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Commencement 2005

2005 Honorary Degree Recipients

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-MoureyDr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is the president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously she was the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Systems at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the director of the Institute on Aging. She also served as deputy administrator of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research of the Department of Health and Human Services and worked on the White House Health Care Policy team, including service on the White House Task Force on Health Care Reform. She has been a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, and the boards of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Regents of the American College of Medicine. She is the recipient of many awards in her field and of two honorary doctorates. She earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

David M. ChildsDavid M. Childs is consulting design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP/New York, one of the world's leading architecture, urban design, engineering, and interior architecture firms. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture, he joined SOM in 1971 after serving as design director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Commission, where he prepared plans for the redesign and redevelopment of the nation’s main ceremonial street. He then served as chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission. Childs’s projects have included Worldwide Plaza, Bertelsmann Tower, and the New York Mercantile Exchange, in New York, and the Washington Mall master plan and Constitution Gardens, National Geographic headquarters, in Washington. He currently is working on designs for the Freedom Tower, to be built on the World Trade Center site. He is a member of the boards of the American Academy in Rome, the Museum of Modern Art, the Municipal Art Society, the New York City Partnership, and the National Building Museum. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His son Nick is a member of the Class of 1990, and his daughter, Jocelyn, is of the Class of 1992.

Dan Harris 93Dan Harris ’93 is a correspondent for ABC News, based in New York. He reports for World News Tonight With Peter Jennings, Good Morning America, and Nightline. Harris has covered many of the biggest stories in recent years. He's reported from New York's Ground Zero, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, and Iraq. Prior to joining ABC News in 2000, Harris was an anchor at New England Cable News, the largest regional cable news network in the country, from 1997 to 2000. Before that he was an anchor and political reporter at WCSH, an NBC affiliate in Portland, for two years. He began his broadcasting career as a reporter for WLBZ, the NBC affiliate in Bangor. For his journalistic achievements Harris has won an Associated Press Award for political coverage, a regional Emmy for feature stories, and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for in-depth coverage.

Fred H. GageFred H. Gage is a professor in the Salk Institute’s Laboratory of Genetics. He concentrates on the adult central nervous system and the unexpected plasticity and adaptability that remain throughout the life of all mammals. His work may lead to methods of replacing brain tissue lost to stroke or Alzheimer’s disease and to repairing spinal cords damaged by trauma. Among the leading neuroscientists in the world, Gage earned his B.S. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Education, the Christopher Reeve Research Medal, and the Max Planck Research Prize. He is past president of the Society for Neuroscience and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His daughter Francesca is a member of the Class of 2005.

Rocco Landesman 69 Rocco Landesman ’69 is president of the Jujamcyn Theaters in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with an M.F.A. from Yale University, where he taught dramatic literature and criticism. After founding a mutual fund and assembling a barn of thoroughbred race horses in the late 1970s and early ’80s, he turned to theater production with Big River, a Tony Award-winning musical based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He took the Jujamcyn position 16 years ago, and under his presidency the theaters have enjoyed remarkable success, with shows such as the critically acclaimed Angels in America, The Producers, Doubt, Urinetown, and Caroline, or Change.

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