Nine Brown alumni to receive honorary degrees
April 27, 2014 | Contact: Mark Nickel | 401-863-1638
Brown University continues the 250th anniversary celebration of its founding by awarding honorary degrees to nine University alumni. The degrees, to be conferred at the 246th Commencement on Sunday, May 25, 2014, will honor the achievements of music educator Lee Berk '64; teacher Beatrice E. Coleman '25 (awarded posthumously); author Jeffrey Eugenides '82; physician Arthur Horwich '72, M.D.'75; electrical engineer Mary Lou Jepsen '87, Ph.D. '97; entertainment executive Debra Lee '76; author Lois Lowry '58; ecologist Nalini Nadkarni '76; and Thomas Perez '83, U.S. secretary of labor.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — At its 246th Commencement Sunday, May 25, 2014, Brown University will confer honorary doctorates on nine distinguished alumni: Lee Berk ’64, former president of Berklee College of Music and an advocate for broader community programs of musical education;
- Beatrice E. Coleman ’25, schoolteacher, church musician, and former secretary of the NAACP’s New England Regional Conference (awarded posthumously);
- Jeffrey Eugenides ’82, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and author;
- Arthur Horwich ’72, M.D.’75, physician, geneticist, and cellular biochemist;
- Mary Lou Jepsen ’87, Ph.D. ’97, electrical engineer and innovator of computer-driven graphic displays;
- Debra L. Lee ’76, chairman and CEO of BET Networks;
- Lois Lowry ’58, award-winning children’s author;
- Nalini Nadkarni ’76, forest ecologist and science communicator; and
- Thomas Perez ’83, civil rights attorney and U.S. secretary of labor.