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About the award

When presented: May Commencement each year.

How many: A maximum of five awards is authorized (six if the Commencement speaker is included).

Process: Award recipients are nominated by the Honorary Degrees and Special Awards Committee, recommended by the Faculty Council and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Establishing document: Trustees’ Regulation on Honorary Degrees

Criteria: We seek to honor people who have rendered outstanding service to humanity in the global arena, in our nation, in the American South, or our State of North Carolina. This honor is intended for people who have made outstanding contributions to knowledge in the world of scholarship; people whose talent and creativity in the world of the arts has enriched our lives; and people whose devotion to and support of our University merits our highest recognition.

The Honorary and Special Awards Committee welcomes detailed letters of nomination highlighting a candidate’s accomplishments and requests the inclusion of a CV or similar document be included with the nomination. It is important to the committee to have a broad and diverse pool of extraordinary candidates, including individuals from underrepresented groups, from which to make its selections.

Eligibility: Members of the Board of Governors or employees of The University of North Carolina or any of its constituent institutions are not eligible. These persons become eligible two years after termination of such status. Awards are not conferred in absentia or posthumously.

Submit a nomination

An honorary degree is the highest recognition conferred by the University. A detailed letter of nomination and a CV/resume is helpful. Nominations remain active for three years. If you have nominated anyone within the previous two years, renomination is not required; however, additional or updated materials may be submitted through the nomination form.

Please click on “Submit Nominations” for instructions on how to submit your nomination. Nominations for 2025 Honorary Degrees will be accepted through January 22, 2024.

Past recipients

Please note: The names that are clickable are linked to the official citation describing each winner’s accomplishments. To see a full list of the winners dating back to 1799, please visit Wilson Library’s Honorary Degrees page.

2023Alexander JulianD.A.Fashion Designer and Business Owner
2023D. Carmichael “Mike” McIntyre IIL.L.D.Attorney and U.S. Congressman (1997-2015)
2023Jonathan ReckfordL.L.D.CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
2023Hilda SolisL.L.D.Los Angeles County Supervisor and U.S. Secretary of Labor (2009-2013).
2023Bryan StevensonL.L.D.Public Interest Lawyer and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
2023Lucille WebbL.H.D.Founder and Director, Strengthening the Black Family, Inc.
2022Frank A. Bruni Jr.Litt. D. Journalist and Author
2022Algenon Lamont MarbleyLL.DFederal Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
2022Millie RavenelLL.D.Founding Executive Director, N.C. Center for International Understanding
2022Eddie Smith Jr.LL.D.CEO, Grady-White Boats Inc.
2021Kizzmekia S. CorbettD. Sci. Viral Immunologist, National Institutes of Health
2021Anthony S. FauciD.Sci.Physician and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
2021W. Lowry CaudillLL.D.Scientist, businessman and philanthropist
2021Donald W. CurtisLL.D.Chair and CEO of Curtis Media Group
2020Anne CatesLL.D.Former General Alumni Association President
2020Bernadette Gray-LittleLL.D.Former Chancellor of the University of Kansas, and UNC faculty member and administrator
2020Carla HaydenLL.D.14th Librarian of Congress
2020William E. LeuchtenburgL.H.D.William R. Kenan Jr. professor emeritus
2019Rebecca Hatcher BuckleyD.Sci.James Buren Sidbury Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Immunology at Duke University
2019T Bone BurnettD.A.Musician, Songwriter and Record producer
2019I. Beverly Lake, JrLL.D.Former Chief Justice, NC Supreme Court
2019John SandersLL.D.Professor and former director of the UNC Institute of Government
2019Nelson Schwab IIILL.D.Chairman of Carousel Capital and former chair of the UNC Board of Trustees
2018Phillip Leroy ClayLL.D.Professor Emeritus and former Chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018James Fletcher GoodmonLL.D.CEO and Chairman of the Board of Capitol Broadcasting Company
2018Judith Ann JamisonD.A.American dancer and choreographer and former artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Theater
2017Fred EshelmanD.Sci.Chairman of The Medicines Company (MDCO) and Founder of Eshelman Ventures LLC
2017Patricia D. HorohoLL.D.Served as the 43rd Surgeon General of the United States Army
2017Thomas Forrest KellyL.H.D.Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University
2016Sandra CisnerosLitt.D.Award winning Writer and 1995 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
2016Paul FultonLL.D.Former president and CEO of Bassett Furniture Industries and Sara Lee Corporation and former Dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
2016Nell Irvin PainterL.H.D.Author, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former Guggenheim Fellow
2016Helen PrejeanD.Div.Author, Spiritual adviser
2016Anne Marie SlaughterL.H.D.President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
2015Catarina de AlbuquerqueLL.D.International Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate
2015Peter Ware HiggsD.Sci.Prof. of Physics and Astronomy
2015Mary Elizabeth JunckLL.D.CEO of Lee Enterprises, Chair of Associated Press
2015Charles Loudermilk Sr.LL.D.Philanthropist and Community Leader
2015Charles W. Millard IIID.F.A.Art Historian and Curator
2015Wyndham RobertsonLL.D.Pioneering Journalist
2014Marjorie Bryan BuckleyLL.D.

