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Bowdoin College to Award Four Honorary Degrees

Story posted May 15, 1998

May 11, 1998 BRUNSWICK, Maine --Bowdoin College will award four honorary degrees during its 193rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 23. The four recipients and their honorary degrees are:

Jef D. Boeke of Baltimore, Md., professor and research scientist; researcher in anti-viral and anti-cancer technology; a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1976; doctor of science. Barbara Bonney of Montclair, N.J., artist and teacher; principal soprano soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden; graduate of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham; doctor of humane letters. The Rev. Frank Washington Jarvis III of West Roxbury, Mass., educator and community leader; headmaster of the Roxbury-Latin School; author of four books, doctor of humane letters. Harold L. Oshry of Tamarac, Fla.; businessman and philanthropist; founder and CEO of Sandgate Corp., a transportation services company; chairman, Universal Auto Group of New York City; a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1940, doctor of laws.

Biographies of each of the honorary degree recipients are attached. For more information or photos (if not enclosed), contact Kevin Wesley, assistant director of public affairs, at 725-3832.

Bowdoin College 1998 Honorary Degree Recipients

Jef D. Boeke

Doctor of Science

Jef D. Boeke '76 is a premier scientist whose research into anti-viral and anti-cancer technology has helped in the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A professor and geneticist in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Boeke has discovered and patented an anti-viral technology that creates a hybrid gene capable of destroying the HIV virus when transferred into infected cells. He has published more than 130 articles in professional journals and scientific texts and has been granted two patents and has four others pending for various methods of protein synthesis and transposition.

Barbara Bonney

Doctor of Humane Letters

Barbara Bonney's artistry is world-renowned through her masterful interpretations of vocal music ranging from Bach cantatas to Bernstein's "West Side Story." A graduate of Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Bonney has sung the top lyric soprano roles with the world's best orchestras. Critics have called her "one of the most beautiful voices of her generation." Bonney has made more than 50 recordings of sacred music, choral works, opera and lieder. She appears regularly with the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and OpŽra Bastille.

The Rev. Frank Washington Jarvis III

Doctor of Humane Letters

The Rev. Frank Washington (Tony) Jarvis III is an educator and Episcopal priest in Boston. A distinguished educator committed to excellence and community service, Jarvis has been headmaster of the Roxbury-Latin School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, for 25 years. He continues to uphold the classical curriculum and spiritual foundation of the oldest independent school in North America, founded in 1645. The school maintains a socio-economically diverse student body that draws students from Boston and surrounding communities. Jarvis is priest associate at All Saints Episcopal Church in Roxbury and the author of four books.

Harold L. Oshry

Doctor of Laws

Harold L. Oshry '40 is a businessman with a heart of gold. He is a well-known supporter of humanitarian, educational and Jewish causes, sparing no expense of time, energy, or substance. Oshry is the founder and chief executive officer of the Sandgate Corporation, a transportation services holding company with offices throughout the United States. He is also the chairman of the Universal Auto Group of New York. Oshry is a longtime leader in community affairs both in New York and Florida. In 1976 he endowed the Harold Louis Oshry Scholarship Fund at Bowdoin in honor of his father. In 1993, the Oshry family endowed the Claire and Harold Oshry Chair in Aquatic Microbiology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in New York City.

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