the important Symposium on the Medical Implications of Nuclear War.

Martinez, Bob

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1986

Robert "Bob" Martinez was the fortieth governor of Florida from 1987 to 1991. Prior to that, he was the mayor of Tampa from 1979 to 1986. Bob Martinez received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa and went on to earn a master's in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois. In the late 1960s, Martinez returned to Tampa to teach. Martinez ran successfully for the office of mayor of Tampa in 1979. In 1986, he resigned as Mayor to run for Florida governor.

Mautz, Robert B.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1971

USAF Reserve

Maxwell, Clark Jr.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1983

McCartney, Forrest S.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1986

Forrest S. McCartney is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant general and former director of the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center. He received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and entered the regular Air Force in 1952. He was promoted to his retirement rank of lieutenant general on May 1, 1983. In 1987 he was selected by NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher as new director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He is the recipient of the General Thomas D. White Space Trophy, 1984; the 1987 Military Astronautical Trophy; NASA's Distinguished Service Medal; and one of the recipients of the National Space Club's Goddard Memorial Trophy, presented in March 1989.

McKean, Hugh F.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1963

A 1930 Rollins graduate and art professor, president of the college from 1951 to 1969, then chancellor, and chairman of Rollins' Board of Trustees.

McLaughlin, Kenneth Francis

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1981

Medaris, John B.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1963

John B. Medaris was a major general commanding the Army Ballistic Missile Agency when T. Keith Glennan tried to incorporate it into NASA in the late 1950s. Medaris also worked with Wernher von Braun to launch Explorer I in early 1958. He retired from the Army in 1969 and became an Episcopal priest, later joining an even more conservative Anglican-Catholic church.

Mittelstadt, Eric

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

After 29 years at General Motors Corporation, in 1982, Mittelstadt became the founding CEO of GMFanuc Robotics, the leading industrial robot company since 1984. In January 2005 he became the CEO of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) in Washington, DC. Mittelstadt works with all constituencies to develop federal and regional actions for United States manufacturing competitiveness.

Mixson, Wayne

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

John Wayne Mixson, better known as Wayne Mixson was the thirty-ninth governor of the U.S. state of Florida. He assumed the office in January 1987 after Bob Graham stepped down to take his seat in the United States Senate, and served only three days until the governor-elect, Bob Martinez, was sworn in. His political career began with the Florida House of Representatives, serving six consecutive terms. He then served as Lieutenant Governor from 1978 to 1986. He also served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce from 1982 to 1986.

Moore, Richard V.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1972

Richard Moore served as president of Bethune-Cookman University from 1947 to 1974. He received a B.A. from Knoxville College and a M.A. from Atlanta University. To honor Mrs. Bethune's death, President Moore and the Board established the Mary McLeod Bethune Medallion and the Mary McLeod Bethune Tuition Scholarship.

Nelson, Bill

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1968. Bill was a Captain in the United States Army, serving in the reserves from 1965 to 1971, and was on active duty from 1968 to 1970. In 1972, he was elected to the Florida Legislature and served 6 years until he was elected to Congress. Bill was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1978. He was re-elected to his fourth term in 1984. He is Chairman of the Space Science and Applications Subcommittee and a member of the Banking Finance and Urban Affairs Committee. He traveled in to space on January 12, 1986 aboard Columbia, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Neuharth, Allen H.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1996

Mr. Neuharth is founder of the nation's most widely read newspaper, USA TODAY, and former chairman and chief executive officer of Gannett Co. Neuharth attended the University of South Dakota, where he majored in journalism. When he graduated in 1950, he joined The Associated Press in Sioux Falls, S.D., as a reporter. In 1954, Neuharth got a job as a reporter on the Miami Herald. In 1960, he was named assistant executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. Neuharth joined Gannett as general manager of its two Rochester, N.Y., newspapers in 1963. In 1966, he assumed the added role of president of Gannett Florida and started a new newspaper, TODAY, later renamed Florida TODAY. In 1982 Neuharth founded USA TODAY. He retired from Gannett in 1989.

Newell, Barbara W.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1981

Barbara W. Newell was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1929. She received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and both her master's and doctor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin.  She served as Chancellor of the State University System of Florida from 1981 to 1985.  She was the first woman Chancellor in the country.

