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Honorary Degrees

An honorary degree is one of Carthage College’s most significant accolades. Carthage College awards honorary degrees on a selective basis to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the mission of the College.

Previous Recipients

Carthage is proud to have conferred an honorary degree upon the following individuals:

2014

Rev. Darrell Jodock, D.D.

2013

Rev. Ross Larson, D.D.

2012

Rev. Jeff Barrow, D.Div.

Rev. Wayne N. Miller, D.Div.

2011

Rev. John Nunes, D.Min.

2010  

Rev. Carl Nelson, D.D.
Rev. Timothy Wengert, D.D.

2009  

Rev. Erno Dahl, Ed.D.
Rev. David Rhoads, D.D.

2008

Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, D.P.S.
Weston Noble, D.F.A.

2007  

Rev. William B. Downey (posthumously, to his wife, Gladys), D.D.
Rev. Robert Wilch, D.D.

2006

Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, D. Div.
The Hon. Paul Ryan, D. Laws
H.E. Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga

2005  

Joseph T. Mangi, D.P.S.
Moeen Qureshi, L.L.D.
Rev. Bernard L. Richardson, D.D.

2004

Rev. Lloyd Ogilvie, D.D.
Paul Volcker, L.L.D.

2003

Rev. William Lazareth, D.D.
Julie McCarthy, D.H.L.
RADM Ann E. Rondeau, D.P.S.

2002

Leon Kass, D.H.L.
Rev. John J. Piderit, S.J., D.P.S.
James H. Billington, D.P.S.

2001

Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Dr. of Science
George W. Pollard, D.F.A.
Rev. Harvard W. Stephens, Jr., D.D.

2000

Jean Bethke Elshtain, D.H.L.
Rev. Robert Paul Roth, D.D.
Daniel J. Travanti, D.F.A.

1999

John D. Callaway, D.H.L.
George Connolly, D.P.S.
Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Echols, D.D
Dr. David Uber, Music ’44

1998

Dr. Patricia Gober, D.S.
Dan Jansen, L.L.D.
John E. Koenitzer, D.P.S. ’51

1997

Rev. H. George Anderson, D.D.
Rev. James M. Gustafson, D.HL.
Eugene Potente, Jr., D.F.A.
Pat Tarble, L.L.D.

1996  

William H. McNeill, D.H.L.
Mary Nelson, D.P.S.
Rev. William L. Perry, D.D. ’62
Dr. Sylvester Sterioff, D.P.S.

1995

Phil H. Sander, D.P.S.
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., D.H.L.
Rev. David L. Tiede, D.D.
Rev. Donald E. Wagner, D.D.

1994

Sister Rose Marie Cepress, Social Work
Bob Love, D.H.L.
Rev. Dudley Riggle, D.D.
Betty J. Thompson, D.P.S.
John William Vessey, Jr, L.L.D.

1993

Rev. Donald M. Hallberg, D.D.
Thelma Orr, Social Work
Jim Palmer, Education
David A. Straz, Jr., D.P.S.

1992 

Mortimer J. Adler, D.H.L.
Rev. Jon. S. Enslin, D.D.
Greta Hansen, D. SW. ’71

1991 

Joseph F. Andrea, LL.D.
Fr. Avery Dulles, D.D.
Imogene P. Johnson, D.H.L.
Prof. Jaroslav Pelikan, D.H.L.
Rev. Robert A.K. Runcie, D.D.

1990

Rev. Ellsworth E. Freyer, D.D. ’58
Rev. Ronald K. Hasley, D.D
Masato Mizuno, L.L.D. ’70
Joy Moy, D.H.L.
Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, D.L

1989

Rev. Lowell G. Almen, D.D.
Roland Olson, L.L.D.
Wally Phillips, L.L.D.

1988  

Alan R. Anderson, L.L.D. ’50
Sherman G. Hicks, D.D.
Elmer W. Johnson, D.H.L.
Rev. John P. Kaitschuk, D.D.
Lowell H. Mays, D.D.
W. Robert Sorensen, D.D.

1987  

Harold H. Lentz, D. Humanites
Richard Marconi, D.B.A.
Rev. Peter Rogness, D.D.
James L. Sundquist, D.S.S.

1986  

Gerda Weissmann Klein, D.H.L.
Rev. June Nilssen, D.D.
Martin Staunt, D.H.L.

1985  

Ness Flores, D.Law
Rev. Ronald Lavin, D.D.
Erna Rueggeberg, D.H.L.
Dr. James M. Unglaube, D.C.E. ’63

1984  

Lois Dekker, D.C.E.
Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, D.D.
Merton E. Knisely, D.H.L.
Rogers Palmer, D.H.L.

1983  

Matthias Kern, D.M.
Russell M. Rutter, D.H.L.
Rev. John H. Tietjen, D.D.
Frank P. Ziedler, D.H.L.