Philanthropist, Professor, co-founder of Carolina Center for Public Service

2014Atul Atmaram GawandeD.Sci.Surgeon, Writer, Public Health Researcher
2014Biddy MartinLL.D.President of Amherst College, Author, Professor
2014Armistead Jones Maupin Jr.Litt.D.Author of “Tales of the City”
2014Beverly Eaves PerdueLL.D.Former Governor of North Carolina
2014Anne Firor ScottL.H.D.Professor, Author, Pioneering Historian of American Women
2013Steve CaseLL.D.Businessman, philanthropist, founder of America Online
2013Bernard FlatowLL.D.Businessman (public relations), rare book collector, supporter of U.S.-Latin American exchanges
2013Joel FleishmanLL.D.Professor; state government administrator instrumental in establishment of Governor’s School and North Carolina School of the Arts; philanthropist
2013Freeman HrabowskiLL.D.President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2013Mary Pope OsborneLitt.D.Author of “Magic Tree House” children’s book series
2012Michael Rubens BloombergLL.D.Mayor of New York
2012David S. FerrieroLL.D.Archivist of the United States
2012Thomas W. LambethLitt.D.Retired Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
2012Branford MarsalisD. Mus.World-renowned saxophonist
2012Katharine Lee ReidD.F.A.Retired Director, Cleveland Museum of Art
2011Timothy B. BurnettLL.D.Service to Carolina; business; philanthropy
2011Mary Sue ColemanLL.D.President, University of Michigan
2011Ernest J. GainesLitt.D.Novelist
2011John GrishamLitt.D.Novelist
2011Dwight T. PitcaithleyLL.D.Public Historian; Retired Chief Historian, National Park Service
2011Edward O. WilsonD.Sci.Founder of ethnobiology and evolutionary psychology
2010Paul RizzoLL.D.Chair emeritus, Franklin Street Partners
2010Eugene RobertsLL.D.Former national editor, New York Times; Executive editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
2010Fred RobinsonL.H.D.Douglas Tracy Smith Prof. of English Emeritus, Yale University
2010Patricia Timmons-GoodsonLL.D.Associate justice, NC Supreme Court
2009William J. Armfield IVLL.D.Investment executive & Philanthropist
2009Eli N. EvansLL.D.Writer on Jews in the south; Nonprofit leader
2009Charles SandersD.Sci.Physician & Medical executive
2009Helen ScheirbeckLL.D.Native American activist & Educational leader
2009Lee Marshall SmithLitt.D.Prolific southern author
2009Desmond M. TutuD.D.Nobel Peace Prize winner;  South African anti-apartheid campaigner
2008Peter Courtland AgreD.Sci.Medical researcher; Nobel Prize winner
2008Philip Palmer Green IIID.Sci.Human genome researcher
2008Heather Munroe-BlumD.Sci.University administrator; Psychiatric epidemiologist
2008Anthony Eden RandLL.D.Public service; Champion of the University
2008Jessye NormanD.Mus.Performing artist, opera & concert
2007Madeline Korbel AlbrightLL.D.U.S. Secretary of State
2007H. Jack GeigerD.Sci.Physician & Humanitarian
2007William Ivey LongD.F.A.Costume designer
2007Richard Wilson RileyLL.D.U.S. Cabinet Secretary; Governor, South Carolina
2007Dean Edwards SmithLL.D.Coach & Humanitarian
2006Joyce Conseen DuganLL.D. Educator & Cherokee leader
2006Thomas Stephen Kenan IIILL.D.Philanthropist
2006Robert Ray MorganLitt.D.Author & Poet
2006John Shelby SpongL.H.D.Author & Clergyman
2005 Nannerl Overholser KeohaneLL.D. Scholar; President, Duke University; Feminist leader
