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Honorary Doctorate Degrees Conferred

Alphabetical Listing/Summary by Year/Summary by Degree

By Date of Award

Year Honoree  (Degree)
William C. Preston (Doctor of Laws)
John Hendren (Doctor of Divinity)
Andrew Herron (Doctor of Divinity)
John McElhenny (Doctor of Divinity)
Ebenezer Pressly (Doctor of Divinity)
Samuel Williamson (Doctor of Divinity)
Henry Ruffner (Doctor of Laws)
James Moore Brown (Doctor of Divinity)
John W. Brockenbrough (Doctor of Laws)
John B. Minor (Doctor of Laws)
Richard Armstrong (Doctor of Divinity)
J. Calvin Grier (Doctor of Divinity)
Elias Harrison (Doctor of Divinity)
M. L. Staunton (Doctor of Divinity)
John Grammar (Doctor of Divinity)
Arthur Hopkins (Doctor of Laws)
William Leigh (Doctor of Laws)
Lucas P. Thompson (Doctor of Laws)
John H. Bocock (Doctor of Divinity)
John M. P. Atkinson (Doctor of Divinity)
James B. Ramsay (Doctor of Divinity)
(The Board also approved six honorary Master of Arts degrees for William H. Brooks, Andrew J. Hayslett, David G. Houston, David E. Laird, Jonathan H. Moore and Bennet W. Moseley. These degrees have not been included in the counts of this report.)
(The Board approved an honorary Master of Arts degree for C. Baker Davidson. This degree has not been included in the counts of this report.)
(The Board approved two honorary Master of Arts degrees for Carter Harris and James J. White. These degrees have not been included in the counts of this report.)
(The Board approved four honorary Master of Arts degrees for Harry Estill, H. Ruffner Morrison, John William Reily and William M. Wilson. These degrees have not been included in the counts of this report.)
(At this point in the records, a gap occurs in the awarding of honorary degrees. It is unlikely that honorary degrees were awarded during this period. The Board, several times during the interim, debated the awarding of honorary degrees. 
The minutes of the June 26-27, 1872, meeting include the following entries: 
"12. That it is deemed inexpedient to take any action, looking to the adoption of a special policy in conferring honorary degrees. The Faculty, however, are invited to make, from time to time, such nominations as they may judge suitable, under the restrictions presented in their report."
Also, "Prof I. L. Kirkpatrick, present by invitation, was called upon to put the Board more fully in possession of the views & wishes of the Faculty with regard to the granting of Hon. degrees. After Prof. K. has addressed the Board at some length & had retired, the Board discussed very fully the whole question and then in motion agreed to confer the following degrees...")
William T. Joynes (Doctor of Laws)
Alexander McAusland (Doctor of Divinity)
Richard C. L. Moncure (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas L. Preston (Doctor of Divinity)
Judah P. Benjamin (Doctor of Laws)
John A. Campbell (Doctor of Laws)
Joseph Cottrell (Doctor of Divinity)
H. Herbert Harris (Doctor of Divinity)
Samuel R. Houston (Doctor of Divinity)
John Percival (Doctor of Divinity)
John W. Pratt (Doctor of Divinity)
Vincent L. Bradford (Doctor of Laws)
Nahum Capen (Doctor of Laws)
J. William Jones (Doctor of Divinity)
William F. Junkin (Doctor of Divinity)
John Kinnear (Doctor of Divinity)
James T. Leftwich (Doctor of Divinity)
Richard R. Mason (Doctor of Divinity)
R. H. McKim (Doctor of Divinity)
Samuel Rodgers (Doctor of Divinity)
William Henry Ruffner (Doctor of Laws)
W. G. Coe (Doctor of Divinity)
William Preston Johnston (Doctor of Laws)
Charles O'Conor (Doctor of Laws)
Kensey J. Stewart (Doctor of Divinity)
C. R. Vaughan (Doctor of Divinity)
M. B. Wharton (Doctor of Divinity)
Wood Bouldin (Doctor of Laws)
Charles Mackay (Doctor of Laws)
Richard T. Davis (Doctor of Divinity)
James Neilson Lea (Doctor of Laws)
A. D. Pollock (Doctor of Divinity)
Hugh W. Sheffey (Doctor of Laws)
Alexander J. Beresford-Hope (Doctor of Laws)
