Honorary Degree Recipients

Name of RecipientDate/DegreeRemarks
Andrew Sledd June 1909 DD First UF President, to July 1909. Later professor of Bible and Greek at Emory University.
William F. Blackman June 1910 LLD President of Rollins College
Thomas M. Shackleford June 1910 LDD Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
Albert H. Walker June 1916 LittD Director of the State School for Deaf and Blind at St. Augustine
William Spencer Currell June 1916 LLD President of the University of South Carolina
Edward Rawson Flint June 1919 LLD First professor of chemistry at UF. Inspector of Land Grant colleges from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Fons A. Hathaway June 1919 LLD AB 1902, UF. Superintendent of Public Instruction of Duval County
George Morgan Ward June 1919 LLD Acting President of Rollins College, member of its Board of Trustees at Rollins
Peter Henry Rolfs Dec. 1920 DSc Dean of Coll. of Agriculture and Director of the Experiment Station. Later director of a state college in Brazil.
Philip Keyes Yonge June 1921 LLD President of Southern States Lumber Company of Pensacola. Chairman, Florida State Board of Control, 1910-17 and 1922-32
Nathan P. Bryan May 1923 LLD U.S. Senator, 1911-17. 1st Chair of the Board of Control, later Fed. Dist. Judge in New Orleans
William Jennings Bryan May 1923 LLD Eminent statesman and lawyer, churchman and lecturer. Democratic candidate for U.S. President in 1896.
Harvey Warren Cox May 1923 LLD Professor of Philosophy, 1911-20. Dean of Teachers College, 1916-20.
Roger W. Babson May 1927 LLD Prominent statistician and economist. Helped further interests of the state.
Eugene L. Wartmann May 1929 LLD Member of Legislature which passed Buckman Act. Member of Board of Control, 1907-29.
Orestes Ferrara June 1930 LLD Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cuba to U.S., 1926-30
Doyle E. Carleton June 1933 DCL Governor of Florida, 1929-30. Attorney in Tampa.
Duncan U. Fletcher Aug. 1933 LLD U.S. Senator from Florida, 1908-36
Albert J. Farrah June 1935 DCL First Dean of College of Law, 1910-12. Dean of Law School at University of Alabama.
Scott M. Loftin June 1935 DCL Prominent Florida Attorney. 58th president of American Bar Association; Chairman of University Endowment Corp., UF.
Charles Homes Herty June 1937 DSc Noted paper chemist; developed procedures for using pine pulp in paper manufacture.
Edward Conrad May 1939 LLD President, Florida State College for Women, 1909-41
David G. Fairchild May 1939 LLD Eminent botanist, lecturer, author
Marjorie K. Rawlings June 1941 LHD Well-known author; won O. Henry Memorial Prize and Pulitzer Prize. First woman to receive honorary degree from UF.
Raymond Robbins June 1941 LLD Social and civic leader; WW I Army officer, lecturer & world traveler. Degree conferred at his home in sanctuary at Chinsegut Hill, Florida, which he gave to U.S. gov’t., June 1941. First UF honorary degree conferred off campus.
Willis Manville Ball May 1942 LLD Editor of Florida Times Union (Jacksonville), 1902-47
Albert Hazan Blanding May 1942 LLD BA 1894, UF. Brigadier General in France, 1918-19. Chief of U.S. National Guard Bureau, 1936-40. Member, Board of Control, 1922-36.
Thomas Barbour May 1944 DSc Naturalist, teacher, author, world traveler. Director, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Interest in Florida’s wildlife and natural history. Presented UF with famous terrestrial Miocene vertebrate locality in Gilchrist County.
Eugene Terry Casler May 1944 DSc BS 1913, UF. Assisted in founding Nitrogen Fixation Industry in America. State chemist, later chemical director of a Florida Phosphate mining company, pioneered development of calcination of phosphate rock and new methods of rock mining and flotation.
Herman Gunter May 1944 DSc BS 1907, UF Geologist. Contributed to fundamental knowledge of Florida natural resources and helped in development of industry.
James Melton May 1945 MusD UF alumnus, 1921-23. Prominent actor, artist and singer. Appeared with Metropolitan Opera Association.
James Bryant Whitfield Sept. 1945 LLD Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court; longest tenure in history of court. Degree conferred in Tallahassee.
James A. Van Fleet Apr. 1946 LLD Former professor of military science and head football coach, UF. Distinguished in both world wars, Major General; commander of Third U.S. Army Corps in WW II.
William K. Jackson May 1946 LLD BS 1904, UF. Prosecuting Attorney and U.S. Attorney for Panama Canal Zone. President of U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Ralph Herbert Allee Mar. 1948 DSc Internationalist, agriculturist, former rep. of State Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture; Director of American Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Turriabla, Costa Rica.
