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Four to Receive Honorary Degrees at 198th Commencement

Story posted April 21, 2003

Bowdoin College will award four honorary degrees at its 198th Commencement exercises Saturday, May 24.

Mark Morris, founder, choreographer, and artistic director of the Mark Morris Dance Group: Doctor of Fine Arts.

Grace Paley, writer of poetry, short stories, and essays: Doctor of Letters.

Raymond S. Troubh '50, financial consultant: Doctor of Laws.

Margaret A. Hamburg, vice president for biological programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington and an expert on bioterrorism: Doctor of Science.

Dr. Hamburg will give a talk titled "Working for a Safer World: Our Shared Challenge" at the College's Baccalaureate ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday, May 23, in Morrell Gymnasium.

Mark Morris has been a creative force in the world of dance for more than 20 years - as a dancer, a choreographer, and as a director of dance, theater, and opera performances around the world. Morris studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson and performed with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Co., the Hannah Kahn Dance Co., Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Eliot Feld Ballet, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. In 1980 he founded the Mark Morris Dance Company, and has since created over 90 works for the Dance Group, and over a dozen commissions for ballet companies, including the San Francisco Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. He is the co-founder (with Mikhail Baryshnikov) of the White Oaks Dance Project (1990). From 1988-1991 he was the artistic director of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. For his creative genius, Mark Morris has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. In 1984 and 1990 he received the New York Dance and Performance Award. The Mark Morris Dance Group performed at Bowdoin in May 2000.

Grace Paley's short stories and poems document the uncommon lives of everyday people with pathos and humor. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Atlantic Monthly; her collections of stories include The Little Disturbances of Man (1959), Enormous Changes at the Last Minute (1974), Later the Same Day (1985), and The Collected Stories (1994). Paley taught for 23 years at Sarah Lawrence University, three years at the City University of New York graduate program, and at Syracuse and Columbia universities. Since her retirement she has taught at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Dartmouth. A member of the Academy of American Letters, she has received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edith Wharton Award (1989), the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Vermont Excellence in the Arts Award (1993), the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction (1997), and The Readers Digest Leila Wallace Award. She delivered the 1988 Spindel Lecture at Bowdoin and gave a reading of several of her works at the College in March 2001. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Paley divides her time between New York and Thetford Hill, Vermont.

Ray Troubh graduated from Bowdoin in 1950 and earned his law degree from Yale University in 1952. Early in his legal career he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harold Hitz Burton '09 (H '37). From 1954-58 he was an associate in the firm for Sullivan and Cromwell in New York. He was treasurer of the Lazard Fund (1958-60), associate with Lazard Freres & Co. (1961-68), and partner in that firm from 1968-1974. In 1974 he founded Troubh & Co., a financial consulting firm. He is a former governor of the American Stock Exchange and has a long record of service on corporate boards. In November 2001 he was called upon to be a member of the board at Enron and to be one of three members investigating corporate misconduct at Enron. He currently serves as interim board chair at Enron. Director's Alert named him one of nine Outstanding Directors in Corporate America 2002 "for lending a steady, cool and honest hand to boardrooms across corporate America in times of turmoil, most particularly in guiding Enron through crisis." In Bowdoin affairs, Troubh served on the Board of Overseers from 1978-90, as a member of the Alumni Council, a BASIC volunteer, and as a capital campaign volunteer.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg has made significant contributions to medicine and to public policies over the course of her career. She is currently Vice President for Biological Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, D.C., and is an internationally recognized authority on the threats posed by bioterrorism. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard and received her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. For six years she was the Commissioner of Health for the City of New York before becoming the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Council of Foreign Relations. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American College of Physicians and is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

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