Eckerd College Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients

General David H. Petraeus

David H. PetraeusFor your leadership of the Multi-National Force – Iraq and now of the United States Central Command;

For your courage in combat, most notably as commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and for being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal for valor;

For your role as Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti and as Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;

For your work as Assistant Chief of Staff for the NATO Stabilization Force and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force in Bosnia;

For your recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's 25 Best Leaders, by Time Magazine as a runner-up for Person of the Year, by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine as one of the world's top 100 public intellectuals, and by Esquire Magazine as one of the Most Influential People of the 21st century;

And for your emphasis in developing America's relationship with other nations on the basis of respect for local cultures and diverse traditions in the search for peace and justice, now, therefore, Eckerd College confers on David H. Petraeus the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

Carlos Francis Barbas III '85

Carlos Francis Barbas IIIFor your exceptional creativity and pioneering studies in organic chemistry and the application of organic chemistry to chemical biology;

For research that has resulted in preparing new organic compounds that regulate genes, destroy cancer, or elicit immune responses more quickly

For being honored with the Investigator Award from the Cancer Research Institute, the Scholar Award of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, and the American Chemical Society Arthur C. Scope Scholar Award;

For founding three biotechnology companies and holding the Kellogg Endowed Chair as Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute;

And, as a chemistry and physics major in the Eckerd College class of 1985, for bringing honor to your alma mater by virtue of your distinguished career as a teacher, researcher, and entrepreneur, now, therefore, Eckerd College confers on Carlos Francis Barbas III the Degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa.

Martha Rudy Wallace

Martha  Rudy WallaceFor your distinguished record as an education, community and church leader in Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg;

For your courageous service on the Pinellas County School Board during the integration of the Pinellas County Schools, culminating in 1978 in your chairmanship, the naming of the Pinellas County School Board as the National School Board of the Year by the National School Board Association, and your being named the National School Board Member of the Year by the American School Guidance Association, and saluted as "First Lady of Education" on your retirement from the Board;

For receiving the Outstanding Layman in Education Award from Phi Delta Kappa, the Liberty Bell Award from the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and the Benjamin Franklin Award from the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club;

For being a lifelong Presbyterian and member of First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, one of the churches most influential in the founding of Florida Presbyterian College – now known as Eckerd College, and for continually nurturing and promoting the relationship between the Church and the College;

For being among the first to celebrate the installation of the Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter at Eckerd College, understanding firsthand its significance as a Duke University Phi Beta Kappan yourself;

For serving as an exemplary trustee of Eckerd College from 1976 to 1996 and an active trustee emerita ever since; for serving as the Board of Trustees' first and only chairwoman so far; and for enhancing the Eckerd College educational experience through your generous philanthropy, which includes gifts supporting the Wallace Boathouse, the renovation of the Wireman Chapel and establishing the Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship of Creative Writing;

And your unselfish devotion to the wellbeing of this county, this city and, most especially, this College, now, therefore, Eckerd College confers on Martha Rudy Wallace the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

Dean Lloyd W. Chapin

Dean Lloyd W. ChapinFor joining Eckerd College as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty in 1979, a year when the future of the College was no more certain than at its founding in 1958;

For developing strategies over 31 years to shape, elevate and secure the high stature of the academic program and with it the future of Eckerd College, resulting in the doubling of the number of faculty; the addition of eleven new majors; the acquisition of grants from sources such as the U.S. Department of Education Title III grant program, National Endowment for the Humanities, Council for the Advancement of Private Higher Education, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and prestigious foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and Freeman Foundation; and the establishment of the Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter at Eckerd College;

For being an educator and academic administrator of such integrity that others have honored you, too, with recognition such as the 2007 Unitas Distinguished Alumnus Award by Union Theological Seminary, the establishment of the Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art by a couple who wish to remain anonymous, and the establishment of a one million dollar endowment for the Lloyd W. Chapin Faculty Development Program by Mr. Helmar Nielsen, distinguished Eckerd College Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee;

For being a faithful Officer of the College; an individual who has risen to the highest rank among his peers; an eloquent writer and orator on the values and virtues of a liberal arts education especially as they are uniquely woven together at Eckerd College; and a leader who holds the respect of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni of Eckerd College;

Now, therefore, Eckerd College confers on Lloyd Walter Chapin the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

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