Citadel to give six honorary degrees
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Citadel
will present six honorary doctoral degrees during 2001 commencement
activities, which begin Sunday, May 6.
Honorary degree recipients this year are:
Charles P. Darby, doctor of medical sciences
Raymond S. Greenberg, doctor medical sciences
Warren F. Lasch, doctor of business administration
Joseph H. Moore, doctor of engineering
Henry W. Rittenberg, doctor of medical sciences
Elizabeth Jenkins Young, doctor of letters
Raymond S. Greenberg, president of the Medical
University of South Carolina, will receive his honorary doctor
of medical sciences during The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional
Studies commencement exercises, which begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6
in McAlister Field House.
Dr. Greenberg, also the May 6 commencement speaker,
was named president of MUSC in January 2000, after five years as vice
president for academic affairs and provost. A native of Chapel Hill,
N.C., Dr. Greenberg graduated from UNC in 1976. He completed his medical
studies at Duke University and received a master's degree in public
health from Harvard University in 1980. Dr. Greenberg trained in pediatrics
at Boston Children's Hospital before returning to North Carolina to
complete a doctorate in epidemiology in 1983. Afterward, he joined the
Emory University faculty, where he oversaw a cancer registry in metropolitan
Atlanta, was chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
in the School of Medicine and was the first dean of the School of Public
Health. The author of about 150 scientific publications, Dr. Greenberg
is nationally recognized for his research on the causes of cancer, particularly
cancer among African Americans.
Five honorary degree recipients will be recognized during
commencement for the S.C. Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May
12 in McAlister Field House:
Charles P. Darby Jr., Citadel class of 1955,
will receive an honorary doctor of medical sciences
A Charleston native Dr. Darby has enjoyed a long and
distinguished career as both a pediatrician and pediatrics professor.
He earned his medical degree from the MUSC in 1959 and spent two years
in pediatric training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.,
before completing his residency at MUSC. After seven years in private
practice, he joined the MUSC faculty in 1970 and was appointed chairman
of the pediatrics department in 1982. It was under Darbys leadership
that the Childrens Hospital opened in 1988 and that pediatrics at MUSC
went on to become well respected in research and education. Darby, who
was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Jim Hodges in February,
will retire in June as chairman of MUSC pediatrics department and as
pediatrician-in-chief of MUSC Childrens Healthcare Services. He will
continue as executive director of MUSC Childrens Healthcare Services.
Warren F. Lasch will receive an honorary doctor
of business administration
Lasch is known as a leader in the business world, but
lately his name is more often associated with the Confederate submarine,
the H.L. Hunley, which sank the Union blockade ship Housatonic
on Feb. 17, 1864. Lasch serves as board chairman for The Friends
of the Hunley and is responsible for coordinating the recovery
and restoration of the Confederate submarine, which was raised from
the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in August 2000. For his efforts he
has received the state's highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, and
the Christopher Gadsden Award from the Maritime Association of the Port
Joseph H. Moore, a 1943 Citadel graduate,
will receive an honorary doctor of engineering.
A South Carolina native, Dr. Moore is both an engineer
and an educator, having taught civil engineering at The Citadel for
three of his 40 years in higher education. As an educator, Dr. Moore
developed research projects, launched the Capitol Campus at Pennsylvania
State University and expanded faculty, staff and research capabilities
in the Clemson University Civil Engineering Department. Throughout that
time, Dr. Moore continued to practice structural engineering with various
consulting firms so he could bring real world experiences into his classroom
and to his students. A veteran of World War II, Dr. Moore has left his
engineering mark on the nation's roads and bridges, from the Florida
Turnpike to the Garden State Highway in New Jersey.
Henry W. Rittenberg, a 1938 Citadel graduate,
will receive an honorary doctor of medicine.
A well-known local physician, Dr. Rittenberg didn't
begin medical school until 14 years after graduation, spending the intervening
years serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, working in business
and earning a pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina.
He graduated from MUSC in 1955 at the top of his class and went on to
practice family medicine with his brother in North Charleston from 1957
until his retirement in 1985. He has been active with the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Christian-Jewish Council of Charleston
and was past president of the MUSC Medical Alumni Association. He is
a life member of the Citadel Alumni Association and charter member of
The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.
Elizabeth Jenkins Young will receive an honorary
doctor of letters.
Mrs. Young is a descendant of Micah Jenkins, an 1854
Citadel graduate and Confederate general who served with distinction
during the Civil War and for whom Jenkins Hall on The Citadel campus
is named. Mrs. Young has been active in community improvement projects
in Charleston throughout her life, especially those related to preservation
of Charleston s rich heritage. She is a past president of the Junior
League, the Preservation Society of Charleston and College of Charleston
Alumni. She also has been a leader in cultural enrichment endeavors
in the city having served on the boards of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra,
the Family Service Agency, The United Fund, St. Michael's Episcopal
Church and the Clean City Commission.
Earlier this year, The Citadel presented honorary degrees
to Bernard Warsaw of Walterboro, Lt. General James B. Vaught of Conway,
Pat Conroy of Fripp Island and Col. Thomas N. Courvoisie of Mt. Pleasant.