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Past Honorary Degree Recipients

2020

Thomas M. O’Reilly, M.B.A.,
President, Pine Manor College

Keith Motley, Ph.D.,
Professor, Chancellor Emeritus, UMass Boston

2019

Melissa James,
Founder, President and CEO of The Tech Connection

William Gross,
Commissioner of the Boston Police Department

2018

Michael S. Dukakis
Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential nominee 

Renée Watson
Author, activist, and educator 

2017

Tommy Chang, Ed.D.
Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools 

Katrina Shaw, M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer, Freedom House, Inc. 

2016

Linda “Lenny” Kooluris Dobbs ’68
Painter, Illustrator and Photographer 

Brenda Bernstein Shapiro ’58
Member of the Pine Manor College Board of Trustees 

2015

Serena Strazzulla Kokjer Greening ’59
Board of Trustees, Pine Manor College 

2014

Barnett “Barney” Frank, M.A.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts 1981-2013 

Elizabeth Van Orsdel Moulds ’64
Trustee of Pine Manor College, 2006-2014 

2013

Bishnu Maya Pariyar, M.A.
Founder & President, Empower Dalit Women of Nepal (EDWON) 2004 graduate of Pine Manor College 

2012

Jill Ker Conway
Author, Visiting Scholar and Professor at MIT President of Smith College, 1975-1985 

Linda Dorcena Forry
State Representative for the 12th Suffolk District of Massachusetts, 2005-Present 

Laurie Samuels Pascal
Vice President, Business Development and Planning, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Trustee of Pine Manor College, 2002-2012 

2011

Lydia R. Diamond
Playwright and Producer 

Gloria Nemerowicz, Ph.D.
President, Pine Manor College

 

Candice Wolfswinkel ’97
Chief of Staff, TOMS Shoe Company 

2010

Trish Carter
CEO and Co-Founder, Dancing Deer Baking Company 

Corneila Kubler Kavanagh ’60
Sculptor 

Gloria Reuben
Actress, Singer, Social Activist 

2009

Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. Associate Dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs, Dartmouth Medical School 

Diane B. Patrick Attorney and First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Deborah E. Wiley ’66 Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

2008

JudyAnn Rollins
Bigby, M.D.
Secretery of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Constance Hess Williams ’64
Senator, 17th District Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Jacqueline Woodson Award-Winning Author 

2007

Anne Noland Edwards ’70, P’00
Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Pine Manor College 

Philip O. Geier, Ph.D. Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Pine Manor College Executive Director, Davis United World College Scholars Program

Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School Associate in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

Swanee Hunt, Ph.D. Director, Women and Public Policy Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 

Victoria Rowell Actress, Author and Dancer Founder, Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan 

2006

Leslie Allen
Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Allen Foundation 

Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D.
President, Bennett College for Women 

Emily Kernan Rafferty ’69
President, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC 

2005

Callie Crossley Television and Documentary Producer 

Maconda Brown O’Connor ’50, Ph.D. Education Scholar 

Patara Raiva Sila-On ’61
Chair, S&P Syndicate Public Company Limited 

Lillian Vernon Founding Chairman, Lillian Vernon Corporation 

2004

Priscilla Dewey Houghton ’44
Arts Educator and Author 

Barbara Lee
Principal, The Barbara Lee Family Foundation 

Gloria White-Hammond, M.D.
Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Methodist Church 

2003

Anne B. Batterson ’59 Author, Adventurer, Teacher 

Marsha Johnson Evans President and CEO, American Red Cross 

Antonia Coella Novello, M.D.
New York State Health Commissioner 

2002

Libby C. Candler ’77 Co-Chair, Board of Trustees, Pine Manor College 

Susan D. Lindquist, Ph.D.
Director, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research 

Marita Rivera
Vice President and Radio General Manager, WGBH 

2001

Vicki Donlan ’71 Founder and Publisher, Women’s Business Pine Manor College 

Sandra Labas Fenwick Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Hospital, Boston 