Nuckolls, John H.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1977

Odorizzi, Charles M.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1967

Perkins, Robert E.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Randall, B. Charter

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1983

Rossetter, Caroline P.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1987

Schmidt, Ruth L.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1978

Schroter, Albert R.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1984

Dr. Albert R. Schroter is the Chief Operating Officer of General Astronautics. He was president of Lockheed Space Operations Company, a company of 8000 employees, with an annual budget of over $900 million, which did launch processing of the Space Shuttle. He served on the Board of Directors of Barnett Bank of Florida, worked as a management consultant to GTE for five years, worked as a management consultant for several major companies in the aerospace field, and received the Silver Knight of Management award from the National Management Association.

Shephard, Donald L.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1979

Donald Shephard was a founder of the Empire Tool Company. He was also, along with his wife Helen, a trustee of Florida Tech. The shepherd building is named in honor of the Shephards.

Smith, Dent

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1983

Dent Smith contributed to establishing the college's collection of rare palm trees. He was a retired Wall Street executive and avid collector of rare palms. He also is the founder of The Palm Society.

Smith, James E.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1966

Smith, Richard G.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1981

Richard G. Smith was director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center from 1979 to 1986. Smith became a member of the rocket research and development team at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, in June 1951. He transferred to NASA in July 1960 when the Development Operations Division of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency became the nucleus for the establishment of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. For his contributions to the Apollo Lunar Landing Program and the Skylab Program he received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service in 1969 and the NASA Medal for Distinguished Service in 1973. In September 1980 he was awarded the rank of meritorious executive in the Senior Executive Service.

Spiro, Robert H.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1980

Teller, Edward

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1977

Dr. Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist, known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb.” Teller is best known for his work on the American nuclear program, specifically as a member of the Manhattan Project during World War II, his role in the development of the hydrogen bomb, and his long association with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of which he co-founded and was a director.

Tsu Yu, Chao

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1981

Tucker, C. Allen

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1971

Turlington, Ralph D.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1983

Ralph D. Turlington served 24 years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives (1950-74) and nine years as Florida’s Commissioner of Education (1974-82). Turlington was part of P.K. Yonge's first graduating class in 1938 and earned his bachelor's degree from UF in 1942.

von Braun, Wernher

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1964

Dr. Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States. The German scientist, who led German rocket development program (V-2) before and during World War II. After becoming a U.S. citizen, he worked on the American ICBM program before joining NASA, where he served as director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the United States to the Moon. He is generally regarded as the father of the United States space program. Wernher von Braun also received the National Medal of Science in 1975.

Vorderburg, Marvin F.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1978

Walker, E. Cardon

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1976

Esmond Cardon Walker was a top executive at Walt Disney Productions in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. he began his career at Disney as a mailroom clerk in 1938. Before long, he stepped up the ladder and found himself in the camera department and later became a unit manager for short subjects. In 1941, Walker was forced to delay his Disney career to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1956, he became vice president of advertising and sales, before being elected to the Board of Directors in 1960. After Walt Disney died in 1966, Walker became executive vice president and chief operating officer. When Walt's brother Roy O. Disney died in 1971, he became company president, serving under Chairman and CEO Donn Tatum. In November 1976 Walker took over chief executive officer duties from Tatum, and finally in 1980 became chairman of the board upon Tatum's retirement. As a top Disney executive, Walker played a major part in the early development of Walt Disney World in Florida. Walker continued to serve as a consultant to the company until 1990 and was member of the board of directors until 1999. His contributions culminated in his induction into the Disney Legends in 1993.

Waters, RADN. Odale D.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1966

Wei Yuan, Cheng

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1984

Wisdom, Donald A.

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1978

Yun Suan, Premier Sun

Recipient of Honorary Degree in 1985

Sun Yun-suan was a Chinese engineer and politician. As minister of economic affairs from 1969 to 1978 and Premier of the Republic of China from 1978 to 1984, he was credited for overseeing the transformation of Taiwan from being a mainly agricultural economy to an export powerhouse. From 1937 to 1940 he was an engineer at the National Resources Commission. During World War II he was sent by the National Resources Commission to train in the United States as an engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority. In 1946, he was sent to Taiwan to work at the Taiwan Power Company. Due to his successes in Taiwan, the World Bank sent him to Nigeria as head of the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria in 1964. He returned to Taiwan and joined the ROC the government as Minister of Communications in 1967. In 1969, he was transferred to become Minister of Economic Affairs and served until May 30, 1978 when he was promoted to Premier of the Republic of China.

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