John R. Bowman (Doctor of Divinity)
T. T. Eaton (Doctor of Divinity)
R. S. McCulloch (Doctor of Laws)
Kinloch Nelson (Doctor of Divinity)
Rt.-Rev. George W. Peterkin (Doctor of Divinity)
G. B. Strickler (Doctor of Divinity)
Franklin B. Gowen (Doctor of Laws)
Frederick George Lee (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert M. Wallace (Doctor of Divinity)
Henry M. White (Doctor of Divinity)
J. G. Armstrong (Doctor of Divinity)
Vincent L. Bradford (Doctor of Literature)
Matthew L. Lacy (Doctor of Divinity)
James Scott (Doctor of Divinity)
John Welsh (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas T. Everett (Doctor of Divinity)
G. Watson James (Doctor of Letters)
L. O. C. Lamar (Doctor of Laws)
Rodes Massie (Doctor of Letters)
Col. J. T. L. Preston (Doctor of Laws)
David W. Shanks (Doctor of Divinity)
George W. Cable (Doctor of Letters)
Henry E. Dwight (Doctor of Divinity)
Paul H. Hayne (Doctor of Laws)
John J. Lafferty (Doctor of Letters)
Judge Robert Ould (Doctor of Laws)
Walter Blair (Doctor of Letters)
John G. Carlisle (Doctor of Laws)
John W. Daniel (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas E. Peck (Doctor of Laws)
Charles R. Van Romondt (Doctor of Letters)
Col. Scott Shipp (Doctor of Letters)
James T. Latimer (Doctor of Divinity)
Rt.-Rev. A. M. Randolph (Doctor of Laws)
E. C. Burks (Doctor of Laws)
John Hall ((Doctor of Laws)
W. W. Landrum (Doctor of Divinity)
W. A. Leonard (Doctor of Divinity)
D. M. Rankin (Doctor of Divinity)
Lawrence Rust (Doctor of Laws)
John P. Strider (Doctor of Divinity)
James A. Waddell (Doctor of Divinity)
W. A. Wade (Doctor of Divinity)
Rt.-Rev. A. W. Wilson (Doctor of Laws)
George D. Armstrong (Doctor of Laws)
Samuel Brown (Doctor of Divinity)
A. C. Dixon (Doctor of Divinity)
Moses D. Hoge (Doctor of Laws)
Clements R. Markham (Doctor of Laws)
J. H. Waugh (Doctor of Divinity)
J. S. Gardner (Doctor of Divinity)
James Grammer (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert P. Ker (Doctor of Divinity)
A. K. McClure (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas Nelson Page (Doctor of Letters)
J. R. Sampey (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. W. A. Campbell (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. E. C. Dargan (Doctor of Divinity)
J. H. Gilmore (Doctor of Laws)
William Wirt Henry (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. S. S. Lambeth (Doctor of Divinity)
W. T. McAusland (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. J. W. Rosebro (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Henderson Suter (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert Watts (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Alexander Alison (Doctor of Divinity)
E. A. Allen (Doctor of Letters)
James H. Dillard (Doctor of Letters)
Rev. G. W. Finley (Doctor of Divinity)
T. M. Jackson (Doctor of Science)
Rev. J. A. Kern (Doctor of Divinity)
Samuel Marsh (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. W. M. McPheeters (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. E. A. Renouf (Doctor of Divinity)
William Taylor Thom (Doctor of Letters)
Joseph Addison Waddell (Doctor of Laws)
Edmund Pendleton (Doctor of Laws)
(None awarded)
Rev. A. M. Cackley (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. R. H. Fleming (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. J. H. Hundley (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Samuel MacCaullay Jackson (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. S. S. Moore (Doctor of Divinity)
Rt. Rev. George W. Peterkin (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. J. A. Preston (Doctor of Divinity)
Judge William J. Robertson (Doctor of Laws)
S. Z. Ammen (Doctor of Letters)
G. W. Beale (Doctor of Divinity)
A. R. Cocke (Doctor of Divinity)
Mercer P. Logan (Doctor of Divinity)
John McGill (Doctor of Divinity)
G. H. Ray (Doctor of Divinity)
General Scott Shipp (Doctor of Laws)
