Who Got the Honoraries?

June 30th, 2017


Frank Mullin
Rosmarie Waldrop.
Doctor of Fine Arts
Cofounder of the Tribeca Film Festival, De Niro won his first Academy Award for The Godfather: Part II and six years later won as best actor for Raging Bull. He’s also been nominated for his work in Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings, Cape Fear, and Silver Linings Playbook.  (see “Q&A,” page 14).

Doctor of Fine Arts
An actor who combines theater with spoken-word poetry and rap, Diggs won a Tony for playing both Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in Hamilton. He is a member of the West Coast–based rap deconstructionist trio “clipping,” and has appeared as a recurring character on Law & Order: SVU, black-ish, and The Get Down (see “Boxless Thinking,” page 10).

DONALD HOOD ’68 ScM, ’70 PhD
Doctor of Humane Letters
A Columbia faculty member since 1969, Hood is the James F. Bender Professor of Psychology and Professor of Ophthalmic Science. He teaches the relationship between the brain and behavior, and his research focuses on the diseases of the retina and optic nerve. He has been a fellow of the Brown Corporation since 2010 and secretary since 2008.

Doctor of Humane Letters
Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Nooyi is the chief architect of the company’s Performance with Purpose philosophy. PepsiCo has twenty-two brands, including Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi-Cola, which together generate more than a billion dollars annually in retail sales. 

Doctor of Humane Letters
A senior adviser at Providence Equity Partners, Parsons has headed Citigroup, Time Warner, Dime Bancorp, and been managing partner of New York City law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. He has also been counsel for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, a senior White House aide for President Gerald Ford, and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Doctor of Letters
The author of more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, Waldrop has also translated more than twenty books from French and German. In April she received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for Gap Gardening: Selected Poems. With her husband, Keith Waldrop, she runs the small publisher Burning Deck, for which she also writes and translates.

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