Archive: 2011 Commencement Press Kit - 2011 Commencement Honorary Degree Citations
William James Christie '61
William James Christie, your exemplary career in the insurance and financial services professions has been conducted with integrity, wisdom, and distinction.
Your dedication to excellence is represented by the hallmark designations you have earned as a chartered life underwriter and financial consultant. These achievements, however, though highly valued by clients and colleagues, are not the full measure of your accomplishments.
You have found deep satisfaction and a singular calling as a devoted member of the Order of Malta. With your wife, Maryann, you have unselfishly served poor and marginalized people throughout the United States and the world. Your vibrant faith and life of charity are emulated by your children and inspire all who call you friend.
Your decades of involvement with Providence College--as a tireless volunteer, trusted advisor, and generous donor--have strengthened and sustained your alma mater. Today, as you reflect on the fiftieth anniversary of your own graduation, it is fitting to celebrate your extraordinary life of success and meaning--one characterized by loyalty, leadership, and philanthropy.
For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents William James Christie as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.
David A. Duffy '61
David A. Duffy, as co-founder of one of the region's most well-respected public relations and advertising agencies, you set a standard of integrity and excellence that many aspire to, but few achieve.
Your work in public policy and government has been infused with a similar level of passion and expertise. From special project work serving Cabinet officials of the United States, to service as a trusted advisor to officials in Rhode Island, you have brought strategy, insight, and wisdom to many intractable challenges.
Your counsel and leadership have been sought by business organizations and boards from throughout the region and beyond. Your respect for the human dignity and value of every person found perfect expression in your service as chair of the board of directors for the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Providence College also has been blessed by your exceptional volunteer leadership at every level of alumni, governance, and advisory involvement. We add our appreciation and accolades to the many you have earned, deeply grateful that your alma mater holds a special place in your heart as you mark this commencement as a Golden Friar.
For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents David A. Duffy as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.
Stephen B. Fawcett '69
Stephen B. Fawcett, upon graduating from Providence College, you served as a VISTA volunteer. That experience as a community organizer, mental health worker, and teacher set the course of your life.
Over the last thirty-five years, countless students have benefitted from your outstanding teaching and guidance. The powerful intersection of your passion for human development with research in behavioral science has significantly influenced community health efforts across our nation and around the globe.
As the Kansas Health Foundation Professor of Applied Behavioral Science and Director of the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, you have contributed to the university's national reputation for advancing our understanding of human behavior and applying that knowledge to address critical social issues.
You have received numerous awards for your expertise in teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and public health. As your alma mater, we are privileged to recognize the transforming impact of your leadership in the spheres of academia and community health and development.
For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents Stephen B. Fawcett as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.
John J. Partridge '61
John J. Partridge, for more than forty years, you have excelled in the profession of law, earning the respect and admiration of your clients and peers.
You have unselfishly shared your expertise and counsel as a member of many professional, civic, and charitable organizations in Rhode Island and throughout the region. Your devotion to many diverse causes--including the Boys & Girls Club, public radio, and community hospitals--has made you a valued leader and an indispensable volunteer.
A member of the inaugural class of Providence College's Liberal Arts Honors Program, you seized that opportunity to excel in learning and apply the knowledge and wisdom you gained to your life and your life's work.
Your bond with alma mater has held fast. Today, as you mark the fiftieth anniversary of your own commencement, we recognize with deep gratitude your dedicated service to the Liberal Arts Honors Program. Inspired by your personal generosity and enthusiastic leadership, Honors alumni from all decades have stepped forward to support the program. This is your legacy--ensuring that students will continue to enjoy the same outstanding experience that inspired excellence and achievement in your own life.
For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents John J. Partridge as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.
John D. Ratzenberger
John D. Ratzenberger, in a respected entertainment career that has spanned more than 30 years, you have portrayed unforgettable charcaters populating classic television programs, iconic films, and groundbreaking animated movies.
Perhaps best remembered for your portrayal of a salt-of-the-earth mailman, you have been an ardent champion of American industry and ingenuity. Employing your background in acting, producing, and writing, you introduced us to the amazing work of entrepreneurs, inventors, and manufacturers throughout this nation whose products have contributed to its greatness. And, true to your entrepreneurial nature, you invented a biodegradable and safe paper alternative to plastic packing products.
Your passion to inspire the next generation of engineers, artists, carpenters, and craftsmen found expression in the unique foundation you formed to promote this mission. It is also reflected in your new campaign to help rebuild America's skilled workforce through expanded opportunities for career, technical, and vocational training.
Also close to your heart is the cause of juvenile diabetes. You helped create the world's largest online source of diabetes information and research, and as National Walk chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, you helped raise more than $100 million to fund research for a cure.
For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents John D. Ratzenberger as one deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts and requests you to confer upon him this degree together with all its rights and privileges.
George Fisher and Paul Vincent Salley
George Fisher and Paul Vincent Salley, you appear before us representing the 380 members of Unit #1188 of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program who were enrolled at Providence College in 1943. Each of you answered the urgent call of your nation to serve as student-soldiers in a war that was sweeping across the globe.
Undaunted when your promised education was cut short by sudden deployment to the front lines, you proudly and courageously took your place in the 328th Infantry Regiment of the 26th Yankee Division. The best and brightest of America and Providence College marched with General Patton and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Thirty-seven of you made the ultimate sacrifice.
Your steadfast service helped secure the Allied victory and you returned home to begin the most ambitious and transformational chapter in American history. You married your sweethearts, started families, built homes and communities, created jobs, and fueled the limitless American Dream.
Today, as the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of this Greatest Generation, we are awed by your accomplishments and inspired by the faith and dignity you personify. Humbled by your profound sense of duty and service, we are deeply grateful for the example you have given us.
For these reasons, Father Chairman and Father President, the Corporation of Providence College presents George Fisher and Paul Vincent Salley, on behalf of all Providence College ASTP participants, as those deemed worthy to receive the honorary degree of Bachelor of Science and requests you to confer upon them this degree together with all its rights and privileges.