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Honorary Degrees

Very Rev. C. T. O'Callaghan, Rector of St. Vincent's Church 1897 Doctor of Divinity
General Joseph W. Burke, LL.B. 1899 Doctor of Laws
Rev. Dionysius Savage 1903 Doctor of Divinity
Prof. August J. Staub 1903 Doctor of Music
Prof. Paul C. Boudousquie 1903 Doctor of Fine Arts
Very Rev. James P. Turner, Vicor General of Phiadelphia, Chancellor 1905 Doctor of Divinity
Rev. Edward Kirwan 1905 Doctor of Divinity
Rev. Michael Maher 1905 Doctor of Divinity
Benito Santamaria Azner 1905 Doctor of Licentiate in Theology
William M. Mastin, MD 1905 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Charles J. Theard 1905 Doctor of Laws
Hon. John St. Paul 1905 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Richard B. Otero 1905 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Clarence S. Herbert 1905 Doctor of Laws
Thomas Della Torre 1905 Doctor of Philosophy
Very Rev. Charles H. Mohr, OSB (Order of Saint Benedict) 1906 Doctor of Divinity
James F. McCaleb, MD 1907 Doctor of Philosophy
Thomas H. McHatton 1907 Doctor of Science
Walter S. Fossier, Pharm. M.  1907 Master of Arts (Honorary)
The Hon. George J. Sullivan 1908 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Frank McGloin, Knight of St. Gregory 1910 Doctor of Laws
Rhett Goode, MD  1911 Doctor of Laws
Peter J. Hamilton, LL.D.  1911 Doctor of Laws
Thomas D. Flynn 1911 Doctor of Laws
Patrick Cronin 1912 Doctor of Philosophy
Walter J. Burke, State Senator, Louisiana 1912 Doctor of Laws
Matthias M. Mahorner, Jr., LL.B.  1912 Doctor of Laws
Alvin E. Herbert, Secretary of State, Louisiana 1912 Doctor of Laws
Capt. Herbert Rowbotham, South African Mounted Irregular forces 1912 Doctor of Laws
Francis J. Washicheck 1912 Doctor of Laws
Miller Reese Hutchinson, E.E. (Electrical Engineer) 1914 Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Arthur De Prenderville 1915 Doctor of Laws
John O. Rush, MD 1916 Doctor of Laws
Rev. Philip J. Gallagher 1918 Doctor 
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward James Hackett, Vicor General 1930 Doctor of Sacred Theology
Very Rev. Joseph Lawrence O'Brien 1930 Doctor of Sacred Theology
Hon. Paul Leche 1930 Doctor of Laws
Dr. E. Denegre Martin 1930 Doctor of Laws
Rev. Florence D. Sullivan, S.J.  1930 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Richard V. Taylor 1930 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Tisdale J. Touart 1930 Doctor of Laws
Hon. John A. Valls 1930 Doctor of Laws
Hon. Thomas Semmes Walmsley 1930 Doctor of Laws
Dr. Erwin Craighead 1930 Doctor of Literature
Rev. Michael Kenny, S.J. 1930 Doctor of Literature
Mrs. Nora Byrne 1930 Title of Illustrious Benefactor
Miss Eleanor Sherman Fitch 1930 Title of Illustrious Benefactor
William H. Reynalds 1930 Title of Illustrious Benefactor
Gordon Smith 1930 Title of Illustrious Benefactor
Joseph M. Walsh 1930 Title of Illustrious Benefactor
James Dennett McIntyre 1934 Doctor
Richard Reid 1937 Doctor
Rev. Leo M. Byrnes 1942 Doctor of Laws
Frank Keeler 1950 Doctor of Education
J. Herbert Littlefield 1951 Doctor of Education
Norman G. Nicolson 1951 Doctor of Commercial Science in Transportation
The Most Rev. Thomas J. Toolen, D.D., Bishop of Mobile 1952 Doctor of Laws
George Anthony Horkan 1953 Doctor of Laws
Norris Cochran McGowen 1953 Doctor of Laws
Thomas E. Murrary 1955 Doctor of Science
David R. Dunlap 1955 Doctor of Commerical Science
Edward R. Maher 1955 Doctor of Commercial Science 
Joseph N. Langan 1956 Doctor of Laws
John Sparkman 1956 Doctor of Laws
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis Wade 1957 Doctor of Literature
John J. Daly 1957 Doctor of Literature
Thomas W. Martin 1958 Doctor of Science
Rev. James Edwin Stuardi 1959 Doctor of Education
Joseph Otto Muscat, Jr.  1959 Doctor of Science
Martin Haverty Work 1959 Doctor of Letters
Norborne R. Clark, Jr., M.D.  1961 Doctor of Science
Dr. Charles H. Malik 1963 Doctor
Maj. Gen. Emmett B. Cassady 1963 Doctor
J. Finley McRae 1963 Doctor
Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser 1971 Doctor 
Joseph H. Fichter, S.J. 1973 Doctor 
The Hon. Jeremiah A. Denton, US Senator for Alabama & Rear Admiral 1974 Doctor 
Walter J. Burghardt, S.J.  1974 Doctor 
Andrew C. Smith, S.J.  1975 Doctor 
Edward A. Hirs 1981 Doctor
Samuel M. Betty