Hannis Taylor (Doctor of Laws)
L. G. Barbour (Doctor of Laws)
Alcee Fortier (Doctor of Letters)
William Strother Jones (Doctor of Divinity)
J. J. Lloyd (Doctor of Divinity)
Paul L. Menzel (Doctor of Divinity)
Roger Q. Mills (Doctor of Laws)
George C. Vanderslice (Doctor of Divinity)
Carter Helm Jones (Doctor of Divinity)
E. W. McCorkle (Doctor of Divinity)
Alexander W. Sproull (Doctor of Divinity)
June 1896  
Daniel Blain (Doctor of Divinity)
John Chamberlain (Doctor of Divinity)
Charles S. Hamlin (Doctor of Laws)
William Lindsay (Doctor of Laws)
Rt.-Rev. John B. Newton (Doctor of Divinity)
Rt.-Rev. James R. Winchester (Doctor of Divinity)
F. J. Brooke (Doctor of Divinity)
T. M. Carson (Doctor of Divinity)
General W. P. Craighill (Doctor of Laws)
James A. Harrison (Doctor of Laws)
Frank Page (Doctor of Divinity)
William McFaddin Alexander (Doctor of Divinity)
E. B. Kruttschnitt (Doctor of Laws)
Oscar Strauss (Doctor of Laws)
Goodridge A. Wilson (Doctor of Divinity)
Lt.-Col. F. G. R. Henderson (Doctor of Laws)
John S. Lindsay (Doctor of Laws)
Harrison Randolph (Doctor of Laws)
Charles S. M. See (Doctor of Divinity)
Gen. W. F. Draper (Doctor of Laws)
W. L. Prather (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas H. Somerville (Doctor of Laws)
(None awarded)
Lyman Hall (Doctor of Laws)
James Keith (Doctor of Laws)
Robert E. Blackwell (Doctor of Laws)
A. B. Kinsolving (Doctor of Divinity)
F. T. McFaden (Doctor of Divinity)
W. M. Morrison (Doctor of Divinity)
George Foster Peabody (Doctor of Laws)
Edward M. Shepard (Doctor of Laws)
Brown Ayres (Doctor of Laws)
L. M. Blackford (Doctor of Laws)
Rt.Rev. W. L. Gravatt (Doctor of Divinity)
Frank W. Lewis (Doctor of Divinity)
W. T. Price (Doctor of Divinity)
Herbert Welsh (Doctor of Laws)
W. McC. White (Doctor of Divinity)
Berryman Green (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert S. McCormick (Doctor of Laws)
W. H. Pleasants (Doctor of Laws)
Isodor Straus (Doctor of Laws)
D. L. Anderson (Doctor of Divinity)
Helm Bruce (Doctor of Laws)
Edward W. Carmack (Doctor of Laws)
Archdeacon Elliott (Doctor of Divinity)
Howard A. Kelly (Doctor of Laws)
R. K. Massie (Doctor of Divinity)
Kenneth G. Matheson (Doctor of Laws)
Alexander Lockhart Nelson (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas Nelson Page (Doctor of Laws)
Benjamin Sledd (Doctor of Letters)
Oswald Garrison Villard (Doctor of Letters)
Joseph Bryan (Doctor of Laws)
John M. Glenn (Doctor of Laws)
Hamilton Wright Mabie (Doctor of Laws)
William A. MacCorkle (Doctor of Laws)
Sidney Turner Moreland (Doctor of Laws)
Philip Alexander Bruce (Doctor of Laws)
Collins Denny (Doctor of Divinity)
John Yates Downhan (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert Latham Owen ((Doctor of Laws)
John Langhorne Williams (Doctor of Letters)
John Caldwell Calhoun (Doctor of Letters)
Wade Hampton Ellis (Doctor of Laws)
Abram David Pollock Gilmour (Doctor of Divinity)
Everard Meade (Doctor of Divinity)
George Frederick Parker (Doctor of Laws)
Absalom Sydenstricker (Doctor of Divinity)
George Earle Chamberlain (Doctor of Laws)
William Mead Clark (Doctor of Divinity)
Henry Tucker Graham (Doctor of Divinty)
William Uhler Hensel (Doctor of Laws)
Harry Bertram Lewis (Doctor of Divinity)
Edward R. Leyburn (Doctor of Divinity)
Jonathan W. Bachman (Doctor of Divinity)
John Stewart Bryan (Doctor of Letters)
Merle D'Aubigne (Doctor of Divinity)
Charles Alfred Graves (Doctor of Laws)
William Soule Hammond (Doctor of Divinity)
Joseph Rucker Lamar (Doctor of Laws)
Henry Bedinger Lee (Doctor of Divinity)
Thomas A. Ashley (Doctor of Laws)
Gamaliel Bradford (Doctor of Letters)
Gaillard Hunt (Doctor of Letters)
Harry White Myers (Doctor of Divinity)
Archer A. Plegar (Doctor of Laws)
Charles Beattie Alexander (Doctor of Letters)
Wilbur Cosby Bell (Doctor of Divinity)
George Hutcheson Denny (Doctor of Laws)
Francis T. A. Junkin (Doctor of Laws)
Duncan Campbell Lyle (Doctor of Letters)
