The Norman Transcript


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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Digital storytelling workshop to help tornado victims

    Looking for ways to make use of the University of Oklahoma Writing Center’s services in the community, the center has developed the digital storytelling workshop “Survivors in Motion” to help last year’s tornadoes survivors....

    July 16, 2014

  • Free concert to feature Corey Smith

    Corey Smith, born and raised in Jefferson, Ga., will heat up the summer scene with a free concert at 8 p.m. on July 18 at the University of Oklahoma....

    July 11, 2014

  • OU showcases family treasures exhibit

    An exhibit consisting of 12 panels with the best practices on how to care for items — including textiles and recordings such as cassettes and family videos — is on display through July 10 in Beaird Lounge on the second floor of Oklahoma ...

    July 9, 2014

  • Sam Noble Museum awarded reaccreditation

    The American Alliance of Museums in Washington D.C. awarded the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History reaccreditation in 2014 for the fourth consecutive time. Accreditation offers a wide variety of benefits, including increased ...

    July 5, 2014

  • Emotional Brain set as July’s Neuro Night Forum topic

    Improving neurological health through education, research and access to care will be the topic of July’s Neuro Night forum at 6 p.m. July 15 at the Fountains at Canterbury, 1404 N.W. 122nd St. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m....

    July 2, 2014

  • Foundation makes $500,000 gift in support of OU libraries

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced at the OU Board of Regents meeting that The Helmerich Foundation of Tulsa will make a $500,000 gift in support of the renovation of a floor in the Neustadt Wing of Bizzell Memorial ...

    June 25, 2014

  • OU plans to construct new residential college housing

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that planning is underway for new residential colleges for upperclassmen and women....

    June 24, 2014

  • Design phase underway at OU for $12 million shelters

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that MA Plus, which was selected to design OU tornado shelters, is nearing completion of planning for $12 million tornado shelters at OU. The project is an expansion of ...

    June 24, 2014

  • OU law students support classmate with fundraiser

    Inspired by one of their classmates who is battling breast cancer for the third time, first year summer law students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law committed to public service by raising money for the Stephenson Cancer ...

    June 24, 2014