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College Row
Graduates of Class of 2004
Senior Class Marshals Lincoln Mayer (left) and Alexandra Linden (right) lead the 2004 Commencement procession. Behind them are senior Ifeoma Anunkor and Class Speaker Matthew Murumba.

Seven receive honorary degrees

The college awarded honorary degrees to the following seven individuals during the annual Commencement exercises on May 23.

Rafael Campo ’87 has combined a career as a physician with a second career as a poet. Practicing general internal medicine with Health Care Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, he also is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, where he has developed a curriculum in medicine and literature. In addition, he has been active in gay and lesbian health issues and HIV and AIDS prevention. Campo is the author of four books of poetry and the autobiographical Poetry of Healing: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity and Desire. Doctor of Literature.

Albert O. Hirschman has been an iconoclastic path breaker on the subject of economic development, and is well-known for his willingness to step outside his discipline. His original concepts, including that of “exit, voice and loyalty,” and “backward and forward linkages,” have changed the landscape of the social sciences. During his long and varied career, he worked as a Federal Reserve Board economist; a Colombian economic adviser; and as a professor at Yale, Columbia, Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he became emeritus in 1985. Doctor of Humane Letters.

Donald McMillan Routh ’58 has been a national leader in defining and promoting need-based financial aid in American colleges and universities. Dean of financial aid at Amherst from 1964 to 1981, then dean of financial aid at Yale, Routh chaired the College Scholarship Service Council and the Policy Committee of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, where he sparked national discussion of financial aid issues while improving student access to higher education. Doctor of Humane Letters.

Kate Seelye ’84 is one of the nation’s most recognized voices on Arab and Middle Eastern affairs. A National Public Radio reporter who previously worked for influential news organizations including the Los Angeles Times and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, she currently has a Fulbright grant to support work on a documentary about U.S.-Arab relations. Doctor of Humane Letters.

Theda Skocpol is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary thinker, recognized since the beginning of her career as a major figure in the fields of historical sociology and comparative politics. At Harvard, she serves both as the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology and as director of the Center for American Political Studies, and she has been president of both the American Political Science Association and the Social Science History Association. Her first book, States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia and China, changed the way revolutions are studied, and her groundbreaking Protecting Soldiers and Mothers recast the history of American social provision. Doctor of Laws.

Robert Trivers is a professor of anthropology and biological sciences at Rutgers University and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. A leader in the fields of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, Trivers has described his own interests as encompassing social evolution, natural selection and social theory, and the evolution of “selfish” genetic elements. A revolutionary thinker, he is the author of a number of books—including, perhaps most importantly, Social Evolution—as well as a series of papers that over the past 30 years have helped redefine the fields of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology. Doctor of Science.

Jeffrey Charles Wright ’87 is an award-winning stage, film and television actor. He began acting late—during his senior year at Amherst—and a few years later received a Tony Award for his performance in Angels in America, then earned an Obie and a second Tony nomination for Topdog/Underdog. On screen, he played the title role in Basquiat, and also starred in Shaft and Ride with the Devil. Last year he earned a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s acclaimed adaptation of Angels in America. Doctor of Humane Letters.

For full citations, go to www.amherst.edu/commencement/2004/honorands/

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