Brown Craig Patterson (Doctor of Divinity)
Alfred P. Thom (Doctor of Laws)
J. Mercer Blain (Doctor of Divinity)
Josephus Daniels (Doctor of Letters)
Milton W. Humphreys (Doctor of Laws)
Holmes Rolston (Doctor of Divinity)
W. D. Smith (Doctor of Divinity)
J. E. Booker (Doctor of Divinity)
Charles William Dabney (Doctor of Laws)
John William Davis (Doctor of Laws)
Rt.-Rev. Robert Carter Jett (Doctor of Divinity)
J. A. McMurray (Doctor of Divinity)
William Reynolds Vance (Doctor of Laws)
Benjamin L. Ancell (Doctor of Divinity)
Henry W. Anderson (Doctor of Laws)
Newton D. Baker (Doctor of Laws)
Charles H. Grasty (Doctor of Letters)
L. E. Johnson (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Julius Kruttschnitt (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Hugh W. White (Doctor of Divinity)
Walter E. Addison (Doctor of Letters)
Edward D. Colston (Doctor of Laws)
Charles G. Crooks (Doctor of Laws)
Joseph D. Eggleston (Doctor of Laws)
Isham Randolph (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Charles R. Stribling (Doctor of Divinity)
John M. Wells (Doctor of Divinity)
Henry D. Flood (Doctor of Laws)
William A. Glasgow (Doctor of Laws)
Henry W. McLaughlin (Doctor of Divinity)
Charles F. Myers (Doctor of Divinity)
Wilfred Weaver Shaw (Doctor of Divinity)
William A. Webb (Doctor of Laws)
Douglas Southall Freeman (Doctor of Laws)
Judge Martin P. Burks (Doctor of Laws)
Samuel M. Glasgow (Doctor of Divinity)
Addison Hogue (Doctor of Letters)
J. B. Massy (Doctor of Divinity)
James A. McClure (Doctor of Divinity)
William Gibson Pendleton (Doctor of Divinity)
Westmoreland Davis (Doctor of Laws)
Charles Payne Fenner (Doctor of Laws)
Carter Glass (Doctor of Laws)
Harry Waddell Pratt (Doctor of Divinity)
William Chester White (Doctor of Divinity)
John Thomas Trible Hundley (Doctor of Divinity)
General E. W. Nichols (Doctor of Laws)
William McQuown Thompson (Doctor of Divinity)
Edward Virginius Valentine (Doctor of Laws)
John William Claudy (Doctor of Divinity)
John Henry Day (Doctor of Divinity)
Armistead Churchill Gordon (Doctor of Letters)
Thomas H. Harvey (Doctor of Laws)
Leonidas Willson Irwin (Doctor of Divinity)
Daniel Penick Junkin (Doctor of Divinity)
Joseph Luther Kelly (Doctor of Laws)
Matthew Page Andrews (Doctor of Letters)
William Waddell Arrowood (Doctor of Divinity)
John Sanford Cohen (Doctor of Laws)
Edward Theodore Dumble (Doctor of Science)
LeRoy Gresham (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert Alberti Lapsley, Jr. (Doctor of Divinity)
Rt.-Rev. William G. McDowell (Doctor of Divinity)
W. E. Davis (Doctor of Divinity)
Churchill J. Gibson (Doctor of Divinity)
Edward Christian Glass (Doctor of Laws)
James Melvin Lee (Doctor of Letters)
George A. Wauchope (Doctor of Letters)
Twyman Williams (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert Morton Hughes (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Donald William McDowell MacCluer (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Charles Chamberlin McNeill (Doctor of Divinity)
John Barton Payne (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Edward Everett Smith (Doctor of Divinity)
June 7, 1927  
Martin Wilie Littleton (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Willis Wilkinson Memminger (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Joseph James Murray (Doctor of Divinity)
June 5, 1928  
Rev. Cary Randolph Blain (Doctor of Divinity)
Hon. Harry Flood Byrd (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Herbert Ferrell Fitzpatrick (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Graham Gilmer (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. William Thomson Hanzsche (Doctor of Divinity)
John Holladay Latan� (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. William Thurmond Rivi�re (Doctor of Divinity)
June 4, 1929  
William Horner Cocke (Doctor of Laws)