Oliver C. Carmichael Mar. 1948 LLD Scholar, executive, statesman, former Chancellor, Vanderbilt University. President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Colgate W. Darden Jr. Mar. 1948 LLD Former Governor of Virginia;Chancellor of William and Mary; President of University of Virginia.
George D. Stoddard Mar. 1948 LLL Author, educator, administrator. Former President, University of State of New York, President, University of Illinois and member of President Truman’s Commission on Higher Education.
Owen D. Young Mar. 1948 LLD Lawyer, banker, corporation official, economist, humanitarian. Recipient of honorary degrees from 24 colleges and universities.
Frederick Eugene Lykes June 1949 LLD Prominent Florida Agriculturist and industrialist. Trustee, University of the South.
Alben William Barkley Oct. 1949 LHD Represented Kentucky in House of Representatives and Senate, 1927-48. Vice President of USA.
Rueben G. Gustavson Feb. 1950 DSc Scientist, educator, administrator. Member, Executive Commission of Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities; Chancellor,University of Nebraska.
Harold Mowry Feb. 1950 DSc BSA 1929 and MSA 1934, UF. Worked at UF’s Agricultural Experiment Station. In 27 years of service, he served as horticulturist and as director, 1943-50.
Colon Eloy Alfaro June 1950 LLD Diplomat of Ecuador. Representative of his country in many parts of the world. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the USA.
Benjamin A. Cohen June 1950 LHD Journalist, linguist, diplomat; appointed Ambassador to United States from Chile, 1939. Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Wilson Popenoe June 1950 DSc Scholar, horticulturist, Ambassador of Good Will from U.S. to Latin America for nearly 40 years. Director of Escuela Agricola Panamericana at Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Emsterio Santiago Santovenia June 1950 LLD Outstanding Cuban, lawyer, writer, historian and statesman
Thomas J. Watson Feb. 1952 LLD Business executive, industrial leader. President of International Business Machines Corp., 1919-51. Chairman of the Board of Directors of IBM.
S. Kendrick Guernsey Feb. 1952 DCS Former International President of Rotary International. VP, Gulf Life Insurance Co. for more than 20 years.
James C. Downs, Jr. Feb.1952 DCS Banker, author, lecturer, real estate economist. Senior partner of Downs, Mohl and Co, Chicago
Boyd Henry Bode Jan. 1953 LLD Internationally renowned philosopher, educator, constructive critic, author. Greatly concerned with the vital contribution the school should make to achievement of democracy.
Alvin Christian Eurich Jan. 1953 LHD Former president, Northwestern University and State University of New York. Exponent of general education for maintenance of a free society. VP, Fund for Advancement of Ed., Ford Foundation.
Arthur Andrew Hauck Mar. 1953 LHD President, University of Maine, almost 20 years. Eminent educator and administrator.
John Alfred Hannah Mar. 1953 LHD Former President, Michigan State College. An internationally known agricultural specialist, distinguished educator, statesman. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Personnel.
Virgil Melvin Hancher Mar. 1953 DCL Professor of Law and President, State University of Iowa. Attorney, educator, administrator, humanitarian. Member of many learned societies.
Millard Fillmore Caldwell Mar. 1953 LLD Florida’s 28th Governor. Lawmaker, statesman, student of international affairs, tireless worker for higher educational standards in the south. Contributor to civic betterment, national safety.
Spessard L. Holland Mar. 1953 DCL LLB 1916, UF. First President of combined student body. First native son to serve as Governor and U.S. Senator. Well known for contributions to law, education, finance and public works.
Charles F. Kettering Mar. 1953 DSc Vice President and Director, General Motors Corp. Outstanding inventor, engineer, theoretical scientist, industrialist, philanthropist humanitarian.
John James Tigert Mar. 1953 LittD President, University of Florida, 19 years, beginning 1928. Professor of Philosophy and Head Football Coach, University of Kentucky. Noted administrator, author, teacher, philosopher, friend of youth.
Turner Zeigler Cason June 1953 DSc BS 1908, UF. Known for his efforts to develop a medical center here. A great leader in the medical profession of Florida.
Walter Clifton Payne June 1953 DSc Served the people of Florida since 1914. Past President, Florida Medical Association, member of its Board of Governors and Chairman of the Board. Known to all about him as a warm friend, patriotic citizen, eminent scientist and wise counselor.
Warren Wilson Quillian June 1953 DSc Nationally influential leader in pediatrics, humanitarian. Contributed many articles to medical and scientific journals.
William Thomas Sanger June 1953 DSc President, Medical College of Virginia. Inspiring leader in advancing medical education in South.
