April 27, 1999
Citadel will present seven honorary doctoral degrees during commencement
exercises. Recipients and their degrees are:
- Patrick J. Buchanan, doctor of journalism
- James E. Clyburn, doctor of political science
- Edward W. Haselden, doctor of business administration
- Carroll N. LeTellier, doctor of engineering
- Ernest L. Passailaigue, doctor of public administration
- James O. Rigney, doctor of literature
- Jean H. Toal, doctor of law
Journalist, author, and politician Patrick J. Buchanan was born in Washington D.C. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University and went on to enter journalism school at Columbia University. In 1966, the already known journalist began his political career, moving in and out of the White House as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan and has twice been a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Mr. Buchanan is currently a candidate for the 2000 election.
Congressman James E. Clyburn began his career as a public school teacher, employment counselor, and director of community development projects in Charleston. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, becoming the first black House member since his great uncle who held the same position nearly a century before him. Today, Clyburn is serving his fourth congressional term as House member, representing District 6.
Edward W. Haselden entered The Citadel with the Class of 1930 and attended the military college. He went on to work for General Electric Corporation and South Carolina Electric and Gas Company before managing the Columbia Hotel for Barringer Hotel chain. After Haseldens service in the military during World War II, he became vice president of McKesson Corporation. He developed Columbia real estate and served on the board of the First National Bank of South Carolina.
Carroll LeTellier graduated from The Citadel in 1949. Upon graduation LeTellier received a commission in the U.S. Army where he pursued a successful military career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He later earned a masters of science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Subsequent to Gen. LeTelliers retirement from active duty, he pursued a highly productive civilian career in civil engineering, serving as a vice president and director of Sverdrup Corporation. He also provided consulting services for engineering projects which include the maintenance of the aging Grace Memorial Bridge and the highly publicized Cooper River Rediversion Project.
South Carolina state Senator Ernest L. Passailaigue has represented Charleston and Berkely counties in the South Carolina Senate since 1989, serving on numerous committees such as the Banking and Insurance Committee, Finance Committee, the Hunley Commission Council of State Governments Strategic Planning Committee, Invitations Committee, Labor Commerce and Industry Committee and the Transportation Committee. During his tenure he has also served on Joint Legislative Committees such as the Aging committee, Cultural Affairs committee, and the committee to Review Intrabudgetary Transfer Funds to the Department of Highways and Public Transportation. In addition to his position in the Senate, Passailaigue is a certified public accountant with Passailaigue, Blanchard & Knight.
James O. Rigney graduated from The Citadel in 1974 with a degree in physics and went on to become a nuclear engineer. Mr. Rigney is undoubtedly better known for his pseudonyms which include Robert Jordan, Regan ONeal, Jackson OReilly, and Lung Chan. He began his writing career in 1977. The New York Times has described him as an American heir to J.R.R. Tolkein. Robert Jordan, his most famous pseudonym, has spawned a tremendous following with fantasy and science fiction readers. There are now more than eight million copies of his novels sold in the United States alone, and they have been published in nineteen other countries as well. The Path of Daggers, his latest novel, opened at number one on the New York Times Best Seller List, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and the Toronto Globe and Mail.
Jean Hoefer Toal is currently the senior associate justice for the South Carolina Supreme Court. She received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1965 from Agnes Scott College and in 1968 she received a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina and went on to practice law with the Haynsworth Law Firm in Greenville where she would practice until 1970. In 1970, she moved to Columbia to begin work for Belser, Belser, Baker & Barwick where she would become a partner in 1974. In 1975, she was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from Richland County where she would serve for thirteen years. She was the first woman in South Carolina to chair a standing committee of the House of Representatives and she served as chairman of the House Rules Committee and chairman of the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee of House Judiciary Committee.