1982

Doctor
Edward Bennett Williams 1988 Doctor 
Dudley E. Dawson, Jr.  1988 Doctor 
Isabel Zoghby Ackels 1988 Doctor 
Lawrence E. Ackels, Sr.  1988 Doctor 
William S. Smith 1990 Doctor of Public Service
Hon. Rosemary Barkett 1990 Doctor of Civil Law
Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA 1990 Doctor of Sacred Theology
Rev. Vincent T. O'Keefe, S.J. 1990 Doctor of Sacred Theology
Michael J. Buckley, S.J. 1990 Doctor
R. P. Francisco Estrada, S.J. 1990 Doctor
Lynette S. Gaines 1990 Doctor
Shirley Ann Grau 1990 Doctor
John L. May, Bishop of Mobile 1990 Doctor
Helen Hayes 1990 Doctor
Linda Zoghby 1991 Doctor of Music
George W. Hunt, S.J. 1991 Doctor of Humane Letters
Fred Chappell 1991 Doctor of Humane Letters
Thomas H. Clancy, S.J. 1991 Doctor of Humane Letters
Sr. Elise Boudreaux, D.C. 1992 Doctor of Public Service
Samuel Eichold 1992 Doctor of Laws
Charlotte Hartsig Eichold 1992 Doctor of Laws
Henry (Hank) Aaron 1992 Doctor of Public Service
Erma Louise Bombeck 1992 Doctor of Humane Letters
The Most Rev. Joseph Bernard Bruini, D.D., J.C.D., LL.D. 1993 Doctor of Theology
Celestine Sibley 1993 Doctor of Humane Letters
Georgie Anne Geyer 1993 Doctor of Humane Letters
Michael E. Zoghby 1994 Doctor of Laws
Joseph S. Bruno 1994 Doctor of Public Service
Ellen Tarry 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters
Fannie Flagg 1994 Doctor of Humane Letters
Kathleen W. Andrews  1995 Doctor of Humane Letters
The Jesuit Community 1995 Doctorate in the Humanities
Robert Herndon Radcliff, Jr.  1995 Doctor of Public Service
Arlene Mitchell 1995 Doctor of Public Service
Winston Groom 1995 Doctor of Humane Letters
Albert Murray 1996 Doctor of Humane Letters
William Jefferson Hearin 1996 Doctor of Humane Letters
Thomas E. Caestecker 1996 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ron Hansen 1996 Doctor of Humane Letters
Harper Lee 1997 Doctor of Humane Letters
Most Rev. Oscar H. Lipscomb 1997 Doctor of Sacred Theology
Colman McCarthy 1997 Doctor of Humane Letters
Rev. William J. Rewak, S.J. 1998 Doctor of Humane Letters
Gerard F. Rubin 1998 Doctor of Laws
Alexis M. Herman 1998 Doctor of Public Service
Rev. Alfred C. Kammer, S.J.  1999 Doctor of Public Service
Dorothy Outlaw 1999 Doctor of Humane Letters
Arthur R. Outlaw 1999 Doctor of Public Service
Congressman H. L. "Sonny"  Callahan 1999 Doctor of Laws
Kathryn Tucker Windham 2000 Doctor of Humane Letters
Bro. Rick Curry, S.J., Ph.D. 2000 Doctor of Humane Letters
Garry Wills, Ph.D. 2000 Doctor of Humane Letters
Ann Weaver Delchamps 2001 Doctor of Humane Letters
Rev. John William Padberg, S.J.  2001 Doctor of Humane Letters
Sr. Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M. 2001 Doctor of Humane Letters
Mrs. Nan Hirschbert Altmayer 2002 Doctor of Humane Letters
Most Rev. William R. Houck, D.D.  2002 Doctor of Humane Letters
Judith Ann Mayotte, Ph.D. 2002 Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. John W. Barter III 2003 Doctor of Humane Letters
Mr. Vivian G. Johnston, Jr.  2003 Doctor of Humane Letters
Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. 2003 Doctor of Humane Letters
Albert P. Viragh 2004 Doctor of Humane Letters
Fannie Ernestine Motley 2004 Doctor of Humane Letters
Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. 2004 Doctor of Humane Letters
The Hon. Michael C. Dow, Mayor of Mobile 2005 Doctor of Laws
Mr. Andrews J. McLaughlin, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees 2005 Doctor of Laws
Most Rev. Wilton Gregory, S.L.D., Archibishop of Atlanta 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters
V. Gordon Moulton, President of the University of South Alabama 2006 Doctor of Humane Letters
Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J. 2006 Doctor of Humane Letters
Msgr. Edward J. Dillion, J.C.D. 2007 Doctor of Humane Letters
John J. Burke, Jr.  2007 Doctor of Humane Letters
Winthrop M. Hallett III  (President, Mobile Chamber of Commerce) 2008 Doctor of Humane Letters
Rev. Stephen V. Sunborg, S.J. (President, Seattle University) 2008 Doctor of Humane Letters
Stephanie Russell 2009 Doctor of Humane Letters
Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J. (President, Association of Jesuit Colleges & Uni.) 2009 Doctor of Humane Letters
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D. 2009 Doctor of Humane Letters
George E.  Barrett 2013 Doctor of Humane Letters
James D. McKinney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees    2015 Doctor of Humane Letters
Jo Ann Jenkins (CEO of AARP)  2016 Doctor of Humane Letters
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