List of University of Florida Honorary Degree Recipients - Honorary Degree Recipients, 1976–2000

Honorary Degree Recipients, 1976–2000

Recipient Year/Degree Notability
Ripley P. Bullen 1976 D.Sc. Noted archaeologist and anthropologist. Became curator of Florida State Museum in 1952; Curator Emeritus at time of award.
Torgny Segerstedt 1976 D.H.L. Rector Magnificus, Uppsala University; internationally known educator, philosopher, lecturer; author.
Willard L. Boyd 1976 LL.D. Distinguished educator, author and law expertise; President of University of Iowa.
William G. Carleton 1976 D.H.L. Distinguished political science lecturer and a member of the University of Florida faculty for thirty-six years; author; nicknamed "Wild Bill", an endearment related to his vigorous delivery and frankness on public policy questions.
1976 D.E. Dean Emeritus of University of Florida College of Engineering; established EIES, a visionary in programs as beach erosion, materials sciences, sewage and water, sanitary engineering and nuclear energy.
Richard K. Arnold 1976 D.Sc. Outstanding leader and research scientist in forestry; with U.S. Forest Service, Research Division until retirement. At time honorary degree was awarded, he was Assistant Vice President for Research, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Sjoerd Groenman 1977 D.H.L. Emeritus Rector Magnificus, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Famous sociologist, supported the University of Florida and University of Utrecht's exchange program.
George S. Wise 1977 D.H.L. Lifetime Chancellor of Tel Aviv University. Outstanding educator, businessman and humanitarian. President, George S. Wise and Co., newsprint manufacturing of Miami.
Mitchell W. Spellman 1977 D.Sc. Dean, Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School. Noted for bringing improved access to medical education for minority students and improved medical care for the inner city.
Maclyn McCarty 1977 D.Sc. Vice President of Rockefeller University. Conducted research on DNA and in the fields of microbiology and immunology.
Philip M. Sherlock 1977 D.H.L. Sir Philip M. Sherlock was an educator and served as the secretary general of the Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes.
Allen S. Weller 1977 D.F.A. Art historian, critic and teacher. Established Krannert Art Museum in Illinois.
1978 LL.D. Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative of the U.S. President to the Law of the Sea Conference. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James and served in four cabinet posts—Secretary of Commerce; U.S. Attorney General; Secretary of Defense; Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
Pauli Murray 1978 D.H. Jurist, educator, poet and theologian. First black woman priest ordained by Episcopal Church. Granddaughter of a slave.
Alvin Percy Black 1978 D.Sc. University of Florida Research Professor Emeritus. Black Hall named for him. Internationally known scientist. Worked on water treatment.
James T. Gurney 1978 D.H.L. Attorney. Served as a member of the Board of Control of the State University System of Florida.
James R. Shepley 1978 D.H.L. Commencement speaker. President, Time, Inc.; distinguished journalist, writer and businessman.
Samuel Gurin 1979 D.Sc. Pioneer in marine research. Led in the development of the Whitney Marine Research Laboratory. Interested in marine metabolism and chemoreception in marine organisms.
Nancy Hanks 1979 D.F.A. Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (1969–77). Vice chairman and trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Philip S. Handler 1979 D.Sc. President of the National Academy of Science.
Walter Beinecke, Jr. 1980 D.H.L. Active in business, ranching, historic preservation, health planning, education and refugee rehabilitation. Served as Vice President of Sales for S&H Green Stamp Company for fifteen years.
George T. Harrell, Jr. 1980 D.Sc. George T. Harrell, Jr. was a research professor at the Duke University School of Medicine (1941–54), and the founding dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine (1954–64). Harrell became the founding Provost for the Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1964, thereby becoming the first person in U.S. history to serve as the founding administrator of two different medical schools.
Allen H. Neuharth 1980 Litt.D. Commencement speaker. President of Gannett and Company. Chairman and president of the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
James Willard Hurst 1980 LL.D. Commencement speaker. Distinguished legal historian, author and educator. Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin.
Adam Lopatka 1980 LL.D. Jurist and administrator of international distinction. Director of Institute of State and Law of Polish Academy of Science.
Margaret E. Mahoney 1980 D.H.L. President of the Commonwealth Fund. Specialized in public policy analysis, educational theory, health care systems and financing.
1980 Litt.D. J. Hillis Miller, Jr. is an internationally known English literature scholar, critic and professor, and the Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Miller is also the son of J. Hillis Miller, Sr., the fourth president of the University of Florida.
