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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 9 (June 1948)

University honors famous Americans,   p. 37


Page 37


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   FOUR OUTSTANDING Amer-
icans in the fields of science re-
search, business and industry,
and military service will be hon-
ored by the University of Wis-
consin at its 95th Commencement
in the University Field House at
historic Camp Randall on Satur-
day, June 19.
   On recommendation of the fac-
ulty, the University B o a r d of
Regents has approved the grant-
ing of honorary degrees to these four
American leaders at the annual Com-
mencement exercises this year:
  General -Omar BRADLEY, chief of
staff of the United States Army, Doc-
tor of Laws;
  Alice EVANS, MA '10, Chevy Chase,
Md., internationally known American
bacteriologist, Doctor of Science;
  Warren WEAVER, '16, New York,
director of the Division of Natural
Sciences of the Rockefeller Foundation,
Doctor of Laws; and
  Harold S. FALK, '06, Wisconsin in-
dustrialist, and president of the Falk
Corporation, Milwaukee, D o c t o r of
Laws.
  Gen. Bradley was born in Missouri.
He was graduated from the U. S. Mili-
tary Academy in 1915 and served in
World War I. He won distinction at the
Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Ga.,
after the first world war, and became
a recognized authority  on  infantry
weapons and infantry small unit tac-
tics. He later served as assistant pro-
fessor of mathematics at West Point.
  He made a brilliant record in World
War II, serving in North Africa,
Bizerte, Sicily, and Normandy cam-
paigns, and he came to be known as
'theI's General." He developed the
officer candidate system used by all
branches of the Army during the war.
  Dr. Weaver was born in Reedsburg,
Wis., and earned three degrees at the
University of Wisconsin, his bachelor
of science degree in 1916, his civil engi-
neering degree in 1917, and his doctor
of philosophy degree in 1921. He served
on the faculty of the University math-
ematics department from 1920 to 1932,
when he became director of the Division
of Natural Sciences of the Rockefeller
Foundation.
  Miss Evans, a native of Pennsylvania,
received her bachelor of science degree
from  Cornell University in 1909, and
then did her graduate work at the
University of C hi c a g o and George
Washington University, as well as at
Wisconsin. She   did  research work
at Wisconsin in dairy bacteriology on
the ripening of cheddar cheese, and
later, in the research laboratories of the
dairy division of the Bureau of Animal
Husbandry of the USDA, she continued
her studies of cheese ripening.
  Miss Evans' outstanding contribu-
tions to human knowledge of immunity
and medical bacteriology won for her
world-wide renown as one of the lead-
ing woman bacteriologists in the his-
tory of this science.
  Mr. Falk received his bachelor of
science degree from the University of
contributions to American culture and
welfare.
  Prof. Joseph Fichlin of Missouri
State College heads the distinguished
parade as the first recipient of an hon-
orary degree from the UW. Through
the years other greats (and a few not-
so-greats, one of whose degrees was
revoked) have followed in his footsteps.
  Ignominious object of the revocation
was Ambassador von Bernsdorff, LLD
'10, Germany's 1914 envoy to the US,
who received his degree in 1910 and
lost it during World War I, only to be
reinstated in 1932.
               * *   *
  Wisconsin's honorary degrees were
signposts on the road to fame for
Robert Marion LaFollette, LLD    '01,
Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., LLD '38,
John Dewey, LLD '04, James Bryce,
LLD '08, Charles Lindbergh, LLD '28,
Marvin Rosenberry, LLD '30, Kath-
erine Cornell, Litt. D. '36, Hans V.
Kaltenborn, LLD, '39, Alfred Lunt,
Litt. D. '41, Lynn Fontanne, Litt. D.
'41, Hu Shih, LLD '42, William D.
Leahy, LLD '43, and Douglas Mac-
Arthur, LLD '42. The general was the
only recipient of all time to receive his
degree in absentia; it was awarded
shortly after the fall of Bataan.
  Others on the roll of honor include