William Clark Thomas June 1953 DSc Respected physician, kindly guidance and counsel. Fellow of American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Mark D. Hollis Jan. 1956 DSc Chief Engineer, Public Health Service, Assistant Surgeon General of US Outstanding engineer and administrator in field of environmental health.
Arthur S. Adams Feb. 1956 LLD President, American Council on Education. Prominent in fields of science and education and in military service as a Naval Officer.
Thomas Wesley Bryant Feb. 1956 LLD Earned both his Science and Law degrees at University of Florida. Outstanding student and loyal alumnus. Great patriot, lawyer, leader and sportsman.
Harold Raymond Medina Feb. 1956 DCL Appointed Federal Judge for U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, May; later Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Famed educator, jurist and statesman.
William F. Callander Aug. 1958 DSc Outstanding educator and administrator in field of statistics. Interim director of Statistical Laboratory at University of Fla., and since retiring from active directorship July 1953, continued as consultant.
Robert Lee Frost Jan. 1960 LittD Recognized as America’s greatest living poet, perhaps the greatest poet of any time.
William A. Shands Aug. 1960 LLD Native son of Florida, legislative leader, statesman, churchman, and farmer; 18 years member of State Senate, honored with Presidency of Senate in 1949.
Louis McDonald Orr Aug. 1960 DSc Internationally known physician, surgeon, medical statesman and researcher, philanthropist, and churchman. Awarded Bronze Star for service as colonel Medical Corps, World War II. Established and operated Louis M. Orr Foundation for Cancer Research.
George A. Smathers June 1961 LLD BA and Law degrees, UF. Representative to DCL, 80th and 81st Congresses, Senator from Florida since 1951. One of Congress’ experts on Latin American affairs.
James Edwin Webb May 1963 LLD Lawyer, industrialist, educator, administrator, leader in space sciences.
Ulysses S. Gordon May 1963 DHL Honorary DD, 1930, UF. Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Distinguished pastor, teacher, public servant and friend.
William L. Thompson May 1963 DSc Served on State Plant Board; 37 years with Agricultural Experiment Stations of University; retired as Entomologist Emeritus; eminent in citrus industry; author.
Robert A. Gray Apr. 1964 LLD Author, educator, civic leader and statesman. Florida’s Secretary of State, 1930-1961.
J. George Harrar Apr. 1964 DSc President, Rockefeller Foundation. Taught at University of Puerto Rico, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Washington State College. Received Certificate for Meritorious Leadership in Agriculture from UF, 1950.
Ruth S. Wedgworth Apr. 1965 LLD Businesswoman, farmer, civic and church leader. Instrumental in developing the Everglades as an important farming area. Chosen “Woman of the Year in Service to Fla. Rural Progress;” only woman to serve as President of Fla. Horticulture Society.
Lewis F. Powell Jr. Apr. 1965 LLD Distinguished lawyer and scholar. President, American Bar Association.
Olin E. Watts Apr. 1966
LLD
Lawyer, civic leader, businessman; Chair, National Conference of Bar Examiners; Chair, Legal Ed. and Admission to the Bar section of Am. Bar Assn.
Clyde O. Anderson Apr. 1966 LLD Physician, medical statesman, philanthropist, counselor. Received A.H. Robins Award of the Florida Medical Association 1965. President Alumni Association and University of Fla. Foundation, Inc. Served on original Advisory Committee to J. Hillis Miller Health Center. Received Significant Alumni Award from UF, 1957.
William Shepherd Dix Apr. 1967 LLD Librarian, national leader in information retrieval, etc.
Frank A. Doggett Apr. 1967 LittD Outstanding high school principal; literary scholar; author of special note.
J. Wayne Reitz Apr. 1967 LHD President, University of Florida; educator.
David B. Lee June 1968 DSc Made great strides in malaria control. Upgraded sanitary engineering development in Fla.; pioneer in pollution control.
Wallace Odell Duvall June 1968 LLD Leadership in savings and loan industry.
Robert B. Mautz June 1968 LHD Vice President of Academic Affairs at University of Florida. Chancellor of Board of Regents of State University System.
Harold Leon Sebring June 1968 LLD Attorney, jurist, and legal educator.
Edith Bristol Tigert Oct. 1968 DHL Wife of former UF President.
J. Patrick O’Mahoney Oct. 1968 DD Clergyman.
Elvis J. Stahr Oct. 1968 LLD President of Indiana University; educator; lawyer and public administrator.
Jack K. Williams Oct. 1968 LLD Educator; public administrator; Commissioner of Public Higher Education in Texas; University of Tennessee vice president.
Lester R. Dragstedt June 1969 DSc Research Professor of Surgery, UF.
