An entrepreneur, a Utah Supreme Court justice, a retired U. professor and a U. physics doctoral alumnus will receive the University of Utah's highest accolade as honorary degree recipients during the 1998 commencement June 12.
Reed W. Brinton, owner and president of Brinton Investment Co. and D&B Leasing Co., will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.Associate Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine Meaders Durham will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Brigham D. Madsen, professor emeritus of history at the U., will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities.
Former U. student Yong-Teh Lee, the chief executive officer of the TriGem Corp. will receive an honorary Doctor of Science.
- Brinton grew up in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, and received his undergraduate education at Snow College. He joined New York Life Insurance Co. in 1937 and five years later became a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. For upward of 50 years he ranked among the top 10 life insurance agents in the country and received the National Quality Award each year for 44 years.
Former president of the Federal Resources Corp., Brinton has dedicated years to fund raising for various public services and nonprofit organizations. He contributed to the Moran Eye Center and University Hospital Foundation and annually presents gifts through the U.'s Development Office to U. athletics, the Marriott Library, KUED and the Museum of Fine Arts.
- Durham, who received her undergraduate education at Wellesley College and her law degree at Duke University, was appointed associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court in 1982. Prior to that, she was a member of the firm of Johnson, Durham & Moxley, served four years as a 3rd District Court judge and taught law at Brigham Young University.
Durham co-founded the Women Lawyers of Utah and has received that organization's Woman Lawyer of the Year Award. She has received numerous other awards including the Appellate Judge of the Year and First One Hundred Award from the Utah State Bar Association, the YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Weber State University.
- Madsen graduated from the U. in 1938 with a bachelor of arts in history. The Utah native intended to work as a carpenter for a year to save enough money to pursue graduate studies, but accepted a position as the principal of a rural school in Idaho instead. A year later he married and moved with his wife Betty McAllister to California where he received both his master's and doctorate degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1948, Madsen accepted a post at Brigham Young University as professor of history where he worked for six years and served as department chair. He also worked at Utah State University as associate professor and held numerous positions at the U. including dean of the Division of Continuing Education, deputy academic vice president, administrative vice president, director of libraries and chair and professor of the history department.
Madsen, a prolific writer, is on the editorial board of Tanner Trust Fund publications. He has received the U.'s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Charles Redd Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences and several honors for his nonfiction work, most notably for his book, "North to Montana."
- Yong-Teh Lee, a Korean native, earned his doctorate in physics from the U. in 1970, specializing in information technology. He has a bachelor's degree in physics from Seoul National University and, in 1993, received an honorary doctorate from Moscow State Institute of Electronic Engineering in Russia.
The chief operating executive of TriGem Corp., Lee has held various leadership positions at computer companies around the world.
Lee has published three books on computer technology and the information culture including his most recent, "How Computers will Change the World." He is recipient of the In-Chon Prize for Industry & Technology and was awarded the Great Entrepreneur of the Year by the Korean Academic Society of Business Administration.