LeRoy Hodges (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Henry Winston Holt (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Asa Richard Larrick (Doctor of Divinity)
William Robertson Perkins (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Oscar deWolfe Randolph (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Hubert Sydenstricker (Doctor of Divinity)
June 3, 1930  
Homer Lenoir Ferguson (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Arthur Graham Glasgow (Doctor of Science)
Rev. Glenn Gordon Martin (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Robert Whitfield Miles (Doctor of Divinity)
Robert Baylor Tunstall (Doctor of Laws)
June 9, 1931  
Rev. Vincent Chesley Franks (Doctor of Divinity)
General John Archer Lejeune (Doctor of Laws)
Frank Orren Lowden (Doctor of Laws)
Merlen Edwin Pew (Doctor of Laws)
William Thomas Reed (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Archibald Rutledge (Doctor of Literature)
June 7, 1932  
Rev. Robert McElwee Firebaugh (Doctor of Divinity)
John Clement Fitzpatrick (Doctor of Letters)
Rev. Devall Langhorne Gwathmey (Doctor of Divinity)
Colonel Edgar Erskine Hume (Doctor of Science)
Rev. William McElwee Miller (Doctor of Divinity)
Governor John Garland Pollard (Doctor of Laws)
Hon. Louis Arthur Watres (Doctor of Laws)
June 6, 1933  
Douglas Smith Anderson (Doctor of Science)
Rev. Kenneth Joseph Foreman (Doctor of Divinity)
Judge Duncan Lawrence Groner (Doctor of Laws)
John Hill Morgan (Doctor of Laws)
John Lloyd Newcomb (Doctor of Science)
Rev. Herbert Stabler Osburn (Doctor of Divinity)
Sir Joseph Charles Stamp (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Francis Campbell Symonds (Doctor of Divinity)
Ernest Trice Thompson (Doctor of Letters)
June 5, 1934  
Rev. Oscar Vance Armstrong (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Reginald Victor Bennett (Doctor of Divinity)
Bennett Champ Clark (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Charles Sylvester Green (Doctor of Divinity)
Scott Marion Loftin (Doctor of Laws)
Charles Delahunt Mahaffie (Doctor of Laws)
Effingham Buckley Morris (Doctor of Commercial Science)
June 7, 1935  
Oscar Caperton Huffman (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Allen Nevins (Doctor of Letters)
Henry Taylor Wickham (Doctor of Laws)
June 12, 1936  
Rev. Thomas William Fawthrop (Doctor of Divinity)
Junius Parker Fishburn (Doctor of Commercial Science)
William Taylor Thom, Jr. (Doctor of Science)
Rev. LeRoy Thompson (Doctor of Divinity)
June 11, 1937  
James Brian Bell, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
Craig Houston Patterson (Doctor of Divinity)
June 10, 1938  
George Allen Fleece (Doctor of Divinity)
Matthew Thompson McClure (Doctor of Letters)
June 9, 1939  
Rev. Harry Scott Coffey (Doctor of Divinity)
General Charles Evans Kilbourne (Doctor of Laws)
Samuel Colville Lind (Doctor of Science)
Colonel Francis Mallory (Doctor of Science)
Colonel Hunter Pendleton (Doctor of Laws)
June 7, 1940  
Edgar Graham Gammon (Doctor of Laws)
Rev. Holmes Rolston (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Thomas Henry Wright (Doctor of Divinity)
June 6, 1941  
Doctor William Allan (Doctor of Science)
Rev. James Edwin Bear (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Theodore Hubbard Evans (Doctor of Divinity)
Charles James Faulkner, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Junius Blair Fishburn (Doctor of Commercial Science)
May 26, 1942  
Edward Luther Green (Doctor of Letters)
Joseph Gregoire de Roulhac Hamilton (Doctor of Letters)
William Jackson Humphreys (Doctor of Science)
Rev. James Lindsay Patton (Doctor of Divinity)
January 24, 1943  
Charles Philip Snyder (Doctor of Laws)
May 19, 1943  
Rev. Lloyd Rutherford Craighill (Doctor of Divinity)
George R. Hunt (Doctor of Laws)
Frederick H. Osborn (Doctor of Laws)
Gaylord Joseph Stone (Doctor of Commercial Science)
April 29, 1944  
Rev. James Edwin Bethea (Doctor of Divinity)