William R. Smith Jr. 1980 LL.D. President of the American Bar Association. Tampa attorney.
Johannes Gross 1980 Litt.D. Editorial Director, Capital magazine, the largest business journal in Western Europe.
Molly Harrower 1981 D.H.L. A psychologist, teacher, writer, researcher and poet, she is internationally recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists for her contributions to the understanding of personality.
Donald R. Matthews 1981 D.P.S. 1953 UF Distinquished Alumnus Award recipient; U.S. Representative from the 8th District of Florida from 1952 to 1967; Administrator of the Rural Community Development Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Don Manuel de Prado Y Colon de Carvajal 1981 LL.D. Ambassador at Large of Spain. President, Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana.
Hernan Fonseca de Zamora 1981 D.Sc. Minister of Agriculture of Costa Rica.
Alfred A. McKethan 1981 DC B.S.B.A., University of Florida, 1931. Banker, public servant, civic leader, patron of education.
Dorothy M. Smith 1981 D.Sc. Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Florida College of Nursing. Pioneer in nursing education.
Arthur C. Allyn, Jr. 1981 D.Sc. Chairman of A.C. Allyn and Co. and Director Emeritus of the Allyn Museum of Entomology. in Sarasota, Florida. Former President of the Chicago White Sox. Former partner of Francis I. dePont and Co.
Edward E. David Jr. 1982 D.Sc. Former science advisor to U.S. President, director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology, president of Exxon Research and Engineering Co. One of the nation's strongest advocates for improving engineering and scientific education.
Charles Cornelius 1982 D.Sc. Teacher, scientist and academic administrator in Veterinary medicine. In 1971, he became founding dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
Nahum N. Glatzer 1982 D.H.L. Internationally recognized Judaic scholar, historian, editor and teacher. Prominent faculty member at Brandeis University and Boston University.
David S. Saxon 1982 D.Sc. President, University of California System. Internationally recognized physicist and leader in higher education administration.
Reubin O'Donovan Askew 1983 D.P.S. J.D., University of Florida, 1956. Former governor of Florida. U.S. Served in Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate. Appointed U.S. Trade Representative U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Manning J. Dauer 1983 LL.D. B.A. and M.A., University of Florida. Historian, political scientist, writer, consultant and University of Florida Distinguished Service Professor. Wrote a classic in early American history and political theory, established the guidelines for reapportionment in Florida and other states, and taught more than 15,000 students during his fifty-year teaching career.
Richard Vernon Moore 1983 D.H.L. Chancellor of Bethune-Cookman College, in Daytona Beach, Florida, for twenty-eight years. Known for contributions to education, black community in Florida, human relations, religious and civic organizations.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney 1983 D.H.L. Leader in the arts, sciences, sports, industry and government. Co-producer of first color films, including such classics as A Star is Born and Gone With The Wind. Established the C.V. Whitney Laboratory for Experimental Marine Biology and Medicine at the University of Florida, located in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded Pan American Airways and the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company.
James L. Knight 1984 D.H.L. Built one of the best newspapers, The Miami Herald, and helped establish one of the largest newspaper groups in the nation, The Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He has served twice as President of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.
Frederick A. Hauck 1984 D.Sc. Noted mineralogist, metallurgist and patron of cultural and educational institutions. Instrumental in the production of materials for the nuclear industry and other strategic, rare and precious metals. Helped develop Gaseous Core Reactors. Mined rare earth from Florida Beaches. president of Continental Mineral Processing Co.
1984 D.Sc. E. T. York was the acting president of the University of Florida from 1973 to 1974, following the resignation of Stephen C. O'Connell. York served as the university provost and executive vice president, and was responsible for the founding of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). He was later appointed to be the Chancellor of the State University System of Florida from 1975 to 1980. Before coming to the University of Florida, York was the head of the Alabama and U.S. agricultural extension services.
James Willis Walter 1984 LL.D. Industrial leader, Innovator in home building industry; Chairman of Jim Walter Corp.
Dr. Martin D. Young 1985 D.Sc. Internationally recognized for research in malaria parasites, one of the most distinguished parasitologist and tropical medicine specialists in the U.S.; former director of Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama.
William M. Goza 1985 D.H.L. B.S., University of Florida, 1938; LL.B., 1941. Attorney, author, anthropologist. Encouraged, supported participated in historical and anthropological studies related to Florida's Hispanic history. University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus and UF Hall of Fame.
Lawrence Lewis Jr. 1986 D.H.L. Businessman who was prime mover in historic preservation, restoration and reconstruction of St. Augustine. Since 1965, trustee of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board.
