Actor Robert Redford and Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller are among the seven individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees at the University of Utah commencement June 14.
Other honorary degree recipients will be Spencer F. Eccles, chief executive officer of First Security Corp.; John A. Moran, chairman of The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp.; Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University professor, who will be the commencement speaker; Chase N. Peterson, U. president who will retire June 30; and Grethe B. Peterson, community worker and wife of the U. president.Redford will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree. A Utah resident for 22 years, he is well-known for both his film work and his commitment to environmental issues. He serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Solar Lobby. In 1980, Redford founded The Sundance Institute, a laboratory for independent filmmakers at his Sundance Resort.
Miller, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, worked in several auto-related businesses before he went into business for himself in 1979. He has expanded his businesses to 16 dealerships in four Western states. He is well-known as owner of the Utah Jazz and Golden Eagles hockey team. Earlier this year, he began construction of a new arena in downtown Salt Lake City.
Eccles, who will also be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree, serves as treasurer of the U. Board of Trustees, chairs the U. National Advisory Council and is an officer of the Garn Institute of Finance, which is located in the David Eccles School of Business. The school recently received a $15 million gift from his aunt, the late Emma Eccles Jones. Eccles represented her when the gift was presented to the U.
A recipient of an honorary doctor of laws, Moran is a 1954 U. banking and finance graduate and a member of the U. National Advisory Council. His company, Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp., is a private holding company with interests in the manufacturing, distribution and financial services industries. Through a subsidiary, it is a major developer of commercial and industrial properties on the East Coast.
Etzioni, also an honorary doctor of laws recipient, founded the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and is editor of a new journal, "The Responsive Community." He served as senior adviser in the White House in 1979-80 and was guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. For 20 years, he taught sociology at Columbia University.
Chase Peterson, who will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, was named president in 1983. He came to the U. in 1978 when he was appointed vice president for health sciences. He is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges executive committee, the NCAA Presidents' Commission, the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and chair of the Technology Assessment Advisory Council.
Grethe Peterson will receive an honorary doctor of humane-letters degree. She has served as a member and chair of the Utah Endowment for the Humanities, helped organize Women Concerned About Nuclear War, was a member of the Task Force on Gender and Justice and is chair of the Governor's Task Force on Sexual Abuse and the Salt Lake County Children's Justice Center. She is a director of Deseret Book Publishing and Tanner Lectures on Human Values.