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Honorary Degree Recipients

2014

Dorothy Lichtenstein: 
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honorary Degree Conferred at the Main Commencement Ceremony

Dorothy Lichtenstein is famous for the extraordinary passion, wisdom and generous commitment she brings to the arts. She is president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, through which she encourages a broad understanding of contemporary art and culture. As a member of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees since 2008, she has been an important patron of the University’s arts programs on the East End of Long Island, in particular the graduate programs in the arts at Stony Brook Southampton and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Her dedication doesn’t stop there. Lichtenstein’s leadership and generosity extend to the University as a whole — from scholarships to students on campus to research about human evolution at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya. An active participant of the contemporary art scene since the early 1960s, Lichtenstein worked at the pioneering Bianchini Art Gallery in New York City after attending Beaver College. The Gallery, which specialized in emerging pop art, made a splash with its 1964 “American Supermarket” exposition, in which works of then little-known young artists — such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist — were offered for sale in bins. The following year, she edited Pop Art One, which documented the early New York Pop Art Movement in an innovative portfolio design. It was through the “American Supermarket” that she met artist Roy Lichtenstein, whom she married in 1968. After Roy’s death in 1997, she established the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, which currently has 5,200 Roy Lichtenstein works in its catalogue. In recognition of her work supporting the arts, Dorothy Lichtenstein was awarded an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2001. In addition to her commitment to Stony Brook, she has been a trustee of the Parrish Art Museum since 2000, has served on the Leadership Council of the New York Stem Cell Council Foundation and on the Board of Studio in a School, an organization that provides students with a meaningful visual arts experience through partnerships between artists and educators in New York City Schools. Most recently, she curated the first Roy Lichtenstein retrospective in two decades. Because of her contributions to the arts, her commitment to science and stem cell research, her unwavering support of the Long Island arts community, her careful stewardship of the artistic legacy of her husband, Roy Lichtenstein, and her continuing commitment to Stony Brook University, we are honored to bestow upon Dorothy Lichtenstein the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

David Walt: Doctor of Science
Honorary Degree Conferred at the Doctoral Ceremony

David Walt ’79, the Robinson Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University, has been a leader in the application of micro- and nano-technologies to urgent biological problems. His laboratory at Tufts is world-renowned for its pioneering work in fiber-optic microarray technology, which is used in the detection of infectious diseases, diagnostics for cancer biomarkers and answering fundamental questions on basic biological processes. Walt has received numerous national and international awards and honors for his fundamental and applied work in the field of optical sensors and arrays. Walt’s scientific career began after he graduated from Stony Brook University with his PhD in Chemistry in 1979. After two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he became an assistant professor at Tufts University in 1981, where he has worked ever since, serving for eight years as chair of the Department of Chemistry. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and holds more than 60 patents. Outside his lab, Walt and his organic chemistry and biochemistry students are devoted to bringing the excitement of science to the public through an active program with local schools in which Tufts students help integrate new science into the K–12 curriculum. In 2012 he received a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health. This grant will allow Walt to establish a core sequencing facility for educational purposes, create an entry-level, research-based course for high school students, and continue his longtime focus on outreach to local K–12 students and teachers in the area of science education. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Walt is the scientific founder and director of Illumina Inc., a San Diego-based company and leader in genetic analysis, as well as scientific founder and director of Quanterix Corporation, based in Massachusetts, which is developing a next-generation platform for early disease diagnosis, with particular emphasis on early detection of cancers and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Walt’s contributions to the fields of micro- and nano-technology with biological applications have been truly groundbreaking. The companies that he helped found continue to lead in the practical application of scientific ideas to real-world problems. David Walt is among our most distinguished alumni, and the University is proud to grant him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. 