2005Anand PanyarachunLL.D.Thai Prime Minister; Diplomat; World leader
2005Peter John GomesD.D.Preacher; Author; Minister, The Memorial Church, Harvard
2005Frank Borden Hanes, Sr.L.H.D.Philanthropist; Author; Business leader
2004William Albert Graham, Jr.L.H.D.Scholar; Dean, Harvard Divinity School
2004Julius Levonne ChambersLL.D.Attorney; Civil rights pioneer
2004Maurice John KouryLL.D.Businessman & Philanthropist
2004William Octavius McCoyLL.D.Businessman & Interim chancellor UNC-CH
2004William Forrest WinterLL.D.Former governor, Mississippi; statesman
2003Drew Saunders Days IIILL.D.U.S. Solicitor General; Professor, Yale Law
2003Clemmie Dixon Spangler, Jr.LL.D.President, University of North Carolina
2003Reynolds PriceLitt.D.Author
2002Julian Hart Robertson, Jr.LL.D.Financier & Philanthropist
2002Verne Edward Chaney, Jr.D.Sci.Physician & Humanitarian
2002John Reid EdwardsLL.D.US Senator
2001Ricardo Lagos EscobarLL.D. President, Chile
2001Gladys Hall CoatesLL.D.Public service
2001Dennis Barry GillingsD.Sci.Scholar; Founder, Quintiles
2001William Edward “Billy” TaylorD.F.A.Musician
2001Thomas Grey WickerLL.D.Journalist
2001David SatcherD.Sci.Physician; US Surgeon General
2000Stuart Eliot EizenstatLL.D.Diplomat
2000Joseph Leo BlotnerLitt.D.Literary historian
2000Walter Horace CarterLL.D.Newspaper editor & owner
2000Charles JusticeLL.D.Athlete
2000Daniel Alexander OkunD.Sci.Scholar & Educator
1999William Warren BradleyLL.D.Public service
1999Marc BasnightLL.D.North Carolina Senate; Public service
1999Damon Jerome KeithLL.D.U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the 6th Circuit
1999Nina Woo MathesonD.Sci.Librarian
1998Susan Pardee BakerD.SciPublic health
1998Richard Hampton JenretteLL.D.Business; historic preservation; philanthropy
1998Betty Ray McCainLL.D.Public service
1998Elizabeth SpencerLitt.D.Author
1998Leroy Tashreau WalkerLL.D.Educator
1997Erskine Boyce BowlesLL.D.White House Chief of Staff; Investment banker
1997Rita DoveLitt.D.Poet & Professor
1997Eugene Dominick GenoveseLitt.D.Historian & Professor
1997Alice Mitchell RivlinLL.D.Economist; Public service
1997William Doyle RuckelshausLL.D.Environmentalist; Public service; Business
1997Arthel Lane “Doc” WatsonLitt.D.Folk singer
1996William Franklin GrahamD.D.Evangelist
1996Seamus Justin HeaneyLitt.D.Poet
1996Rudolph Arthur MarcusD.Sci.Chemist; Nobel prize
1995Kenneth Merle BrinkhousD.Sci.Pathologist
1995Johnetta Betsch ColeLL.D.President, SpelmanCollege
1995Bess Lomax HawesLitt.D.Folklorist
1995Hugh Leon McColl, Jr.LL.D.Banker
1995Louis Decimus Rubin, Jr.Litt.D.Professor & Publisher
1995Anna Deavere SmithLitt.D.Playwright; Performance artist; Professor
1994Daniel Terry Blue Jr.LL.D.Public service
1994Kenneth Lauren BurnsLitt.D.Documentary filmmaker
1994Francis Sellers CollinsD.Sci.Geneticist
1994Walter Joseph HarrelsonLitt.D.Biblical scholar
1994Jane Shelby RichardsonD.Sci.Protein scientist
1994Joseph Curtis SloaneLitt.D.Art historian
1993William Jefferson ClintonLL.D.US President
1993Katherine DunhamD.F.A.Dancer; Cultural anthropologist
1993Eugen MerzbacherD.Sci.Physicist
1993Carl Thomas RowanLitt.D.Journalist
1993Nelson Ferebee TaylorLL.D.UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor; Business
