Conferred November 9, 1967
EDWIN A. LAHEY: In your forty years in journalism you have come to be known by your peers as perhaps the greatest reporter in the United States. Born in Chicago, self-educated after the eighth grade, you embarked upon your mastery of the art of writing by reading Dickens between loadings when you were a yard clerk for the freight trains. Entering the newspaper world at twenty-five, you later served the Chicago Daily News for thirty years as police and court reporter, and in the turbulent 1930’s you became a leading expert on labor relations. National political conventions at home and foreign news assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and China became part of your widening career. Appointed a Nieman Fellow in the first class in 1938, you so impressed the savants of the Harvard faculty with your self-taught erudition, and with your pungent observations and your unfailing enthusiasm, that the Nieman program came to be called by some of them the “Lahey Clinic.” Chief correspondent for the Knight Newspapers, with your headquarters in Washington, you still pursue with distinction your special talents. Friend and confidant of any number of political leaders, accurate prophet in international affairs, you have played your role on a world-wide stage with courage and integrity, and your prose is the kind that punctures pomposity. Colby welcomes proudly the sixteenth Lovejoy Fellow.By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College I confer upon you, EDWIN A. LAHEY, 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.