Robert Colder Beaty June 1969 LHD Director of National Youth Administration in Fla.; Dean of Students, Dean of Men, Dean of Student Personnel, Director of Alumni Loyalty Fund, UF.
George M. Low June 1969 DSc Connected with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Director of Spacecraft and Flight Missions, Deputy Director in Houston, Texas and Manager, Apollo Spacecraft Program Office.
George W. Gore Jr. June 1969 LittD President Emeritus of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University.
Marshall W. Nirenberg Aug. 1969 DSc Shared the 1968 Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology with two other U.S. scientists.
Harry Melvin Philpott Dec. 1969 LLD Professor of Religion, UF.; President of Auburn University.
Charles A. Robertson Dec. 1969 LHD Professor Emeritus of English and Honorary Curator of Rare Books, UF.
Lucius Durham Battle March 1970 LLD Skillful diplomat and an effective administrator.
Wayne Thomas March 1970 DSc Considered foremost authority of Fla. Phosphate.
Andrew Nelson Lytle June 1970LittD Writer, teacher and editor of the Sewannee Review.
Nell Critzer Miller
(Mrs. J. Hillis Miller)
June 1970 LHD English teacher; Asst. Dir. for the Wesley Fdtn; and head of the Office of Patient Services, J. Hillis Miller Health Center.
John Barkley Rosser June 1970 DSc Contributor to the field of mathematics and has served as a consultant and panel member for the U.S. Government. Director of the Mathematics Research Center of the U.S. Army at Madison.
Mason W. Gross June 1970 LLD President of Rutgers, the State University; Chairman of the National Book Committee, philosopher and writer.
Walter L. (Red) Barber Aug.1970 LittD An author, lecturer and sports commentator who has reached the top of his chosen field.
C. Vann Woodward Dec.1970 LittD Sterling professor of history, Yale. Author and lecturer.
Walter Langbein Mar. 1971 DSc Hydraulic engineer, research hydraulic engineer and research hydrologist.
Katherine Graham Mar. 1971 LHD Publisher, widely known for philanthropies in education and arts.
Helen Nahm June 1971 DSc Distinguished career in nursing and education.
Stephen H. Spurr June 1971 DSc UF alumnus.  A widely known forester, ecologist, educator and resource analyst. Former VP and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan; President, University of Texas at Austin.
John C. Slater Aug. 1971 DSc Author of numerous articles on fundamental nature of atoms, molecules and solids.
Thomas Clark Dec. 1971 LLD Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Sidney Hook Dec. 1971 LHD Leading philosopher and educator.
Aaron Copland Mar. 1972 MusD Outstanding musician and composer.
Nathaniel P. Reed Mar. 1972 DPS Asst. Secretary of the Department of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Roe Lyle Johns Mar. 1972 DPA Distinguished UF professor, financial consultant, military officer and author.
Chesterfield Smith June 1972 LLD Lawyer, civic leader, statesman, public servant.
Frank E. Richart Jr. Aug. 1972 DSc Distinguished professor and consultant in engineering.
Max Lerner Dec.1972 LittD Distinguished author, teacher, lecturer.
John A. Mulrennan Dec. 1972 DSc Leading entomologist; active in public health programs.
William W. Scranton Mar. 1973 LLD Leading educator, state and national public service (former Governor of Pennsylvania).
LeRoy Collins June 1973 LLD Former Governor of Florida; Under-Secretary of Commerce of U.S.; Attorney and national and state leader.
Norman E. Borlaug June 1973 DSc Nobel Peace Prize as agricultural scientist, known as “The Apostle of Wheat,” with Rockefeller Foundation.
Julian Goodman Aug. 1973 DHL Outstanding leadership in communication.
Rev. John Tracy Ellis Aug.1973 LittD Eminent historian and lecturer.
J. Broward Culpepper Dec.1973 LittD Distinguished educator.
Arnold D. Welch Dec. 1973 DSc Outstanding scientist and researcher.
James Alfred Perkins Feb.1974 LittD Outstanding scholar and international educator.
Linton E. Grinter Feb.1974 DSc Outstanding educator and administrator, UF; Dean, UF Graduate School, 17 years.
William H. Parham May 1974 DHlth Outstanding health administrator, Executive Vice President, Florida Medical Assn. Adm.
Stephen C. O’Connell June 1974 LLD Distinguished jurist and university administrator.
John V. Atanasoff Aug. 1974 DSc Distinguished engineer and inventor, invented first electronic digital computer.
Robben W. Fleming Dec.1974 DHL Distinguished educator; President, University of Michigan; well-known labor arbitrator and attorney.
Rae O. Weimer Dec.1974 LittD Distinguished journalist, educator and pioneer in Fla. journalism and communications, UF’s College of Journalism and Communications developed under his direction, 1949-1968.
