Bryant Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients, 1940 - 1959

 

Year Bryant Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients Title Speakers and Honorary Degrees Undergrad or Graduate School
1940 McConaughy, James L. President, Wesleyan University 1925-1943 and Lieutenant-Governor, Connecticut 1938-1941 S U
1940 Cassidy, Thomas Vincent Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Providence Diocese and Secretary-Treasurer and Dean of the Catholic Teachers College of Providence H U
1940 Fitzpatrick, Winifred Loretta Director of the Providence District Nursing Association H U
1940 Barber, Jeremiah Clark Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Business Administration and for forty-seven years a member of the Faculty of Bryant College H U
1941 Wilson, Hugh Former United States Ambassador to Germany S,H U
1941 Hanley, James Lawrence Superintendent of Public Schools, Providence H U
1941 Moir, Phyllis Author, Editorial Assistant of "Forum-Current History" H U
1942 Sayre, Francis B. United States High Commissioner, Philippine Islands S,H U
1942 Kai-Shek, Madame Chiang Wife of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek H U
1942 Green, Theodore Francis Senator from Rhode Island 1937-1961 H U
1942 McGrath, J. Howard Governor of Rhode Island, 1940-1945 H U
1943 Woodward, Carl R. President, Rhode Island State College 1941-1958 S,H U
1943 Lomax, Paul Sanford Professor of Education and Chairman, Department of Business Education, New York University, and member of the Advisory Board of Bryant College H U
1944 Barkley, Alben W. Majority Leader (1937-1947), United States Senate S,H U
1944 Leach, Ruth M. Vice President, International Business Machines Corporation - IBM H U
1944 Griffith Anna I. Former Administrator, Child Welfare, Rhode Island H U
1945 Watson, Thomas J. President, International Business Machines Corporation - IBM S,H U
1945 Bond, Alice Dixon Literary Editor, Boston Herald and Boston Traveler H U
1946 McGrath, J. Howard Solicitor General, United States 1945-1946 S U
1946 Olds, Irving S. Chairman of the Board, United States Steel Corporation 1940-1952 H U
1946 Mosher, Ira Chairman of the Board, National Association of Manufacturers H U
1946 Barker, Harold R. Vice President, Industrial Trust Company H U
1946 Galliher, Daniel M. Registrar, Providence College H U
1946 Fine, Benjamin Education Editor, New York Times 1941-1958 H U
1947 Snyder, John Wesley Secretary of the Treasury, United States 1946-1953 S,H U
1947 Aldrich, Winthrop W. Chairman of the Board, Chase National Bank of New York 1930-1953 H U
1947 Marshall, Albert E. President, Rumford Chemical Works H U
1947 Hagar, Hubert A. General Manager, Gregg Publishing Company H U
1947 De Haas, Anton Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration H U
1948 Symington, W. Stuart Secretary of the Air Force, United States 1947-1950 S,H U
1948 McGrath, J. Howard Senator, United States - Rhode Island 1947-1949 H U
1948 Arnall, Ellis Gibbs Former Governor of Georgia 1943-1947 H U
1948 Palmer, Howard Shirley President, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company H U
1948 Proffitt, Edward J. W. Advisor on Bond Investments, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company H U
1949 Fairless, Benjamin F. President, United States Steel Corporation, 1938-1952 S,H U
1949 Kennedy, Clement President, New Ocean House, Swampscott, Massachusetts H U
1949 Pastore, John O. Governor of Rhode Island, 1945-1950 H U
1950 Sawyer, Charles Secretary of Commerce, United States 1948-1953 S,H U
1950 Ross, Nellie Tayloe Director of the United States Mint 1933-1953 H U
1950 Fales, William D. Head of the Textile School and Chairman Textile and Clothing Division, Rhode Island School of Design H U
1950 Whipple, Lucius A. President, Rhode Island College of Education 1940-1951 H U
1951 McGrath, Earl James United States Commissioner of Education 1949-1953 S,H U
1951 Malott, Deane Waldo President of Cornell University 1951-1963 H U
1951 Powers, William Edmonds Attorney General, Rhode Island 1949-1958 H U
1951 Bradford, Arthur Howe Pastor of Central Congregational Church H U
1952 Douglas, Paul Howard Senator, Illinois 1949-1967 S,H U
1952 Slavin, Robert Joseph President, Providence College 1947-1961 H U
1952 Porter, Sylvia Field Financial Editor, New York Post 1938- H U
1952 Leonard, Lucille Putnam President, National Congress of Parents and Teachers H U
1952 Thomas, Ernest Kinsey President, Rhode Island Horticultural Society H U
1953 Hobby, Oveta Culp United States Secretary of Health Education and Welfare, 1953-1955 S,H U
1953 Priest, Ivy Baker United States Treasurer, 1953-1961 H U
1953 Brainard, Morgan Bulkley President, Aetna Life Insurance Company 1922-1957 H U
1953 Penney, James Cash Founder and Chairman of the Board, J.C. Penney H U
1953 Babson, Roger Ward Founder and Head of Babson Institute of Business Administration (Babson College) H U
1954 Case, Harold C. President, Boston University 1951-1967 S,H U
1954 Adams, Sherman Assistant to the President of the United States 1953-1958 H U
1954 Collins, Cornelius B. Chairman, Rhode Island Board of Education H U
1954 Graham, Inez Headmistress, Graham-Eckes School, Palm Beach,Florida H U
1954 Kennedy, Clement President, New Ocean House, Swampscott, Massachusetts H U
1954 McMahon, John H. Chairman, Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates, Inc. H U
1955 Thomas, Charles Sparks Secretary, United States Navy 1954-1957 S,H U
1955 Roberts, Dennis J. Governor of Rhode Island 1951-1959 H U
1955 Roebling, Mary G. President, Chairman, Trenton Trust Company 1937-1972 H U
1955 Bennett, Granville Gaylord Retired Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island 1946-1954 H U
1956 Rogers, William P. Deputy Attorney General, United States 1957-1961 S,H U
1956 Humphreys, H.E. Jr. President & Chairman, United States Rubber Company H U
1956 Walsh, Michael F. Commissioner of Education, Rhode Island H U
1956 Maclean, Lola President, Detroit Commercial College H U
1957 Mitchell, James P. Secretary of Labor, United States 1953-1961 S,H U
1957 Sperti, George Speri Director, Institutum Divi Thomae Foundation 1935-1988 H U
1957 Murray, Florence Kerins Judge, Superior Court of Rhode Island 1956-1978 H U
1957 Hawskley, Raymond H. General Treasurer, Rhode Island 1949-1977 H U
1958 Hauge, Gabriel Special Assistant to the President of the United States 1956-1958 S,H U
1958 Dore, Vincent C. Academic Vice President, 1950-1961 & Dean of Faculty, 1957-1961, Providence College H U
1958 Harrington, Russell Chase Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Treasury Department 1955-1958 H U
1958 Sweeney, Margaret Deasy Executive Vice-President, Standish-Johnson Company H U
1958 Hamilton, William H. Treasurer, The Shepard Company H U
1959 Fogarty, John E. United States Congressman from Rhode Island 1941-1967 S,H U
1959 Smith, Margaret Chase United States Senator from Maine 1949-1973 H U
1959 Reynolds, Walter H. Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island 1951-1965 H U
1959 Silverman, Ida Marcia International Zionist Leader and American Philanthropist H U
1959 Arris, George H. Financial and Business Editor, The Providence Journal H U