Paul Dulaney Converse (Doctor of Laws)
Walter Garrett Riddick (Doctor of Laws)
April 28, 1905  
(None awarded)
June 1, 1946  
James Lewis Howe (Doctor of Science)
Rev. Louis Armistead McMurray (Doctor of Divinity)
June 6, 1947  
Thomas Perkins Abernethy (Doctor of Letters)
Jessie Ball duPont (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Rev. Lenoir Valentine Lee (Doctor of Divinity)
Rev. Russell Cartwright Stroup (Doctor of Divinity)
Fred M. Vinson (Doctor of Laws)
February 21, 1948  
Harold Clayton Urey (Doctor of Science)
April 12, 1948  
Donald Grady Davidson (Doctor of Letters)
William Clyde DeVane (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Urban Tigner Holmes, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
James Garfield Randall (Doctor of Letters)
Charles Sackett Sydnor (Doctor of Letters)
Charles Holt Taylor (Doctor of Letters)
David Elton Trueblood (Doctor of Letters)
David Herschell Wice (Doctor of Divinity)
June 4, 1948  
William Laurens Pressly (Doctor of Letters)
April 12, 1949  
Philip Bard (Doctor of Letters)
Jesse Wakefield Beams (Doctor of Science)
George Boas (Doctor of Laws)
Albert Compton Broders (Doctor of Science)
Hadley Cantril (Doctor of Laws)
Harold Willis Dodds (Doctor of Laws)
William Maurice Ewing (Doctor of Science)
Robert Herndon Fife (Doctor of Letters)
William Best Hesseltine (Doctor of Letters)
Frank Alexander Juhan (Doctor of Divinity)
William Whatley Pierson (Doctor of Laws)
Gordon Thomas Whyburn (Doctor of Science)
Erich Walter Zimmermann (Doctor of Laws)
May 11, 1949  
Archibald C. Buchanan (Doctor of Laws)
John William Eggleston (Doctor of Laws)
Jake Fisher (Doctor of Laws)
Herbert Bailey Gregory (Doctor of Laws)
Frederick Deane Goodwin Ribble (Doctor of Laws)
Abram Penn Staples (Doctor of Laws)
Arthur T. Vanderbilt (Doctor of Laws)
June 18, 1949  
James Francis Byrnes (Doctor of Laws)
Colgate Whitehead Darden (Doctor of Laws)
Abner McGehee Harvey (Doctor of Science)
Marion Montague Junkin (Doctor of Arts)
Richard Jacquelin Marshall (Doctor of Laws)
Arthur Williamson McCain (Doctor of Laws)
A. Willis Robertson (Doctor of Laws)
Thomas Joseph Sugrue (Doctor of Letters)
William Taliaferro Thompson (Doctor of Divinity)
William Munford Tuck (Doctor of Laws)
June 9, 1950  
Nicholson Barney Adams (Doctor of Letters)
June 8, 1951  
Charles Cochran Fishburne, Jr. (Doctor of Divinity)
Frank Bell Lewis (Doctor of Laws)
Benjamin Obadiah Lynes (Doctor of Divinity)
June 6, 1952  
Turner Catledge (Doctor of Letters)
Kennon Caithness Whittle (Doctor of Laws)
June 5, 1953  
Alton Rufus Hyatt (Doctor of Laws)
June 4, 1954  
Thomas Van Braam Barrett (Doctor of Divinity)
James Nelson Montgomery (Doctor of Divinity)
June 3, 1955  
(None awarded)
June 8, 1956  
John Wilson Drye, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Wiley Davis Forbus (Doctor of Science)
Robert H. Tucker (Doctor of Laws)
Mabel Kate Whiteside (Doctor of Letters)
June 7, 1957  
Melville Irvine Dunn (Doctor of Science)
Archibald Belling Shepperson (Doctor of Letters)
February 7, 1958  
Theodore Floyd Adams (Doctor of Divinity)
Arnold Joseph Toynbee (Doctor of Humane Letters)
June 6, 1958  
Robert Glenn Craig (Doctor of Science)
Rosser Lynn Malone, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Joseph Clarke Robert (Doctor of Letters)
John Hellums Tucker, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 5, 1959  
Martin Parks Burks III (Doctor of Laws)
John Letcher Crist (Doctor of Commercial Science)
Charles Wesley Lowry (Doctor of Divinity)
Edgar Finley Shannon, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
June 3, 1960  
Fletcher Melvin Green (Doctor of Letters)
William McChesney Martin, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 2, 1961  
David K. E. Bruce (Doctor of Laws)
Stuart Thomas Saunders (Doctor of Laws)
June 8, 1962  
William Stanford Milburn (Doctor of Laws)
Robert Davis Powers, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