Martella Wilson-Taylor President and CEO, YWCA-Boston

2000

Catherine Bertini Executive Director, World Food Programme 

Deborah
Prothrow-Stith
Associate Director for Faculty Development and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice Harvard School of Public Health 

Nina Totenberg
Legal Affairs Correspondent, National Public Radio 

Karen Smyers
World Champion Triathelete 

1999

The Honorable Jane Swift
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts 

Kip Tiernan
Founder, Rosie’s Place Co-Founder, Poor People’s United Fund 

Linda Whitlock President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston 

1998

Star Jones, Esq.
Co-Host , ABC TV’s The View 

Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D.
Assistant Surgeon General of the United States 

Frances Crandall Dyke ’25 (posthumous)
PMC Alumna and Benefactor 

1997

Judy George
Chair and CEO, Domain Home Fashions 

Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University

Edith Blakeslee Phelps Author, Spokesperson, and Consultant on the Education and Development of Girls and Young Women 

1996

Teresa Heinz Philanthropist and Chair The Heinz Family Foundation 

Barbara Gray Koch ’50 Trustee Emerita,
Pine Manor College 

Patricia Smith
Poet, Boston Globe Columnist 

Lydia Woodward ’71 Executive Producer/Writer, ER 

1995

Rodman R. Henry Professor Emeritus, Art History Pine Manor College 

Margaret Lazarus Documentary Film Maker 

Mary Richardson
Co-Anchor, Channel 5’s Chronicle 

1994

Michel Butor Author 

Susan Hampshire Actress 

Robert Conover Macauley
President, Americares Foundation 

Liz Walker
Anchor, WBZ-TV4 

1993

Susan McGee Bailey Director, Wellesley College Center for Research on Women 

Euterpe Boukis Dukakis
Retired Educator 

Sherri Poe
CEO and Founder, Ryka, Inc. 

1992

Richard E. Deutsch Trustee Emeritus,
Pine Manor College Philanthropist 

William Randolph Hearst, Jr. (posthumous) Chairman, Hearst Enterprises 

1991

Wallis Annenberg ’59 Counselor, Daniel Freeman Hospital Editorial Staff, TV Guide 

Mother Clara Hale Founder, Hale House, New York City 

Seamus Heaney
Poet, Nobel Prize Winner 

John A. Rassias
Faculty, Dartmouth College Founder, Rassias Language Institute 

1990

Alice Tepper Marlin President, Council on Economic Priorities 

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Chairman Emeritus, McGraw-Hill, Inc. 

1989

The Honorable Walter H. Annenberg Philanthropist and former Ambassador to Great Britain 

Edgar Bronfman, Jr. President, Seagram Company 

Martina S. Horner Former President, Radcliffe College 

Donald Saunders
Real Estate Developer 

Liv Ullman
Actress 

1988

Diahann Carroll Actress, Singer 

Nancy Dickerson Writer, TV Reporter 

Marvin Minsky Mathematician, Physicist, Engineer 

George Plimpton Author/Editor, Paris Review 

1987

Leonard Bernstein Composer, Conductor 

Helen Grace Coates Former PMC Faculty, Concert Pianist, Arts Administrator 

James Browning Wyeth
Artist 

Kitty Carlisle Hart Actress, Singer, Arts Administrator 

1986

Sharon Percy Rockefeller
President, WETA FM 

Judy Woodruff
Former Chief Correspondent, MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour

1985

Josephine Abercrombie ’44
Chairman, J.A. Abercrombie & Sons

 

John Marion
Honorary Chairman, Sotheby’s North America 

1984

Barbara Carroll Block Jazz Pianist 

Katherine Fanning Editor, Christian Science Monitor 

1983

Sherry Lansing Independent Producer and Partner, 

Jaffe-Lansing Productions 

Emily Wetherby Sullivan ’24
Designer, Emily Wetherby Associates 

1982

Leonore Annenberg Former Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State

Pauline Tompkins ’38 Educator, Writer President Emerita, Cedar Crest College 

1981

Dorothy McGuire Swope ’36
Actress 

Frederick Carlos Ferry, Jr.
President Emeritus, Pine Manor College 

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