List of University of Florida Honorary Degree Recipients - Honorary Degree Recipients, 1926–50

Honorary Degree Recipients, 1926–50

Recipient Year/Degree Notability
Roger W. Babson 1927 LL.D. Roger W. Babson was a prominent statistician and economist. Helped further interests of the state.
Eugene L. Wartmann 1929 LL.D. Eugene L. Wartmann was a member of the Florida Legislature when the Buckman Act was passed in 1905, and served as a member of Florida Board of Control from 1907 to 1929.
Orestes Ferrara 1930 LL.D. Orestes Ferrara was Cuba's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States from 1926 to 1930.
Doyle E. Carlton 1933 D.C.L. Doyle E. Carlton was the Governor of Florida from 1929 to 1930, and a prominent attorney in Tampa.
1933 LL.D. Duncan U. Fletcher was a U.S. Senator from Florida from 1908 to 1936.
Albert J. Farrah 1935 D.C.L. Albert J. Farrah was the founding dean of the University of Florida College of Law, serving from 1909 to 1912, and later became the long-time dean of the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1913–40). Farrah was a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and previously served as the founding dean of the Stetson University College of Law in DeLand, Florida from 1900 to 1909.
1935 D.C.L. Scott Loftin was a prominent Florida attorney who was the fifty-eighth president of the American Bar Association, and served as the chairman of the University Endowment Corporation of the University of Florida.
1937 D.Sc. Charles Herty was a noted chemist who developed processes for using pine pulp in paper manufacture.
Edward Conradi 1939 LL.D. Edward Conradi was the principal of the Normal and Industrial School of St. Petersburg (1905–09), dean of the Florida State College for Women (1909), and then its president for thirty-two years (1909–41).
1939 LL.D. David Fairchild was an eminent botanist, lecturer and author.
1941 L.H.D. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a well-known novelist, author of The Yearling, and winner of the O. Henry Memorial Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. She often wrote on Florida-related topics. Rawlings was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from the University of Florida.
Raymond Robbins 1941 LL.D. Raymond Robbins was a social and civic leader, World War I U.S. Army officer, lecturer and world traveler. Degree conferred at his home in sanctuary at Chinsegut Hill, Florida, which he gave to the U.S. government in June 1941. First University of Florida honorary degree conferred off campus.
Willis Manville Ball 1942 LL.D. Willis Manville Ball was the editor-in-chief of The Florida Times-Union daily newspaper in Jacksonville, Florida from 1902 to 1947.
1942 LL.D. Albert H. Blanding was a U.S. Army Brigadier General in France from 1918 to 1919, and was later the chief of the U.S. National Guard Bureau from 1936 to 1940. He was also a member of the Florida Board of Control 1922 to 1936. Blanding graduated from Florida Agricultural College with a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in 1894.
Thomas Barbour 1944 D.Sc. Thomas Barbour was a naturalist, teacher, author and world traveler. Barbour was the director of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Interest in Florida's wildlife and natural history. Presented University of Florida with famous terrestrial Miocene vertebrate locality in Gilchrist County, Florida.
Eugene T. Casler 1944 D.Sc. Eugene T. Casler assisted in founding nitrogen fixation industry in America. He worked as a state chemist, later chemical director of a Florida phosphate mining company, and pioneered development of calcination of phosphate rock and other new methods of rock mining and flotation. Casler graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in 1913.
Herman Gunter 1944 D.Sc. Herman Gunter was a Florida geologist who contributed to the fundamental knowledge of Florida's natural resources and helped in the development of its industries. Gunter graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in 1907.
James Melton 1945 Mus.D. James Melton was a prominent actor, artist and singer, and frequently appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Association. Melton attended the University of Florida from 1921 to 1923.
James B. Whitfield 1945 LL.D. James Bryan Whitfield was the chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, serving on the court for thirty-nine years—the longest tenure in the history of the court. The honorary degree was conferred in Tallahassee.
1946 LL.D. James Van Fleet was a 1915 West Point graduate, a University of Florida professor of military science, and the head coach of the Florida Gators football team from 1923 to 1924. He served as a commissioned officer in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, Van Fleet attained the rank of major general, and commanded a corps of the U.S. Third Army under General George S. Patton. In the Korean War, he replaced General Matthew Ridgway as the commander of all United States and United Nations forces.
William K. Jackson 1946 LL.D. William K. Jackson was the prosecuting attorney and U.S. Attorney for the Panama Canal Zone, and later served as the president of U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Jackson graduated from the University of Florida at Lake City with a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in 1904.
Ralph H. Allee 1948 D.Sc. Ralph H. Allee was an internationalist, agriculturist, former representative of U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He later served as the director of American Institute of Agricultural Sciences in Turriabla, Costa Rica.
Oliver C. Carmichael 1948 LL.D. Oliver C. Carmichael was a scholar, executive, statesman, and chancellor of Vanderbilt University in Nasvhille, Tennessee. He later served as the president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Colgate W. Darden Jr. 1948 LL.D. Colgate W. Darden Jr. was the governor of Virginia, the chancellor of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the president of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
George D. Stoddard 1948 LL.D. George D. Stoddard was an author, educator, administrator, a former president of the State University of New York, the then-current president of the University of Illinois, and a member of U.S. President Harry S. Truman's Commission on Higher Education.
Owen D. Young 1948 LL.D. Owen D. Young was a lawyer, banker, corporate director, economist and humanitarian. Young was the recipient of honorary degrees from twenty-four different colleges and universities.
Frederick E. Lykes 1949 LL.D. Frederick E. Lykes was a prominent Florida agriculturist and industrialist and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
1949 L.H.D. Alben Barkley represented Kentucky in the House of Representatives (1927–33) and the U.S. Senate (1933–49, 1955–56), and served as the U.S. Vice President under U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1949–53).
Rueben G. Gustavson 1950 D.Sc. Rueben Gustavson was a scientist, educator and administrator, a member of the executive committee of Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities, and the chancellor of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Harold Mowry 1950 D.Sc. Harold Mowry worked at the University of Florida's Agricultural Experiment Station for twenty-seven years, and served as the station's horticulturist and director from 1943 to 1950. Mowry graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in 1929 and a master of science degree (M.S.) in 1934.
Colon Eloy Alfaro 1950 LL.D. Colon Eloy Alfaro was a diplomat of Ecuador, and represented his country in many parts of the world, including serving as Ecuador's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States.
Benjamin A. Cohen 1950 L.H.D. Benjamin A. Cohen was journalist, linguist and diplomat. Cohen was appointed as the ambassador to the United States from Chile in 1939, and later served as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Wilson Popenoe 1950 D.Sc. Wilson Popenoe was a scholar, horticulturist, and ambassador of good will from the United States to Latin America for nearly forty years. Popenoe served as the director of Escuela Agricola Panamericana at Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Emsterio Santiago Santovenia 1950 LL.D. Emsterio Santiago Santovenia was a Cuban lawyer, writer, historian and statesman. Santovenia served as the foreign minister of Cuba.

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