Worldwatch Institute President Lester R. Brown will deliver the commencement address during grad-u-ation exercises at Westminster College Saturday, May 30, beginning at 9 a.m. at the south end of Dane Hansen Memorial Stadium.
Brown, described by the Washington Post as "one of the world's most influential thinkers," will be awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from the private college.Brown, with the support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, founded the Worldwatch Institute in 1974. The private, nonprofit research institute analyzes global environmental issues and publishes an annual "State of the World" report.
Brown is a prolific writer and has been honored by the United Nations, the World Wide Fund for Nature and was the recipient of the Blue Planet Prize of $500,000 for his "exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems."
Brown earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture science from Rutgers University; a master's in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland and a master's in public administration from Harvard University.
William H. Child, chief executive officer of R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, also will receive an honorary degree, a doctorate of business. He took over the home furnishings concern in 1954, nurturing a small shop to seven stores that employ 1,300 people.
Salt Lake attorney Irene Warr will receive Westminster's inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. Warr was one of two women in her law class at the University of Utah and was one of the first female attorneys to establish a legal practice starting in the 1950s.