Honorary Degree Citation for Lovejoy Fellow Otis Chandler

 
OTIS CHANDLER: Publisher of the Los Angeles Times for the past six years, you have succeeded during that short time in effecting a major transformation in the style, tone, and editorial policy of what is clearly regarded as one of the great American newspapers. Gone are the days when the Times was characterized by one-sided coverage and rigid adherence to a narrow conservatism. The Times remains conservative, but in a dynamic and open-minded context. Through the establishment of more than a dozen foreign news bureaus throughout the world, staffed by some of the world's most highly respected journalists, you have intensified your program of "watchful vigilance at home and abroad." Under your leadership the brilliance and thoroughness of the assessment of the tragic riots in the Watts area of Los Angeles brought the Times its fifth Pulitzer Prize. Graduate of Andover and Stanford, member of the armed services in the Korean War, athlete and sportsman, you have become in a short time a publisher of major magnitude. The courage and judgment you have shown in bringing the Times to its present eminence as an instrument of social welfare in a huge metropolis is worthy of the highest traditions of journalism, and Colby is proud to welcome you to our platform as fifteenth Lovejoy Fellow.

By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, OTIS CHANDLER, the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa. The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma which I place in your hand are the visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.