George Richard Edwin Shell (Doctor of Laws)
Robert Chester Smith (Doctor of Laws)
June 7, 1963  
Thomas Dionysius Clark (Doctor of Letters)
Francis Pendleton Gaines (Doctor of Laws)
Paul Neff Garber (Doctor of Divinity)
Benjamin Lewis Rawlins (Doctor of Laws)
Philip Dodson Sprouse (Doctor of Laws)
June 5, 1964  
Stuart Alexander MacCorkle (Doctor of Laws)
Samuel Lucas Raines (Doctor of Science)
Andrew Tod Roy (Doctor of Laws)
Louis Booker Wright (Doctor of Laws)
June 4, 1965  
Arthur Stanley Link (Doctor of Letters)
William Clarence Norman (Doctor of Laws)
Matthew White Paxton (Doctor of Laws)
Richard Porter Thomsen (Doctor of Laws)
June 3, 1966  
Hugh Graham Morison (Doctor of Laws)
Harry Melvin Philpott (Doctor of Laws)
Charles Marvin Williams (Doctor of Laws)
June 2, 1967  
Moss William Armistead (Doctor of Laws)
Lucius C. Clay (Doctor of Laws)
Wilbur C. Hall (Doctor of Laws)
Whitney J. Oates (Doctor of Letters)
June 7, 1968  
Cleanth Brooks (Doctor of Letters)
Fred Carrington Cole (Doctor of Laws)
Fred M. Vinson, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Henry I. Willett (Doctor of Laws)
June 6, 1969  
Frank Arthur Geldard (Doctor of Science)
Frank Johnson Gilliam (Doctor of Laws)
Lloyd Hollingsworth Smith, Jr. (Doctor of Science)
Luther Wesley White III (Doctor of Laws)
Robert H. Williams (Doctor of Science)
June 5, 1970  
Mills E. Godwin, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Walter Edward Hoffman (Doctor of Laws)
Forrest Carlisle Pogue (Doctor of Letters)
June 4, 1971  
Daniel Blain (Doctor of Science)
Jerome Heartwell Holland (Doctor of Laws)
Linwood Holton (Doctor of Laws)
Edwin Hyde (Doctor of Laws)
June 1, 1972  
Eudora Welty (Doctor of Letters)
John Bell Towill (Doctor of Laws)
Robert M. White II (Doctor of Laws)
Lloyd Edson Worner (Doctor of Laws)
May 31, 1973  
Fielder Cook (Doctor of Fine Arts)
Christoph Keller, Jr. (Doctor of Divinity)
Mary Monroe Penick (Doctor of Fine Arts)
May 30, 1974  
Alexander Marrs Harman, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
James Graham Leyburn (Doctor of Letters)
Robert Owen Paxton (Doctor of Letters)
Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
May 29, 1975  
Asbury Christian Compton (Doctor of Laws)
Charles Rice McDowell, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
Victor F. Marshall (Doctor of Science)
June 3, 1976  
Anne Armstrong (Doctor of Laws)
Augustus Lea Booth (Doctor of Laws)
Richard Logan Irby (Doctor of Laws)
Roger Harrison Mudd (Doctor of Letters)
Howard Nemerov (Doctor of Letters)
May 26, 1977  
Almand Rouse Coleman (Doctor of Laws)
Marvin Banks Perry, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Hiram Emory Widener, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 1, 1978  
M. Caldwell Butler (Doctor of Laws)
John T. Fey (Doctor of Laws)
Peter Hillsman Taylor (Doctor of Letters)
Henry A. Turner, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
Robert Richard Witt (Doctor of Laws)
June 7, 1979  
Harry Lyons (Doctor of Science)
John David Maguire (Doctor of Letters)
Ruth Parmly (Doctor of Humane Letters)
John Francis Watlington, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 5, 1980  
Ernest Lovell Becker (Doctor of Science)
Edward M. Korry (Doctor of Laws)
Rupert Nelson Latture (Doctor of Laws)
Edwin Alexander Morris (Doctor of Laws)
June 4, 1981  
William Emerson Brock III (Doctor of Laws)
Irwin Taylor Sanders (Doctor of Letters)
Sol Wachtler (Doctor of Laws)
June 3, 1982  
Katherine Womeldorf Paterson (Doctor of Letters)
Everett Tucker, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Edwin Darracott Vaughn, Jr., M.D. (Doctor of Science)
June 2, 1983  
Mary Tyler Freeman Cheek (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Leslie Cheek, Jr. (Doctor of Fine Arts)
William Webb Pusey III (Doctor of Letters)
Roscoe Bolar Stephenson, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
May 31, 1984  