Donald T. Campbell Mar. 1975 DSc Distinguished psychologist and scientist; President of National Academy of Sciences.
Ants Oras Mar.1975 LittD Eminent scholar and internationally recognized man of letters; Professor Emeritus of English, UF.
Paul G. Rogers June 1975 LLD Prominent Florida Congressman, leadership in legislative affairs especially pertaining to public health.
Edward F. Knipling June 1975 DSc Scholar, author, researcher and science advisor; developed DDT and eradicated screwworm fly.
Johanna Dobereiner Aug. 1975 DSc Prominent scientist and researcher, working mainly with nitrogen fixing capability of grasses.
Ronald S. Berman Dec. 1975 DHL Scholar, humanist and writer; Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities.
Chester Howell Ferguson Dec. 1975 LLD Attorney, industrialist and advocate for higher education.
Ripley P. Bullen Mar. 1976 DSc Noted archaeologist and anthropologist; Became Curator of Florida State Museum, 1952; Curator Emeritus at time of award.
Torgny T. Segerstedt Mar. 1976 DHL Rector Magnificus, Uppsala University; internationally known educator, philosopher, lecturer; author.
Willard Lee Boyd June 1976 LLD Distinguished educator, author and law expertise; President of University of Iowa.
William G. Carleton June 1976 DHL Distinguished lecturer, UF faculty 36 years, political science; author; nicknamed “Wild Bill,” an endearment related to his vigorous delivery and frankness on public questions.
Joseph Weil Aug. 1976 DE Dean Emeritus of UF College of Engineering; established EIES, a visionary in programs as beach erosion, materials sciences, sewage and water, sanitary engineering and nuclear energy.
Richard K. Arnold Oct. 1976 DSc Outstanding leader and research scientist in forestry; with U.S. Forest Service, Research Division until retirement. At time honorary degree was awarded, he was Assistant Vice President for Research, L.B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Sjoerd Groenman Mar. 1977 DHL Emeritus Rector Magnificus, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Famous sociologist, supported the University of Florida/University of Utrecht exchange program.
George S. Wise Mar. 1977 DH Lifetime Chancellor of Tel Aviv University. Outstanding educator, businessman and humanitarian. President, George S. Wise and Co., newsprint manufacturing of Miami.
Mitchell W. Spellman June 1977 DSc Dean, Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.Noted for bringing improved access to medical education for minority students and improved medical care for the inner city.
Maclyn McCarthy June 1977 DSc Vice President of Rockefeller University. Conducted research on DNA and in the fields of microbiology and immunology.
Sir Philip M. Sherlock Aug. 1977 DHL Educator. Secretary General of Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes.
Allen S. Weller Dec. 1977 DFA Art historian, critic and teacher. Established Krannert Art Museum in Illinois.
Elliot L. Richardson Mar. 1978 LLD Ambassador-at-Large and Special Representative of the U.S. President to the Law of the Sea Conference. Former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James and served in four cabinet posts – Sec. of Commerce; U.S. Attorney General; Sec. of Defense; Sec. of Health, Educ. and Welfare.
Pauli Murray Mar. 1978 DH Jurist, educator, poet and theologian. First black woman priest ordained by Episcopal Church. Granddaughter of a slave.
Alvin Percy Black June 1978 DSc UF Research Professor Emeritus. Black Hall named for him. Internationally known scientist. Worked on water treatment.
James T. Gurney Dec. 1978 DHL Attorney. Served as a member of the Board of Control of Florida Institutions of Higher Learning.
James R. Shepley Dec. 1978 DHL Commencement speaker. President, Time, Inc.; Distinguished journalist, writer and businessman.
Samuel Gurin Mar. 1979 DSc Pioneer in marine research.Led in the development of the Whitney Marine Research Laboratory.Interested in marine metabolism and chemoreception in marine organisms.
Nancy Hanks June 1979 DFA Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, 1969-77.Vice chairman and trustee of the Rockerfeller Brothers Fund.
Philip S. Handler Dec. 1979 DSc President of National Academy of Science
Walter Beinecke, Jr. Mar. 1980 DHL Active in business, ranching, historic preservation, health planning, education and refugee rehabilitation.  Served as Vice President of Sales for S&H Green Stamp Company, 15 years.
Dr. George T. Harrell Jr. Mar. 1980 DSc Research professor, Duke School of Medicine, 1941-54. Founding Dean, UF’s College of Medicine, 1954-64. In 1964, founding Provost for the Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania; thus, the first person in U.S. to design and develop two medical schools from their beginning.
Allen H. Neuharth Mar.1980 LittD Commencement speaker. President of Gannett and Company.  Chairman and President of the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
James Willard Hurst June 1980 LLD Commencement speaker. Distinguished legal historian, author and educator.  Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin.