1993Edwin Milton Yoder Jr.Litt.D.Journalist
1992David McClure BrinkleyLitt.D.Television journalist
1992Shelby Dade FooteLitt.D.Novelist; Civil War historian
1992Sherman Emery LeeLitt.D.Oriental art scholar; Museum director
1992Anne Ellen QueenLL.D.Educator
1992Thomas Franklin WilliamsD.Sci.Gerontologist
1991Federico Guillermo GilLitt.D.Latin American scholar
1991Archie GreenLitt.D.American folklore scholar
1991Charles Bishop KuraltLitt.D.Television journalist
1990John Marsden Ehle Jr.Litt.D. Novelist
1990Gertrude Belle ElionD.Sci.Biochemist; Nobel Prize 1988
1990Allen Walker ReadLitt.D.Linguist & lexicographer
1989Minnie Miller BrownD.Sci.Pioneer in attacking rural poverty
1989Robert Francis FurchgottD.Sci.Pharmacological researcher
1989Robert VenturiD.Sci.Architect
1988James Evans DavisD.Sci.President, American Medical Assn.
1988Marian Wright EdelmanLL.D.President, Children’s Defense Fund
1988William Clyde FridayLL.D.President, University of North Carolina
1988James Bryan McMillanLL.D.US District Court Judge
1987William Brantley AycockLL.D.Educator
1987William Wallace FinlatorD.D.Minister active in civil rights
1987Margaret Taylor HarperLL.D.Journalist; public service
1987William Neill Hubbard Jr.D.Sci.Medical statesman; President, Upjohn; Dean
1987Samuel Talmadge RaganD.Litt.Journalist
1986James Grubbs MartinLL.D.Public service
1986Harriet L. RheingoldD.Sci.Psychology
1986Ivan E. SutherlandD.Sci.Computer graphics pioneer
1986John Kenneth TerresD.Litt.Nature editor & Author
1985Mildred CohnD.Sci.Biochemist; Inst. for Cancer Research
1985Elizabeth Hanford DoleLL.D.U.S. Secretary of Transportation
1985Blyden JacksonD.Litt.Prof. of English emeritus, UNC
1985Emma Neal McQueen MorrisonLL.D.Chair emeritus, Roanoke Island Historical Ass’n.
1985James Dickson Phillips, Jr.LL.D.Judge, U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
1984George Richard HerbertLL.D.President, Research Triangle Institute
1984James Earl JonesLitt.D.Stage, screen, & TV actor
1984Frank Hawkins KenanLL.D.UNC benefactor
1983Henry Parker Brandis, Jr.LL.D.Kenan Prof. of Law; Dean, Law School
1983Elizabeth Scott CarringtonLL.D.Benefactor, UNC School of Nursing
1983Aloyisis Leon Higginbotham, Jr.LL.D.Judge, US Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
1983Joseph Carlyle SittersonLL.D.Chancellor emeritus; Kenan Prof. of History
1983Frank Henry WestheimerD.SciChemist; Harvard professor
1982William Patterson CummingD.Litt.Prof. of English emeritus, Davidson College
1982George Herbert HitchingsD.Sci.Burroughs-Wellcome researcher & Administrator
1982Myles HortonLL.D.Founder, Highlander Folk School
1981James Edward CheekLL.D.President, Howard Univ.
1981Henry Armfield FoscueLL.D.Businessman & Civic leader
1981Lawrence H. FountainLL.D.U.S. Congressman
1981Sarah RatnerD.Sci.Biochemist
1980Peter BommaritoLL.D.Int’l Pres. United Rubber etc. Workers, AFL-CIO
1980David Beers QuinnLL.D.Prof. Modern History emeritus, Univ.of Liverpool
1980Donald Ray SeawellLitt.D.Pres. & Chrm. of Board, The Denver Post
1980Cecil Grady TaylorLL.D.Chancellor emeritus, Louisiana State Univ.
1979Robert Martin ColesD.Sci.Harvard research psychiatrist
1979John Hope FranklinLL.D.Professor; historian; author
1979Katharine JocherLL.D.Sociologist & Administrator