1982  

Rev. William H. Kohn, D.D.
Dr. Gottfried Krodel, D.H.L.
Mr Reginald P. Merridew, D.H.L.
Rev. William H. Truby, D.D.

1981  

William K. Eastham, D.H.L.
Rev. Frederick A. Marks, D.D.
Ruth Youngdahl Nelson, H.L

1980  

Les Aspin, LL. D.
Donald E. Behrens, D.H.L.
Rev. Benjamin Gjenvick, D.D.
Rev. Chester I. Johnson, D.D.

1979  

Rev. Harry S. Anderson, D.D.
Florence Parry Heide, L.H.D.
Margaret Hillis, D. Music
Keith W. Stoehr, D.H.

1978  

Leslie Paffrath, D.H.L.
Studs Terkel, D. Litt.

1977  

Harland Bartholomew, LL.D.
Melva Lind, D. Litt.
Ross H. Trower, D.D. ’43

1976  

Robert F. Krasa, D.H.L.
Mary Eleanor Lentz, D.H.L.
William L. Niemann, LL.D. ’41
Donovan H. Palmquist, D.D.
Richard I. Preis, D.D.
Morris W. Reid, LL.D.
Newton E. Tarble, LL.D.

1975  

Robert F. Boden, LL.D.
Robert G. Borgwardt, D.H.L.
Roy W. Davis, D.H.L.
Madeline Doran, D. Litt.
G. Theodore Mitau, LL.D.
Robert W. Schroeder, D.H.L.

1974  

Lucien Cailliet, D. Music
Arthur G. Dixon, LL.D.
William B. Graham, LL.D.
Rev. Robert Hetico, D.D.
Samuel C. Johnson, LL.D.
Dr. Ruth A. Maxwell, D. Litt.
Rev. Christian Meyer, D.D. ’42

1973  

John H.  Baumgaertner, D.D.
Robert L. Grover, LL.D.
George L. Mosse, D. Litt.
Frances Murphy, D.H.L.
Tom Murphy, D.H.L.
Erland Nelson, D.Sc. ’42
Harley A. Swiggum, D.D.

1972  

Dr. Frank Capra, D.F.A.
Roy D. Chapin, Jr., LL.D.
Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild, LL.D.
E.A. Grede, D. HL.
Dr. Ralph J. Jalkanen, D.D.
Dr. Frank P. Madsen, LL.D.
Dr. Theodore E. Matson, LL.D.
Dr. George A. Nicholson, Jr., LL.D.
Clarence (Dorothy) VanLoo, D.H.L.
Dr. Boyce R. Williams, L.H.B.

1971  

Dr. Howard Ellis Cox, LL.D. ’33
Dr. Dorris A. Flesner, D.D. ’36
Dr. Pearl E. Goeller, D. HL. ’20
Hon. Mark Odom Hatfield, D.C.L.
Rev; Wesley A. Samuelson, D.D.
Dr. Krister Stendahl, D.S.T.

1970  

Robert Barndt Anderson, D.D.
Frederick B. Artz, D. Litt.
Alden W. Clausen ’44
Robert William Girod, D.D.
Ralph Warner Hammett, D.F.A.
William G. Juergens, LL.D. ’25
William Walsh, D.H.L.
Rev. Charles Witt ’46

1969

Rev. Edgar W. Belter ’48
Rev. Howard A. Christensen
William S. Ellis
William Proxmire

1968  

Kenneth E. Baulding
Rev. Arno D. Martin
R.L. Siebert
Rev. Constantine Trued

1967 

Dr. Quirinus Breen
Rev. G.Wm. Genszler, D.D. ’37
Rev. Jerome A. Miller
Fr. Stransky

1966  

Dr. Carl Becker
Hon. George Currie
Dr. Charles J. Curtis
Dr. Frederick J. Hoffman
O. Ewald Peterson
Dr. Richard Powell

1965  

Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand, IL. D.D. ’42
Wilbur Capps, LL.D.
Rev. Glenn Cloninger, D.D.
Harold J. Grimm, D.Litt
Rev. Ingolf B. Kindem, D.D.
Bernard Tallent
Charles Whitten, D.Sc. ’30

1964

Rev. D.P. Dovemuehle, D.D. ’39

1963 

Herbert Fisk Johnson, L.H.D.
Joseph Johnson, Sc.D.
Rev. Frederick R. Ludwig, D.D.
Rev. William Niebling, D.D.
Rienow, D. Litt. ’30
Rev. Alfred H. Stone, D.D. ’37
Dr. Harold Swanbert, Sc.D.
Clarence Turley, LL.D.
Milton C. Wittenberg, L.H.D.