Adam Lopatka June 1980 LLD Jurist and administrator of international distinction.  Director of Institute of State and Law of Polish Academy of Science.
Margaret E. Mahoney Aug. 1980 DHL President of the Commonwealth Fund. Specialized in public policy analysis, educational theory, health care systems and financing.
J. Hillis Miller Aug.1980 LittD Internationally known scholar, critic and teacher. Frederick W. Hilles Professor of English at Yale.
William R. Smith Jr. Dec. 1980 LLD President, American Bar Association. Tampa attorney.
Johannes Gross Dec.1980 LittD Editorial Director, Capital magazine, the largest business journal in Western Europe.
Molly Harrower March 1981 DHL A psychologist, teacher, writer, researcher and poet, she is internationally recognized by psychologists and psychiatrists for her contributions to the understanding of personality.
Donald R. Matthews March 1981 DPS 1953 UF Distinquished Alumnus Award recipient; representative from the 8th District of Florida to the 83rd Congress, 1952- 67; Administrator of the Rural Community Development Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Don Manuel de Prado Y Colon de Carvajal June 1981 LLD Ambassador at Large of Spain. President, Instituto de Cooperacion Iberoamericana.
Hernan Fonseca de Zamora June 1981 DSC Minister of Agriculture of Costa Rica.
Alfred A. McKethan Aug. 1981 DC BS 1931, UF. Banker, public servant, civic leader, patron of education.
Dorothy M. Smith Oct. 1981 DSc Professor and Dean Emeritus, UF College of Nursing; pioneer in nursing education.
Arthur C. Allyn, Jr. Dec. 1981 DSc Chairman of A.C. Allyn and Co. and Director of Emeritus of the Allyn Museum of Entomology in Sarasota. Former President of the Chicago White Sox. Former parter of Francis I. dePont and Co.
Edward E. David, Jr. May 1982 DSc Former Science Advisor to the President of the U.S. and Director of the U.S. Office of Science and Technology; current President of Exxon Research and Engineering Co. One of the nation’s strongest advocates for improving engineering and scientific education.
Dr. Charles E. Cornelius June 1982 DSc Teacher, scientist and academic administrator in Veterinary medicine. In 1971, he became founding dean of UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Nahum N. Glatzer Aug. 1982 DHL Internationally recognized Judaic scholar, historian, editor and teacher. Prominent faculty member at Brandeis and Boston universities.
David S. Saxon Dec. 1982 DSc President, University of California System; Internationally recognized physicist and leader in higher education administration.
Reubin O’Donovan Askew April 1983 DPS JD 1956, UF. Former governor of Florida. Served in Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate. Appointed U.S. Trade Representative during President Carter’s administration.
Manning Julian Dauer Jr. Aug. 1983 LLD Historian, political scientist, writer, consultant and Distinguished Service Professor. Wrote a classic in early American history and political theory, established the guidelines for reapportionment in Florida and other states, and taught more than 15,000 students during his 50-year teaching career. BA and MA from UF.
Richard Vernon Moore Dec. 1983 DHL Chancellor of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. President of the College of 28 years prior to his 1975 retirement. Known for contributions to education, black community in Florida, human relations, religious and civic organizations.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Dec. 1983 DHL Leader in the arts, sciences, sports, industry and government. Co-producer of first color films, including such classics as “A Star is Born” and “Gone With The Wind.”Established the C.V. Whitney Laboratory for Experimental Marine Biology and Medicine at UF.  Founded Pan American Airways and the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company.
James L. Knight April 1984 DHL Built one of the best newspapers, The Miami Herald, and helped establish one of the largest newspaper groups in the nation, The Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He has served twice as President of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.
Frederick A. Hauck Aug. 1984 DSc Noted mineralogist, metallurgist and patron of cultural and educational institutions. Instrumental in the production of materials for the nuclear industry and other strategic, rare and precious metals. Helped develop Gaseous Core Reactors. Mined rare earth from Florida Beaches. president of Continental Mineral Processing Co.
E. T. York, Jr. Dec. 1984 DSc Leader in higher education and agriculural development; Chancellor Emeritus of the State University System.
James Willis Walter Dec. 1984 LLD Industrial leader, Innovator in home building industry; Chairman of Jim Walter Corp.
Dr. Martin D. Young May 1985 DSc Internationally recognized for research in malaria parasites, one of the most distinguished parasitologist and tropical medicine specialists in the U.S.; former director of Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama.
William M. Goza May 1985 DHL BS 1938 and JD 1941, UF. Attorney, author, anthropologist. Encouraged, supported participated in historical and anthropological studies related to Florida’s Hispanic history. UF Dist. Alumnus and UF’s Hall of Fame.