1979Robert Mayer LumianskyLL.D.Scholar, English literature
1979Thelma Gwinn ThurstoneD.Sci.Co-establisher, UNC Psychometric Lab
1979Donald Sharp FredericksonD.Sci.Director, NIH
1979L. Richardson PreyerLL.D.U.S. Congressman
1979Frederick Chapman RobbinsD.Sci.Sr. Research Scholar, Nat. Acad. of Science
1979Lewis ThomasD.Sci.President & CEO, Sloan-Kettering Institute
1978James Baxter Hunt, Jr.LL.D.Governor of NC
1978Oscar Knefler RiceLL.D.Kenan Prof. of Chemistry
1978Rafael Montinola SalasLL.D.Asst. Secretary General, United Nations
1978Berta Vogel ScharrerD.Sci.Prof. of Anatomy, Albert Einstein Med. Coll.
1977Mary Duke Biddle Trent SemansLL.DCity of Durham - Mayor Pro-tem, Trustee
1977Edwin Maurice GillLL.DTreasurer, State of NC
1977Edward Morris BernsteinLL.DProfessor, Economic Adviser
1976James William FulbrightLL.DProfessor and President, University of Arkansas/U.S. Senator
1976Eudora WeltyD. Litt.Pulitzer Prize Author
1976Lucy Shields MorganD.Sc.Health Educator
1976Walter Reece BerryhillD.Sc.Dean of the School of Medicine, UNC
1975Elmo Russell Zumwalt, JrLL.DChief of Naval Operations
1975Rupert Bayless VanceLL.DKenan Professor of Sociology
1975Kenneth Bancroft ClarkLL.DProfessor, City University of New York and Civil Rights Leader
1975Fletcher Melvin GreenLL.DKenan Professor of History
1975Paul Christoph MangelsdorfD.Sc.Fisher Professor of Natural History, Harvard University
1974Thomas Robert Shannon BroughtonLL.DAuthor
1974Albert CoatesLL.DFirst Director, Institute of Government/Author
1974James Eubert Holshouser, JrLL.DGovernor of North Carolina
1974Louise Maywood LathamLL.DDean of Women, North Carolina Central University
1974William Dougald Macmillan, IIID.Litt.Kenan Professor/Author
1973Archie Randolph AmmonsD.Litt.English Professor, Cornell University
1973John Nathaniel CouchD.Sc.Kenan Professor
1973Juanita Morris KrepsLL.DProfessor of Economics, Duke University
1972Bernard R. BerelsonLL.DProfessor
1972Alfred Theodor BrauerLL.DKenan Professor Emeritus
1972James Penrose HarlandD.Litt.Archaeologist
1972Elizabeth Duncan KoontzLL.DEducator
1972Walker PercyD.Litt.Essayist and Novelist
1971Philip HandlerD.Sc.Professor of Biochemistry, Duke University
1971Gustavo LagosLL.DProfessor of International Relations, University of Chile
1971Charles Phillips RussellD. Litt.Professor Emeritus of the School of Journalism, UNC
1971Benjamin Franklin SwalinLL.DDirector of North Carolina Symphony
1970Elbert Clifton Daniel, Jr.D.LittAssociate Editor, The New York Times
1970Robert Burton HouseD.LittFirst Chancellor, UNC
1970Robert Walter ScottLL.DGovernor of North Carolina
1970Susie Marshall SharpLL.DAssociate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
1969William LeGette BlytheLL.DJournalist
1969Hubert Crouse HeffnerD.LittProfessor/Associate Director of the Carolina Playmakers
1969James A. ShannonD.Sc.Director, National Institutes of Health
1969George Lee Simpson, JrLL.DChancellor, University System of Georgia
1969Herman Everett SpiveyLL.DProfessor
1968Herman Glenn BaityLL.DProfessor
1968Irving Edward CarlyleLL.DAttorney and State Representative
1968George Alexander HeardLL.DChancellor, Vanderbilt University
1968George Watts HillLL.DTrustee of UNC
1968Dan Mabry LacyD.LittLibraran, Scholar, Archivist and Editor
1968James Barrett RestonD.LittSports Publicist