1962  

John Leonard Berger, LH.D.
W.O. Helwig, LL.D.
General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer, Sc.D.
Rev. Robert Sebastian Romies, D.D. ’35
Rev. B.J. Stecker, D.D.
Orlando W. Wilson, LL.D.

1961 

Rev. Walter Kloetzli, LL.D.
Rev. Robert J. Marshall, D.D.
Rev. Paul L. Roth, D.D.
Rev. Theodore A. Youngquist, D.D.

1960

Arthur L. Grede, L.H.D.
Rev. George L. Lundquist, D.D.
Rev. Luther C. Mueller, D.D. ’31
Donald K. Slayton, Sc. D.

1959  

Rev. William H. Cooper, D.D.
Rev. William R. Eller, D.D.
Emma M. Johnson, L.H.D. ’24
LeRoy J. Knoeppel, LL.D. ’27
Rev. Theodore Stephens Rees, D.D. ’27
Rev. William W. Roth, D.D.

1958

Dr. Marcue Bach, LL.D.
Rev. Henry W. Opperman, D.D.
Rev. Hugh Paton, D.D. ’30
Rev. A. Howard Weeg, D.D.

1957  

Rev. Dr. Jerald C. Brauer, LL.D. ’43
Rev. William A. Kiser, D.D.
Rev. Clarence B. Lund, D.D. ’31
Alex Miller, L.H.D.
Dr. James L. d’Aumont Roth, Sc.D. ’38

1956

Dr. Ralph A. Dorner, Sc. D. ’30
Cedric Foster, Litt. D.
Rev. Garrett F. Gensler, D.D. ’25
Carl F. Granrud, LL.D.
Rev. Maurice E. Lesher, D.D. ’23
Rev. Ernest D. Nielsen, Litt.D. ’28
Rev. Amos G. Streich, D.D.

1955

Rev. Carl D. Kammeyer, D.D.
J. Martin Klotsche, LL.D.
The Rev,. Frederick F. Mueller, D.D. ’28
Rev. Harold T. Rasmussen, D.D.
Luther W. Youngdahl, LL.D.

1954

Rev. K. William Braun, D.D. ’31
Dr. O.A. Hanke, L.H.D.
Rev. Kenneth A. Hurst, D.D. ’23
William K. Selden, LL.D.
Rev. Carl V. Tambert ’29

1953

Rev. Elmer E. Flack, LL.D. ’16
Rev. George B. McCreary, D.D.
Dr. Leon A. Sweet, Sc.D. ’30

1952

Rev. Alfred Jensen, D.D.
Conger Reynolds, LL.D.
Merriam H. Trytten, Sc. D.
Mildred W. Winston, Litt. D.

1951

Rev. William G. Arbaugh, D.D. ’23
A.O. Boatman, Sc. D.
Rev. Albert E. Iverson,D.D.
J. Loy Maloney, LL.D.
Rev. Henry F. Schuh, LL.D.

1950

Rev. Paul E. Bishop, D.D.

1949

Rev.Frederick D. Boldt, D.D.
Everett G. Mitchell, Litt.D.

1948

Edith E. Eykamp, D. Litt. ’24

1943

Rev. Charles B. Foelsch, D.D.

1942

Rev. J.R. Frenzel, D.D.
Rev. Edward A. Piper, D.D. ’20
Rev. W. Carl Satre, D.D. ’25

1941

Rev. William J. Boatman, D.D.
Rev. William H. Gable, D.D.
Rev. Alfred L. Grewe, D.D.

1940

Rev. R.R. Belter, D.D.
Dr. Armin George Weng, D.D.

1939

Rev. Mark A. Getzendanner, D.D. ’14
Rev. Charles L Venable, D.D.

1938

Rev. Leland H. Lesher, D.D. ’18
Rev. Carl C. Roth, D.D.

1937

Rev. O. Garfield Beckstrand, D.D. ’17
Rev. Walter D. Spangler, D.D.
Rev. Paul H. Stahl, D.D.

1936

Rev. Oak W. Ebright, D.D. ’16

1935

Rev. William P. Christy, D.D.

1934

T.E. Musselman, Sc.D.

1933

Alfred G. Heitman, Sc.D. ’08

1932

Rev. George P. Lottich, D.D.

1930

Rev. Clarence E. Paulus, D.D.
Rev. Edward P. Scharf, D.D.

1929

Rev. Frank E. Jensen, D.D.
Karr Parker, Sc. D. ’13

1927

Rev. John F. Fedder, D.D.

1926

Rev. J.D. Riser, D.D. ’95

1925

Rev. W.F. Rex, D.D.
Rev. A.J. Soldan, D.D.

1924

Rev. Paul W. Roth, D.D.
Rev. Nils Willison, Litt.D.

1920

Rev. R.B. Garten, D.D.

1918

Rev. Stewart W. Herman, D.D.

 

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