Maude Adams, Litt. D. '27, Carl
Schurz, LLD '05, Hamlin 'Garland, Litt.
D. '26, Walter Lippmann, LLD '27, Al-
fred N. Whitehead, D. Sc. '26, George
Santayana, Litt. D. '11, Frederick Jack-
son Turner, Litt. D. '21, Herbert Bol-
ton, LLD '45, Edna St. Vincent Millay,
Litt. D. '33, Thomas C. Chamberlin,
PhD '83, LLD '04, D. Sc. '20, Jane
Addams, LLD '04, Alexander C. Botkin,
'LLD '04, John Bascom, LLD '05, Ed-,
ward A. Birge, LLD '15, Stephen M.
Babcock, D. Sc. '17, George T AHaghti
MA '28, Zona Gale Breese, Litt. D. '29,
John R. Commons, LLD '31, Daniel W.
Mead, LLD '32, Guy Stanton Ford,
Litt. D. '33, Frances Perkins, LLD '33,
John Lucian Savage, D. Sc. '34, James
B. Conant, D. Sc. '35, Cordell Hull,
LLD '35, Harry Steenbock, D. Sc. '38,
Katherine Lenroot, LLD '38, Prince
Olav (of Norway), LLD '39, Joseph E.
Davies, LLD '41, Harry A. Bullis, LLD
'43, and Stanley C. Allyn, LLD '46.
  Since granting its first h o n o r a r y
degree the University has averaged
three per year. The 50th anniversary of
the first degree ever given by the Uni-
versity was observed in 1904 with the
granting of 50 honorary degrees. Hon-
orary titles range from   Doctor of
Letters to Master of Pharmacy.
  Occupationally speaking, the Univer-
sity has thus honored professors, min-
isters, j u d g e s, generals, diplomats,
actors, authors, industrialists, scien-
tists, scholars, a crown prince-and a
country doctor.
  Last year two famous Badgers were
awarded honorary degrees. They were
John H. Van Vleck, '20, Harvard Uni-
versity physicist, and George I. Haight,
'99, Chicago patent attorney. Following
the ceremonies Mr. Haight presented to
the University a portrait of Kemper
K. Knapp, '79, another Chicago attor-
ney, who gave the UW $2,000,000 in his
will for scholarships and lectureships.
                                  37
PROF. WILLIAM H. KtEKHOFER. PhD'13,
exchanged pleasantries with Robert M.
La Follette, Jr., LLD '38, following cere-
monies in which the former presented
the latter with an honorary degree at
the 1938 Commencement. Professor Kiek-
hofer is still chairman of the faculty's
committee on honorary degrees. The for-
mer US Senator is now a special Wash-
ington consultant.
Wisconsin in 1906, and was granted an
honorary master of science degree bv
Marquette University in 1930. Besides
his presidency of the Falk Corporation
of Milwaukee, he is active on the di-
rectorates of a large number of-highly
important and successful business en-
terprises.
   Mr. Falk is widely known for the
 part he has played in the apprentice-
 ship movement throughout the United
 States. For years he has constantly
 emphasized the social responsibility of
 manufacturers for the development of
 adequately trained mechanics and tech-
 nicians in their industries.
               *  * *
   Every Spring across the U n it e d
 States the officials of universities and
colleges big and small put their heads
together and compile a list of potential
candidates for honorary d e g r e e s.
Shortly thereafter the big men in gov-
ernment, business, and professional life
sort through their far-flung invitations
and weigh the relative merits of the
various offers. Such a decision faced
Secretary of State George Marshall
last year when both Wisconsin and
Harvard proposed to honor him. Mar-
shall chose Harvard and there pre-
sented his unique formula for Eu-
ropean   recovery which has s i n c e
achieved fame as the Marshall Plan.
   The choice was dictated by circum-
 stance. Wisconsin's commencement hap-
 pened to come at a time when foreign
 crises were keeping Marshall close to
 home base. Harvard's commencement
 came not only at a more convenient
 time, but required a shorter period of
 absence from official duties.
   Had Marshall chosen W i s c o n s i n,
 however, he would have joined the
 ranks of no-less-distinguished an as-
 semblage of honorary "graduates". In
 its 74 years of honorary-degree con-
 ferring the University of Wisconsin
 has recognized more than 250 outstand-
 ing men and women. The annual cus-
 tom, begun in 1874, is considered a
 primary means of encouraging further


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