1967Josef AlbersD.FAArtist
1967Gordon Williams BlackwellLL.DProfessor and Director of the Institute for Research in Social Science
1967Archibald Kimbrough DavisLL.DSenator
1967Oscar Ross EwingLL.DAdministrator of the Federal Security Agency
1967Asa Timothy SpauldingLL.DPresident of the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company
1967John William GardnerLL.DCabinet Member, President of the United States
1966Jesse Spencer BellLL.DJudge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1966Howard HoldernessLL.DPresident, Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company
1966Paul Jackson KramerD.ScProfessor of Botany, Duke University
1966Daniel Killian MooreLL.DGovernor of North Carolina
1966Glenn Irving TuckerD.LittJournalist, Historian and Biographer
1965Oliver Cromwell CarmichaelLL.DUniversity Administrator
1965Connie M. GuionLL.DPhysician and Emeritus Professor
1965Douglas Maitland KnightLL.DPresident of Duke University
1965Sturgis Elleno LeavittLL.DKenan Professor of Spanish, Emeritus
1965Thomas Henry WrightD.DBishop of Diocese of East Carolina
1964Olin Trivette BinkleyD.DPresident, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
1964Sidney Alderman BlackmerL.HDActor
1964George Myers StephensLL.DAuthor and Publisher
1964Kemp MaloneD.LittProfessor of English
1964Dean RuskLL.DSecretary of State, United States
1964Fred Wilson MorrisonLL.DEducator, Attorney and Philanthropist
1964Berthold Louis UllmanD.LittKenan Professor of the Classics, Emeritus
1963James Gordon HanesLL.DBusiness Executive
1963Joseph Ezekiel PogueD.ScGeologist
1963Thomas James WilsonD.LittDirector, Harvard University Press
1963David Grier MartinLL.DPresident, Davidson College
1962Fred T. FoardLL.DExecutive, Public Health
1962Archibald HendersonD.LittKenan Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
1962Arthur Stanley LinkD.LittProfessor of History, Princeton
1962Robert Franklin MoseleyLL.DAttorney and Legislator
1962Willis Duke WeatherfordLL.DProfessor
1962Robert Francis GoheenLL.DPresident and Professor, Princeton University
1962Julian Deryl HartLL.DPresident, Duke University
1961Christopher CrittendenLL.DHistorian
1961Roger Atkinson McDuffiePharDPharmacist
1961Thomas Jenkins PearsallLL.DAttorney, Business Executive and Philanthropist
1961Kenneth Bryan RaperD.ScProfessor of Bacteriology
1961Joseph Treloar WearnLL.DDean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, Emeritus, of Western Reserve University
1961John Fitzgerald KennedyLL.DPresident, United States of America
1961Terry SanfordLL.DGovernor of North Carolina
1960Kemp Davis BattleLL.DAttorney
1960Lenoir ChambersLL.DJournalist and Editor
1960Hunter JohnsonD.MusComposer
1960John Lindsay MoreheadLL.DTextile Executive
1960Sidney Walter MartinLL.DPresident, Emory University
1960Nathan Marsh PuseyLL.DPresident, Harvard University
1959Robert Ervin CokerLL.DProfessor of Zoology
1959Baldwin MaxwellD.LittProfessor of English
1959Vermont Connecticut RoysterLL.DEditor and Navy Lieutenant
1959Ellen Black WinstonLL.DProfessor of Sociology
1959Comer Vann WoodwardLL.DProfessor of History
1958Carl Thomas DurhamLL.DU.S. Congressman
1958Robert Lee HumberLL.DAttorney
1958Robert MacDonald LesterLL.DExecutive, Carnegie Corporation
