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SUBJECT: Memorial University names honorary degree recipients for fall 2003 convocation ceremony
DATE: Sept. 5
Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton and historian Natalie Zemon Davis will be awarded honorary degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland at next month's convocation ceremony. Memorial's annual fall convocation takes place Friday, Oct 17, at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre. Over 600 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be awarded during two sessions of convocation. As well, five faculty members will be awarded the designation professor emeritus.
John Bruton will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 10 a.m. session of convocation. Mr. Bruton is a lawyer and farm owner, and a member of the centrist Fine Gael party. He studied in University College Dublin, from which he received a bachelor of arts degree, before studying to become a barrister in the King's Inn. He was first elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and during the 1970s served as a junior minister. In Fine Gael cabinets during the 1980s, he was minister for industry, trade, commerce, and tourism and finance minister. He became party leader in 1990 and was subsequently prime minister (1994-97), heading a three-party left-right coalition. As prime minister, Mr. Bruton promoted peace in Northern Ireland. Firmly opposed to the IRA, he suggested that only a majority vote by Ulster could lead to its incorporation into Ireland. In 1995 Mr. Bruton successfully campaigned for constitutional changes allowing divorce in the Irish Republic. He resigned as leader of Fine Gael in 2001. Currently, Mr. Bruton is vice-president of the European People's Party and vice-president of the Christian Democrat International.
Natalie Zemon Davis
|Natalie Zemon Davis|
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Those receiving the designation professor emeritus are: Dr. Gerhard Bassler, History; Dr. George Fodor, Medicine; Dr. Gordon Handcock, Geography; Dr. Maxwell House, Medicine; and Dr. Rasul A. Khan, Biology. The category of professor emeritus is open only to retired members of the faculty. To be eligible, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.
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