Five Utahns will be presented honorary degrees during University of Utah commencement ceremonies May 2 in the Huntsman Center. To be honored are:
Terry Tempest Williams, nature and political writer and a former naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History, will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Her best-known writing is "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place." She has served on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society and other environmental advocacy groups and testified before the U.S. Congress on behalf of women's health. She will give the 2003 commencement address.
Afton B. Bradshaw, who retired this year after 18 years in the Utah House of Representatives, has been recognized with numerous awards including Legislator of the Year by the YWCA in 1999 and the Salt Lake Republican Woman of the Year Award in 1998. She has been a volunteer on state and national boards, including more than a decade of service on the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. She will receive a doctor of humane letters degree.
William H. Child, who will receive a doctor of business degree, has headed R.C. Willey Home Furnishings for many years, helping the company grow into one of the largest furniture retail outlets in the country. He has served on the boards of Commercial Security Bank, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Utah Retail Merchants Association, Key Bank and the Utah Economic Development Corp. He and his wife, Patricia, have been generous donors to the U., particularly in support of Pioneer Theatre Co., the David Eccles School of Business, University Hospital and the Athletics Department. Recently, they established the R.C. Willey Executive Leadership Center through a $1 million donation to the C. Roland Christensen Center in the business school.
Tom Korologos will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters for his work in public affairs. He served in the Nixon and Ford administrations as deputy assistant to the president for legislative affairs and for nine years with Sen. Wallace F. Bennett. He was director of congressional relations from the Reagan transition staff and assisted both the Reagan and Bush administrations in the Senate confirmation process. During Sen. Robert Dole's presidential bid in 1996, Korologos was a senior adviser to the candidate. In 2001, he volunteered for the Bush-Cheney transition and managed the confirmation of Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense.
Al Thrasher began work at an early age at a family sawmill and made a number of improvements in the lumber industry, including a breakthrough in timber-saw blades. Thrasher, who will receive a doctor of public health degree, has been long involved in improving health care for children and established the Thrasher Research Fund to support researchers involved in child health-care issues, many of them at the U. The university's public health and family/preventive medicine programs, with Thrasher's support, continue to work toward medical advances for children.