1958Robert Hunt ParkerLL.DJudge, Superior Court
1958John Archibald WheelerD.ScProfessor of Physics
1957William Haywood BobbittLL.DAssociate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
1957Samuel Cornette CollinsD.ScProfessor of Mechanical Engineering
1957Joseph Gregoire De Roulhac HamiltonLL.DProfessor of History and Political Science
1957John Wesley Umstead, JrLL.DExecutive, Life Insurance Company
1956Victor Silas BryantLL.DAttorney
1956Paul Eliot GreenD.LittAuthor
1956Jefferson Deems Johnson, JrLL.DAppellate Judge
1956Barnaby Conrad KeeneyLL.DPresident, Brown University
1956William Asbury WhitakerLL.DScientist
1955Jonathan Worth Daniels.LL.DJournalist
1955Lennox Polk McLendonLL.DAttorney
1955Hubert McNeill PoteatLL.DProfessor of Latin
1955Watson Smith RankinD.ScTrustee of the Duke Endowment
1955Carl SandburgLL.DPoet
1954William Henry HoytLL.DAttorney
1954Robert Obediah HuffmanLL.DDirector, National Association of Manufacturers
1954William Picard JacocksLL.DMedical Doctor and Director, Division of Nutrition
1954Arthur Cleveland NashLL.DArchitect
1954William Bradley UmsteadLL.DGovernor of North Carolina
1954Charles Scott VenableLL.DProfessor and Director of Chemical Research for The American Viscose Corporation
1953Jefferson Barnes FordhamLL.DProfessor of Law
1953Robert FrostD.LittPhilosopher, Lecturer and Teacher
1953Francis Pendleton GainesLL.DPresident, Washington and Lee University
1953James Spencer LoveLL.DTrustee, UNC and Chairman of Burlington Mills Industries
1953Mary Martin SloopLL.DMedical Doctor and Administrator of Garrett Memorial Hospital at Crossnore
1953Wendell Holmes StephensonLL.DProfessor of History and Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences of Tulane University
1952Aubrey Lee BrooksLL.DAttorney and Author
1952Ellis Merton CoulterLL.DDistinguished Professor at the University of Georgia
1952Harold Wayland TribbleLL.DPresident, Wake Forest College
1952Henry Otis LinebergerLL.DDentist
1951William Clyde De VaneLL.DDean of Yale and Director of its Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
1951Arthur Hollis EdensLL.DPresident of Duke University
1951Samuel James Ervin, JrLL.DAssociate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
1951Thor Martin JohnsonD.MusConductor and founder of the first soldier symphony orchestra
1950Frank Porter GrahamLL.DU.S. Senator and President of UNC
1950Osborne Bennett HardisonLL.DAdmiral, U.S. Navy
1950William Thomas SangerLL.DPresident, Medical College of Virginia
1950William Kerr ScottLL.DGovernor of North Carolina
1950Goodrich Cook WhiteLL.DPresident, Emory University
1950Louis Booker WrightD.H.Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
1949Beatrice CobbLL.DEditor and Publisher
1949Harry Fulcher ComerLL.DSecretary of the YMCA
1949John Rood CunninghamLL.DPresident, Davidson College and Pastor
1949Robert Bingham DownsLL.DDirector of the Library and Library School
1949Norman FoersterLitt.DAuthor and Editor
1949Gordon GrayLL.DPresident of the Piedmont Publishing Company and Owner of the Winston-Salem Journal
1949Carl Vernon ReynoldsLL.DMedical Doctor of the University of the City of New York
1949James WebbLL.DAttorney in the office of O. Max Gardner and Major, U.S. Marine Corps
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