Lawrence Lewis Jr. May 1986 DHL Businessman who was prime mover in historic preservation, restoration and reconstruction of St. Augustine. Since 1965, trustee of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board.
Lewis R. Grosenbaugh Aug. 1986 DSc Innovator in the field of forest measurements on international level. His contributions include the theory of point sampling, 3P sampling theory, a milestone in the field of forest sampling, a theory on avoiding Dendrometry Bias in leaning trees. First to use computer technology for analysis.
Archbishop Iakovos Dec. 1986 DPS World-renowned religious leader, civil rights activist, and a crusader in the modern ecumenical movement for Christian unity. Head of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America for 27 years. Received Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Carter, 1980.
Anna J. Schwartz Dec. 1987 LittD A noted research economist for more than 40 years. She has made major contributions to economics in monetary economics and economic history. She has co-authored several internationally prominent publications on monetary standards with Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman.
Lucille M. Mair Apr. 1988 DHL A pioneer in women’s studies and former ambassador. She has held the highest position of any women ever in the United Nations. She is currently engaged in research, writing, lecturing, and advising at the University of West Indies.
Marjory S. Douglas Apr. 1988 LittD A conservationist with a career spanning 70 years. She has given the State of Florida the groundwork for preserving, protecting, and recovering its natural resources. She received many honors and awards for her efforts in conservation.
Harry Prystowsky Dec. 1988 DSc An internationally recognized leader in obstetrics and gynecology.  He has enjoyed an illustrious career as an educator, investigator, physician, and administrator.  He has made significant advances in the understanding of maternal and fetal physiology. He has more than 150 scholarly articles to his credit.
C. Farris Bryant Dec. 1988 DPS Attorney, businessman, and 34th governor of Florida.
Howard Earle Skipper Aug. 1989 DSc President emeritus of the Southern Research Institute.  His research has had a worldwide impact on the treatment of cancer. His research has resulted in approximately 200 publications.
Frederick Ellis Fisher May 1990 DHL Alumnus, accountant, businessman, major donor who gave $6.5 million to the School of Accounting, which was named the Fisher School of Accounting.  Served as general chairman of the first university-wide capital campaign to raise $250 million.
Joseph L. Brechner May 1990 DHL awarded posthumously — Writer, broadcaster editorialist, newspaper columnist, media executive and owner. Pioneer in television, helped put cameras in courtrooms and funded Freedom of Information Center and chair at UF.
Alan Stephenson Boyd May 1991 LLD First Secretary of Transportation under President Lyndon Johnson; first Floridian ever to serve as a full- capacity member of the President’s Cabinet. President of Airbus Industries of North America.
Don Fuqua Dec. 1991 DPS Alumnus, House Representative for Florida and U.S.  At 29, he was the youngest Democrat in Congress.National president of UF’s Alumni Association and chair of UF’s D.C. area Regional Capital Campaign.
Johnnetta B. Cole May 1992 DHL President of Spelman College; anthropologist; educator and activist.
John W. Griffin May 1992 DHL Florida archaeologist; UF alumnus; researcher; scholar; administrator and author.
Federico Mayor Dec. 1992 DSc Director-General of UNESCO, Spanish scientist, educator, administrator, philosopher and politician.
David Cofrin August 1993 DFA Gainesville MD and philanthropist, his many gifts included the basic funding for the Harn Museum.
David Lawrence Jr. Dec. 1993 DJm Publisher of the Miami Herald and other major newspapers.
Murray Gell-Mann April 1994 DNR Winner of Nobel Prize for physics; discovered and named the quark. Leader in environmental conservation; served as director of MacArthur Foundation.
Charles Bennett Aug 1994 LLD Served in U.S. Congress for 44 years; set an all-time record by not missing a single legislative vote for 41 years. Author of seven books on Florida history. Decorated five times for combat service in WWII.
Jan Veldhuis Sept. 1995 DPS President of Utrecht University; leader in international education; former Fulbright who promoted that program and others.
J. Malcom Randall Aug 1996 DPS Founding and long-time director of the VA Hospital in Gainesville. Leader within the VA nationally.
Margretta Madden Styles May 1997 DS Nurse, educator, helped establish international standards for nursing. President of International Council of Nurses and American Nurses Credentialing Center. EdD from UF.
Norman Schwarzkopf March 28, 1998 DPS Heroic leader of Persian Gulf War; recognized for environmental and humanitarian work, especially with seriously ill children.
David M. Lee May 2, 1998 DS Nobel Prize winner in low temperature physics. Was visiting professor at UF and worked with UF faculty.
