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April 16, 2013

OU to give honorary degrees

NORMAN — Four individuals will join University of Oklahoma Commencement speaker Fareed Zakaria, one of the nation’s leading critical thinkers, in receiving honorary degrees at OU’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10 at The Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, 180 W. Brooks St.

In addition to Zakaria, the following will be awarded honorary degrees:

· Tom W. Boyd, professor of philosophy at OU

· Susan E. Brackett, D.D.S., M.S., Oklahoma City, prosthodontist and philanthropist

· Jan Marie Crawford, Denver, civic leader and supporter of higher education, promoted a sense of community at OU as director of Union Activities at the Oklahoma Memorial Union in the 1960s

· The Honorable Ralph G. Thompson, Oklahoma City, a leader in the federal judiciary

Boyd, David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and professor of religious studies at OU, retired this semester after teaching at OU for more than 40 years. He taught philosophy at the university for 29 years, concentrating on the philosophy of religion, ethics and value theory.

Before initially retiring in 1997, Boyd served as Kingfisher chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. In 2002, he was talked out of retirement by President David L. Boren and enlisted for service in the new religious studies program. Boyd most recently taught as part of the retired professor program and served as a consultant to the program.

Boyd’s current concentration is on the interplay of religions in a global context, the problem of religious pluralism and the relation between culture and religion.

Brackett graduated from the OU College of Dentistry in 1978, its third graduating class.

For 20 years, Brackett devoted her career to academics, including 16 years as a faculty member at the OU College of Dentistry. She maintains a part-time private practice limited to prosthodontics in Oklahoma City.

In 2009, Brackett was presented with the Regents’ Alumni Award. She serves on the board of visitors of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and the Board of Trustees of the J. Dean Robertson Society of the College of Dentistry.

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