Lewis R. Grosenbaugh 1986 D.Sc. Innovator in the field of forest measurements on international level. His contributions include the theory of point sampling, 3P sampling theory, a milestone in the field of forest sampling, a theory on avoiding Dendrometry Bias in leaning trees. First to use computer technology for analysis.
1986 D.P.S. World religious leader, civil rights activist, and a crusader in the modern ecumenical movement for Christian unity. Head of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America for twenty-seven years. Received Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter in 1980.
1987 Litt.D. A noted research economist for more than forty years. She has made major contributions to economics in monetary economics and economic history. She has co-authored several internationally prominent publications on monetary standards with Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.
Lucille M. Mair 1988 D.H.L. A pioneer in women's studies and former ambassador. She has held the highest position of any women ever in the United Nations. Research, writer, lecturer and advisor at the University of West Indies.
Marjory S. Douglas 1988 Litt.D. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a conservationist with a career spanning seventy years. She has given the State of Florida the groundwork for preserving, protecting, and recovering its natural resources. She received many honors and awards for her efforts in conservation.
Harry Prystowsky 1988 D.Sc. An internationally recognized leader in obstetrics and gynecology. He has enjoyed an illustrious career as an educator, investigator, physician, and administrator. He has made significant advances in the understanding of maternal and fetal physiology. He has more than 150 scholarly articles to his credit.
C. Farris Bryant 1988 D.P.S. Attorney, businessman, and 34th governor of Florida.
Howard Earle Skipper]] 1989 D.Sc. President emeritus of the Southern Research Institute. His research has had a worldwide impact on the treatment of cancer. His research has resulted in approximately 200 publications.
Frederick Ellis Fisher 1990 D.H.L. Alumnus, accountant, businessman, major donor who gave $6.5 million to the School of Accounting, which was named the Fisher School of Accounting. Served as general chairman of the first university-wide capital campaign to raise $250 million.
Joseph L. Brechner 1990 D.H.L. Honorary degree awarded posthumously. Writer, broadcaster editorialist, newspaper columnist, media executive and owner. Pioneer in television, helped put cameras in courtrooms and funded Freedom of Information Center at the University of Florida.
1991 LL.D. First Secretary of Transportation under President Lyndon Johnson; first Floridian ever to serve as a full member of the President's Cabinet. President of Airbus Industries of North America.
Don Fuqua 1991 D.P.S. Alumnus, House Representative for Florida and U.S. At 29, he was the youngest Democrat in Congress. National president of UF's Alumni Association and chair of UF's D.C. area Regional Capital Campaign.
Johnnetta B. Cole 1992 D.H.L. President of Spelman College, anthropologist, educator and activist.
John W. Griffin 1992 D.H.L. Florida archaeologist, UF alumnus, researcher, scholar, administrator, author.
1992 D.Sc. Director-General of UNESCO, Spanish scientist, educator, administrator, philosopher and politician.
David Cofrin 1993 D.F.A. Gainesville medical doctor and philanthropist, his many gifts included the basic funding for the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.
David Lawrence Jr. 1993 D.Jm. Publisher of the Miami Herald and other major newspapers.
1994 DNR Winner of Nobel Prize for physics; discovered and named the quark. Leader in environmental conservation; served as director of MacArthur Foundation.
1994 LL.D. Served in U.S. Congress for forty-four years; set an all-time record by not missing a single legislative vote for forty-one years. Author of seven books on Florida history. Decorated five times for combat service in World War II.
Jan G.F. Veldhuis 1995 D.P.S. President of Utrecht University, leader in international education, former Fulbright Scholar who promoted that program and others.
J. Malcom Randall 1996 D.P.S. Founding and long-time director of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville. Leader within the VA nationally.
Margaretta Styles 1997 D.Sc. Ed.D., University of Florida. Nurse, educator, helped establish international standards for nursing. President of International Council of Nurses and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
1998 D.P.S. Military leader of U.S. and coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War, General Schwarzkopf was recognized for his environmental and humanitarian work, especially with seriously ill children.
David M. Lee 1998 D.Sc. Nobel Prize winner in low temperature physics. Was visiting professor at UF and worked with UF faculty.
J. Stanley Marshall 1998 D.P.S. Former president of Florida State University, founder and CEO of James Madison Institute, former president of NASULGC
William Terrell Hodges 1999 LL.D. Federal judge and chairman of the executive cUommittee of the U.S. Judicial Conference.

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