Edward Powers Bassett (Doctor of Laws)
Robert Edward Royall Huntley (Doctor of Laws)
Robert Adam Mosbacher (Doctor of Laws)
June 6, 1985  
George Barksdale Craddock (Doctor of Science)
Harold Nelson Hill, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Hazel O'Dell Williams (Doctor of Humane Letters)
C. Vann Woodward (Doctor of Letters)
June 5, 1986  
Joseph Leonard Goldstein (Doctor of Science)
Charles Spittal Robb (Doctor of Laws)
Lynda Johnson Robb (Doctor of Humane Letters)
William Belser Spong, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 4, 1987  
George Law Cawkwell (Doctor of Humane Letters)
John W. Hancock, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Frederick J. Perry (Doctor of Laws)
June 2, 1988  
Leon Bates (Doctor of Fine Arts)
Philippe C. Labro (Doctor of Letters)
Paul F. Miller, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 1, 1989  
Frank Batten (Doctor of Letters)
Edmund D. Campbell (Doctor of Laws)
Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell (Doctor of Letters)
O. Hunter McClung (Doctor of Science)
June 7, 1990  
James Corner Fenhagen (Doctor of Divinity)
Elmon Taylor Gray (Doctor of Laws)
Omer Lee Hirst (Doctor of Laws)
Robert Reynold Merhige, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 6, 1991  
Richard L. Duchossois (Doctor of Laws)
Reynolds Price (Doctor of Letters)
Leander J. Shaw, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Samuel R. Spencer, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
June 4, 1992  
Victoria E. Bond (Doctor of Fine Arts)
Paula Pimlott Brownlee (Doctor of Letters)
James Randolph Olin (Doctor of Laws)
June 3, 1993  
J. Alfred Broaddus (Doctor of Laws)
Cy Twombly (Doctor of Fine Arts)
Ernest Williams II (Doctor of Laws)
June 2, 1994  
Evan Jennings Kemp, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
Richard Green Lugar (Doctor of Laws)
June 1, 1995  
James William Head III (Doctor of Science)
Henry William Hoffman (Doctor of Letters)
June 6, 1996  
John Hope Franklin (Doctor of Letters)
James Jinkins Livesay (Doctor of Science)
John Delane Wilson (Doctor of Letters)
May 11, 1997  
Sherwood Willing Wise (Doctor of Laws)
June 5, 1997  
Wendy Doniger (Doctor of Letters)
George Evans Goodwin, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
John Malcolm McCardell, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
May 17, 1998  
Honoria Josephine Yvonne Scannell (Doctor of Laws)
June 4, 1998  
Joseph Carter Fox (Doctor of Letters)
Carol Spaulding Fox (Doctor of Letters)
Walter F. Sullivan (Doctor of Letters)
August 24, 1998  
John Minor Wisdom (Doctor of Laws)
January 19, 1999  
Derek Bok (Doctor of Laws)
May 16, 1999  
William H. Rehnquist (Doctor of Laws)
Roy Lee Steinheimer, Jr. (Doctor of Laws)
June 3, 1999  
Edward Cabell Brand (Doctor of Letters)
Rita Frances Dove (Doctor of Letters)
Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy (Doctor of Laws)
Peter James Lee (Doctor of Letters)
May 14, 2000  
Oliver White Hill (Doctor of Laws)
June 1, 2000  
John Palmer Fishwick (Doctor of Letters)
Jeffrey Gray (Doctor of Science)
Alice Mitchell Rivlin (Doctor of Letters)
June 7, 2001  
Elizabeth Helen Cooper (Doctor of Letters)
Homer Edwin Derrick, Jr. (Doctor of Letters)
Theodore J. Edlich III (Doctor of Letters)
June 6, 2002  
Reginald Brack (Doctor of Letters)
Mimi Cobb Milner Elrod (Doctor of Letters)
Farris Pierson Hotchkiss (Doctor of Letters)
June 5, 2003  
(None awarded)
June 3, 2004  
H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Marguerite Lenfest (Doctor of Humane Letters)
June 2, 2005  
John William Warner III (Doctor of Humane Letters)
May 15, 2006  
Thomas R. Shepherd (Doctor of Laws)
Nancy H. Shepherd (Doctor of Laws)
June 1, 2006  
Joella Mitchell Morris (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Stewart Morris (Doctor of Humane Letters)
Beverly Daniel Tatum (Doctor of Letters)




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