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The University of Utah will present five honorary degrees, three distinguished teaching awards and three distinguished research awards at the U.'s 120th annual commencement June 9.

At the ceremony in the Jon M. Huntsman Center, the U. will bestow 4,743 degrees, including 3,428 bachelor's degrees, 874 master's degrees and 208 doctoral degrees.James Fallows, Washington editor of The Atlantic Monthly, will receive a doctor of humane letters. He will also deliver the commencement address.

Others receiving honorary degrees include: Leighton E. Cluff; Mrs. Walter E. Cosgriff; Kendall D. Garff; and J. Boyer Jarvis.

The teaching awards will go to Robert F. Boehm, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering; Alfred C. Emery, professor of law and former U. president; and Debra L. Scammon, professor of marketing.

The awards were decided on by the University Teaching Committee from 30 nominees based on special contributions to the curriculum and recommendations from their deans, department chairmen, fellow faculty members and students. The award carries a $2,000 prize.

Recipients of the distinguished research awards will be James A. McCloskey, professor of medicinal chemistry and biochemistry; Jan D. Miller, professor of metallurgy and metallurgical engineering; and Gerald B. Stringfellow, professor of materials science and engineering and electrical engineering.

The award carries a $2,000 support grant and frees the recipient from a quarter of teaching responsibility to pursue research.

Faculty were selected for their dedication and contributions to the "academic character of the university," said President Chase N. Peterson.

Honorary degree recipient Fallows has been on assignment in the Far East since 1986 and is also a broadcaster for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." He was chief speech writer for President Jimmy Carter.

A U. alumnus, Cluff has held positions at Johns Hopkins and Florida University, served as American College of Physicians governor, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and has been a consultant to numerous national and world health organizations. He has also been honored by the National Institutes of Health and U. Emeritus Alumni Association.

Cosgriff is former director of Continental Bank and Trust Co. and owner of the Salt Lake Bees baseball team. She helped found the U. Department of Ballet and its performing company, which became Ballet West, and established the U. Ballet Scholarship Endowment Fund. She also served on numerous university and civic boards.

Garff, chairman of the board of directors of Garff Enterprises, has been active in the Republican Party, was executive director of the National Board of Boy Scouts of America for five years and has served on numerous civic and university committees. The business school building is named after him. He has received the U. Outstanding Business School Award, Emeritus Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award.

In 32 years at the U., Jarvis served on more than 20 campus committees and held many administrative positions, including acting dean of the College of Letters and Science, assistant to the president, dean of the summer school, dean of admissions and registration and associate vice president for academic affairs. He has also been active in civic affairs.