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U of U Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

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Mar. 10, 2009 -- Today, The University of Utah Board of Trustees approved honorary doctoral degrees for five individuals, which will be presented at this year's commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8, 2009, in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Given to individuals who merit special recognition for service or achievement, the awards will be presented to Carol M. Fay for Doctor of Business, James L. Macfarlane for Doctor of Business, Peter D. Meldrum for Doctor of Engineering, Marva M. Warnock for Doctor of Fine Arts and to this year's commencement speaker, David McCullough for Doctor of Humane Letters.

Innovative businesswoman and ardent supporter of women's issues, Carol M. Fay is former district director of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Salt Lake City. As director, she pioneered in recruiting minorities and women and originated many "best practices" programs. Fay was the first woman in every management position she held in the IRS and the Social Security Administration. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in 1958 and did graduate work at Yale University Divinity School and the University of Utah (U of U). She has received numerous awards throughout her career for her leadership abilities, achievements and community service, including the Salt Lake Chamber's Athena Award, the Utah Business Magazine Outstanding Business Leader Award, as well as the U of U School of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award and the U of U Alumni Association's Honorary Alumna Award. Presently, she serves on thirteen advisory boards at the University of Utah and is a current member of the Board of Directors of GE Capital Financial, Inc.

After earning his bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Utah in 1954, James L. Macfarlane joined Rocky Mountain Bank Note. When he left the company 25 years later as president, Rocky Mountain had grown into an $85 million company. Macfarlane went on to co-found a printing brokerage and printing manufacturing company, printing business checks on second-hand presses in a West Valley garage. Today, that business-Integrated Companies (IC) Group- provides full color printing, digital printing and variable image printing as well as magnetic ink character recognition products for large financial institutions all over the world. Active in the community, he served as chairman of Blue Cross of Utah as well as a member of the boards of Understanding Chemical Addiction Disease (UCAD) and ARUP Blood Testing. Macfarlane has served on several University of Utah boards including eight years on the Board of Trustees, six of which were as chair, Alumni Association, David Eccles School of Business, Crimson Club, Pioneer Theatre Company, Red Butte Garden and the National Advisory Council. His service also includes many assignments with his church.

Selected by Scientific American as one of the top 50 scientific visionaries in the world, Peter D. Meldrum is the current president, CEO and director of Myriad Genetics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in drugs for the treatment of cancer and AIDS and molecular diagnostic products that guide treatment decisions for cancer patients. Meldrum has been involved in the founding of numerous biotechnology companies including: Myriad Genetics, Sonic Innovations and Acacia Biosciences. In 2008, he received the Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research. In 2006, vSpring Capital named Meldrum as one of the top venture entrepreneurs in the region. In 2001, he received the Mountain West Venture's Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 1998, was awarded the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology. He serves as the executive director of his family foundation, the Meldrum Foundation, supporting the arts, higher education and Christian charities. Meldrum received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah in 1970 and his master's in business administration from the University of Utah in 1974.

Marva M. Warnock is known for her contributions to civic engagement, technology and the arts. A partner and graphic designer at Marsh Design in Palo Alto, CA, she created the logo and early marketing materials that helped launch a billion dollar company, Adobe Systems. With her husband John, she was an active participant with the fund raising campaign for the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA. In Utah, Warnock serves on the National Leadership Council of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and also on the Executive Advisory Board of the Springville Art Museum. She was deeply engaged in the funding for the University of Utah's John and Marva Warnock Engineering Building, which opened in 2007, and the remodeling of the old Engineering and Mines Classroom Building in 2008. She and her husband have supported three presidential endowed chairs in computer science, mathematics and fine arts at the University of Utah and also an endowed chair in medical research at Stanford University. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1966 at the University of Utah.

Dubbed a "master of the art of narrative history" and "a matchless writer," David McCullough is twice winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In December, 2006 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. His books have been praised for their scholarship, understanding of American life, vibrant prose and insight into individual character. McCullough's most recent book, 1776, the number one New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, has been called "brilliant, powerful" and "a classic." McCullough's previous work, John Adams, remains one of the most widely read American biographies of all time. The seven-part HBO mini series, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, was one of the most acclaimed and talked about television events of the year. McCullough's other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions and Truman.

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