April 29, 1998

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan to Speak at Middlebury College Commencement

Middlebury to Award Honorary Degrees to Moynihan and Eight Others

U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York will speak at Middlebury College's commencement on May 24, and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Moynihan's tie to Middlebury dates back to World War II, when he was a member of the U.S. Navy's V-12 unit stationed at the College. By the end of the war, over 1,200 Navy men from 20 different states had studied at Middlebury as part of the preliminary portion of their officer training program.

The College also will present honorary degrees to eight other distinguished individuals, including Jamaica Kincaid, a resident of North Bennington, Vt., who will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. An author and former staff writer for The New Yorker, Kincaid is an adjunct professor at Harvard University. Her latest book is "My Brother," which was nominated for the 1997 National Book Award in non-fiction.

Another Vermont resident, Crea S. Lintilhac of the Shelburne, Vt.-based Lintilhac Foundation, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The foundation, which funds environmental and social projects in Vermont, has supported research at Middlebury College, including the studies of Lake Champlain by Patricia and Thomas Manley of the geology department, and monitoring of amphibian populations on Mount Mansfield and elsewhere in the state by Steve Trombulak and Jim Andrews of the biology department.

The College will award Millard Dean Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. James Arvey Ibbotson, a musician, composer, member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and parent of a 1998 graduate, will receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. Anne Lincoln Bryant, executive director of the National School Boards Association and former executive director of the American Association of University Women, will receive an honorary Doctor of Education degree.

The College also will award Alice F. Emerson, senior fellow at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Dr. Emerson's vision of technology-enhanced language learning has led her to support Middlebury as the leader of a nationwide collaborative of 62 liberal arts colleges that seek to improve language instruction through the use of technology. Middlebury College Dean of Admissions Emeritus Fred F. Neuberger, who worked at the College from 1955 to 1991, also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Rochford J. Thibodeau, a resident of Burlington, Vt. who died in 1997, was a leader of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Vermont. The College will award him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree posthumously.