2013
Terence Netter: Doctor of Fine Arts
Nora D. Vokow: Doctor of Science

2012
Glenn Dubin
Richard J. Gambino
Sister Margaret Ann Landry
James Salter

2011
Henry Laufer
Marsha Laufer
Hyun-Soon Lee
Jane Lubchenco

2010
Gregg Smith
Eugene V. Thaw
Elwyn L. Simons

2009
Carolyn Porco
Charles Wurster
Liu Yangdong

2008
Norman F. Ramsey
Marilyn Hawrys Simons
James D. Wolfensohn

2007
Russell Mittermeier-Conservation Biology
Christopher Pendergast-Founder, Ride for Life and Medical Research Campaigner
W. Burghardt Turber-Civil Rights and Diversity

2006
Bernard A. Harris, Jr.-Astronaut

2005
Christopher Reeve–Actor and Activist (posthumously)
Charles A. Gargano–Business and Engineering

2004
Richard L. Gelfond–Business
Matthew J. Cody–Philanthropist for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

2003
Robert Shaler–Forensic Biologist
David E. Acker–Scientist and Inventor
George Booth–Cartoonist
Barry Spencer Coller–Medical Researcher and Inventor

2002
Bruce Stillman—Medical Research and Academics
Loni Ding—Filmmaker and Educator
Robert L. Gallucci—Foreign Service
Meave Leaky—Human Evolution
John H. Marburger—Physics

2001
John Hennessy—Electrical Engineering, Business, and Academics
Susan Solomon—Atmospheric Sciences
Erwin Staller—Philanthropist for the Arts

2000
John Belle—Architect
James A. Hayward—Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Albert Murray—Author and Cultural Critic
George Williams—Biologist

1999
Bruce Alberts—Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
John H. Coleman—Engineering and Business
Charles Johnson—Author
June E. Osborn—Medicine and Research
Chen Ning Yang—Theoretical Physics

1998
Hayward Cirker—Publishing
E. Virgil Conway—Business and Public Service
Richard E.F. Leakey—Anthropology
T. Alexander Pond—Physics
Chang-Lin Tien—Engineering

1997
Norman Mercer—Artist
Myung Oh—Business
Suzie Orbach—Psychotherapist

1996
Kenneth Chenault—Community Service/Business
Gerald Leeds Community Service
Lilo Leeds—Community Service
Sheldon Weinig—Scientist/Teacher

1995
Robert Blackburn—Artist/Teacher
Dennis Puleston—Scientist/Teacher Conservationist
Kwon-Ting Li—Physics/Economic Development
P. Roy Vagelos—Biomedical

1994
Akito Arima—Physics
Joycelyn Elders—Surgeon General
Robert Paxton—Historian

1993
Howard Green—Medicine

1992
Gertrude Elion—Scientist
Nina Totenberg—Broadcaster, National Public Radio
James Simons—Services to Higher Education/Philanthropy

1991
Isabel Allende—Writer
Mathilde Krim—Aids Research/Education

1990
Paul Lauterbur—Chemistry
John Toll—Services to Higher Education
Gary Becker—Economics
Dalai Lama—Services to Humanity and Promotion of World Peace

1989
Joan Wallach Scott—History
Karl Turekian—Geochemistry
Martinus Veltman—Physics
Sir Run Run Shaw—Philanthropy
Lin Ma—Development of Higher Education in Hong Kong and Education Exchange

1988
Richard Doll—Medicine
Bernard Greenhouse—Music
Barrett Hazeltine—Engineering
Theodore Lowi—Political Science
Frederick Morgan—Poet-Editor
Carl Schorske—History
Robert Weinberg—Medicine

1987
Albert Banduar—Psychology
Wayne Clayson Booth—English
Umberto Eco—Semiotics
Donald Ervin Knuth—Computer Science

1986
Richard Garwin—Physics
Eric Kandel—Neurobiology
William Riker—Political Science

1985
Salo Baron—History of Judaism
Margaret Burbidge—Astrophysics
S.S. Chern—Mathematics
Betty Friedan—Writer-Feminist
Henry Taube—Chemistry

1984
Lipman Bers—Mathematics
Lee Krasner—Artist
Henri Peyre—French Literature
Sarah Ratner—Biology
Sewall Wright—Biology

1983
Maurice Goldhaber—Physics
Barbara McClintock—Biology
Bayard Rustin—Public Service
Lewis Thomas—Medicine

 


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