May 18, 1998|
VOL. 27, NO. 35
University To Recognize Six With Honorary Degrees
Doctor of Humane Letters degrees will be awarded for
contributions to world
On May 21, six distinguished individuals will be recognized
for their contributions to the world by being presented with the
honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from The Johns
Rahmi Mustafa Koç, Corbin Gwaltney, Sam Shapiro, Leon
Schlossberg and Rita Sussmuth will receive their degrees at the
university-wide commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m.; Elizabeth
Dole will receive hers at the undergraduate diploma award
ceremony, at which she will be the guest speaker, at 2:30 p.m.
Both events are in the Gilman Quadrangle. The six recipients are
In recognition of vigorous commitment to public service and
Elizabeth Dole, head of the
American Red Cross, has
five U.S. presidents and, as wife of presidential candidate and
former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, was a powerful voice for themes of
national significance during the 1996 presidential campaign.
Dole worked in the Nixon administration, first
affairs, then for five years on the Federal Trade Commission. In
the Reagan administration, she became the first woman to hold the
post of secretary of transportation, and in 1989, she was
appointed secretary of labor by President Bush. In 1991, she was
named president of the American Red Cross.
Rahmi Mustafa Koç
For outstanding contributions in business and philanthropy
The son of one of Turkey's premier businessmen, Rahmi
Mustafa Koç was born to a dual obligation: to develop the
enterprises his father founded and to become a leading citizen.
He completed his education at Hopkins in the 1950s and returned
to Turkey, working with Koç Holding, the family business
Turkey's largest and best-managed enterprise, guiding more than
125 individual companies and employing 36,000 people.
The Koç family has enhanced Turkey's
sponsoring public projects including a hospital and a museum and
by founding and entirely funding a university.
Koç also has assisted Turkish students
studying at the Johns
Hopkins Bologna Center.
For outstanding service to education and its professionals
Corbin Gwaltney's weekly publication, the
Higher Education, is the primary news source for academic
professionals throughout the country. His love of higher
education began at Hopkins, where he earned a bachelor's degree
in 1943. After teaching in the English Department, he was
founding editor of Johns Hopkins
Magazine from 1949 to 1959.
From the basement of 3301 N. Charles St., he
alumni editors began to publish a weekly newsletter called the
15-minute Report, which, by 1966, had spawned the Chronicle of
Higher Education. Gwaltney has been its editor in chief for
Researcher and teacher
For changing the face of American health care in this
Sam Shapiro, professor emeritus of
health policy and
management in the School of
Public Health, began studying infant
mortality in the 1940s, a time when there was no field of
research that investigated the relationship between health care
systems and patient outcomes.
The research methodologies he developed, which
fruition in his landmark work on mammography, have become the
foundation for an entire research discipline. American health
policy-makers and the health care industry have come to rely on
the research he pioneered. The breast cancer study produced
recommendations for routine mammography that have helped
thousands of women survive breast cancer.
At 84, he continues to conduct an astonishing
research, which continually reveals new ways to organize services
so that those who need care receive it.
For using art to reveal the body's truths and to guide the
Considered for more than two decades the greatest living
medical illustrator, Leon Schlossberg is chief medical
illustrator for the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins,
conveying pioneering techniques from the university's operating
rooms to surgeons throughout the world.
He received his training in the Hopkins
Department of Art as
Applied to Medicine, studying under Max Bridel, who brought
field to the United States early in this century.
But for a brief stint in the Navy during World
War II, he
has been serving faculty and students ever since. His love of
anatomy has produced the exquisite Atlas of Functional Anatomy.
First published in 1975, the atlas reached its fourth edition
last year and exists in 11 languages.
President of the Federal German Parliament
For exemplifying the tradition of the engaged scholar
From her position as a professor of education at the
University of Dortmund and director of the Research Institute on
Women and Society in Hannover, Rita Sussmuth was called by her
political party to become minister for family, youth and health,
and later to become president of the Federal German
She has advanced controversial positions so
she has persuaded not only her own party but opposing parties as
well to act on issues of social justice. She has argued for
politically unpopular views, defending the law of asylum, urging
acknowledgment of the Oder-Niesse River as the border between
Poland and Germany and questioning a chosen leader of her own
party due to his past association with National Socialism. She
has advanced women's issues, making it easier for women to raise
families while maintaining economic independence.
About the Graduates
The total number of earned degrees, certificates and diplomas
awarded to full-time and part-time graduates is expected to be
4,865, as of May 1, 1998:
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