J. Stanley Marshall Dec. 1, 1998 DPS Former president of Florida State University, founder and ceo of James Madison Institute, former president of NASULGC
William Terrell Hodges May 1, 1999 LLD Federal judge and chair of Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States
Virgil Hawkins May 5, 2001 LLD Civil rights visionary, activist and recipient of UF’s first posthumous honorary degree.  Sought to integrate the University in the 1950s.
Reverend Thomas A. Wright August 10, 2002 DPS A Baptist preacher, social activist, entrepreneur, and educator. Four decades of dedicated service to local communities for his contributions during the last half-century as a noted civil rights champion in the state of Florida.
George E. Andrews December 21, 2002 DS One of the most important and influential mathematicians of our time. He is the world’s top expert on the Theory of Partitions and the work of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Jeffrey M. Spieler December 21, 2002 DPS A recognized leader in the fight for improving the health and the quality of life of vulnerable populations throughout the world. His advocacy for reproductive health, family planning and the development of better contraceptive choices already has had a measurable effect worldwide.
Gale Lemerand May 2003, DHL  
Howard T. Odum December 19, 2003 DSc Graduate research professor emeritus at UF; founder of UF’s Center for Environmental Policy.
Jerome H. Modell May 2004, DSc  
Karl Pister May 2004, DPS  
Samuel Proctor May 2004, DPS  
William Francis (Bill) Whitman May 2004, DPS  
Nicholas Bodor May 2005, DSc  
Edward Villella May 2005, DFA  
Linda Aiken May 2006, DSc Known worldwide for advancing quality patient care through research and health policy work
Bob Graham May 2006, DPS Former Florida governor and U.S. Senator. Helped to create Bob Graham Centers at UF and University of Miami that focus on public leadership, the Americas and homeland security.
J. Crayton Pruitt May 2006, DSc  
Robert Grubbs Dec. 2006, DSc Recipient of 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with two others who developed the metathesis method in organic synthesis
Barry Barrish May 2007, DSc Linde Professor of Physics who conducted experiments that revealed the quark substructure of the nucleon
Andrew H. Hines 2007, DSc Chairman Emeritus of Florida Progress Corp. Credited for the rapid growth and great success of the Florida Power Corporation.
Francisco Sanchez Spring 2008, DSc World renowned astronomer and astrophysicist, key inventor and planner for the construction of the world’s largest telescope
Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel, pka Bo Diddley Summer 2008, DFA Rock ‘n’ Roll musician; degree given to his family posthumously.
Hamilton Smith Fall 2008, DSc Nobel Laureate, medical doctor, and leading figure in the field of genomics
Ann Lurie Spring 2009, DPS Philanthropist and president of Lurie Investments; Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation; and African Infectious Disease Village Clinics, Inc.
Fuller W. Bazer Fall 2009, DS Scientist whose discoveries have greatly advanced knowledge in reproductive biology in domestic animals and offered insight into signaling and regulatory processes that impact human health
Lourdes Arizpe Spring 2010, DPS Researcher and professor of anthropology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico who made exceptional contributions to the development of feminist studies in Mexico and Latin America
Stanley Drucker Spring 2010, DM Principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic for 49 years and a member of the organization for more than 60 years
Howard Lance Spring 2010, DE Led the development of new and important resources for broadcast communications, defense communications, intelligence and surveillance, and information technology systems for use in health care and Federal Aviation Administration
Arnold Mesches Spring 2010, DFA Artist best known for exploring contemporary social and historical issues based on his life experience of living in the depression
Per Pinstrup-Andersen Spring 2010, DS Only social scientist ever to receive the World Food Prize, the agricultural sciences’ equivalent of a Nobel Prize, in 2001
Sam Gibbons Spring 2011, DPS U.S. Congressman, best known for expanding an open and free trade market, value-added taxing, and his contributions to public higher education
William King Spring 2011, DFA An artist most popularly known for his long-legged metal sculptures
Karel Husa Summer 2011, DM Pulitzer Prize winner in music and a world-renown composer and conductor
John Esposito Fall 2011, DHL Scholar, publisher, and intellectual entrepreneur in Islamic religion and Muslim history
William Morgan Spring 2012, DA Scholar of architecture and archeology
William Evans Spring 2012, DS Leader in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences research
James Free Spring 2012, DHL Medical doctor and philanthropist; contributed to the development of Gatorade.
Robert Rietti Spring 2012, DA Actor, playwright, director, and broadcaster
Robert Lindgren Summer 2012, DE President of Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and leader in higher education
Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Fall 2012, DLitt Local historian, volunteer and philanthropist
Daniel Lewis Fall 2012, DFA Dancer, choreographer and educator
Jerry Uelsmann Fall 2012, DFA World famous photographer