Conferred November 5, 1953

IRVING DILLIARD – graduate of the University of Illinois, Nieman Fellow at Harvard, lecturer at the University of Illinois and holder of an honorary degree from MacMurray College, advisory editor of the Stars and Stripes and member of Information Control Division of the Third United States Army Military Government, contributor to leading encyclopedias and journals, scholarly author and crusading journalist whose direction of the editorial page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has brought added lustre to an already famous newspaper, you have been able to translate your interest in Elijah Parish Lovejoy as an historical figure into achievement of your own in the cause for which he gave his life. Lovejoy’s college hails you as both a courageous and a persuasive defender of the freedom of the press.