Three receive honorary degrees at commencement
Three celebrated individuals received honorary degrees at Carolina’s Spring Commencement on May 14.
Fred Eshelman, chairman of The Medicines Company (MDCO), and founder of Eshelman Ventures LLC, received a doctor of science degree.
Eshelman has served on the executive committee of the Medical Foundation of North Carolina and the UNC Board of Governors. In 2008, the School of Pharmacy was named the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in recognition of his many contributions to the school and the profession.
He has received many awards, including the Davie and Distinguished Service Awards from UNC, Outstanding Alumnus from both the UNC and University of Cincinnati schools of pharmacy, Life Science Leadership Award (CED) and the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
‘Never forget where you came from’
Eshelman received the doctor of pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati, completed a residency at Cincinnati General Hospital and a bachelor’s degree in science in pharmacy from Carolina. He is a graduate of the OPM program at Harvard Business School.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho received a doctor of laws.
Horoho served as the as the 43rd Army Surgeon General and the commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command – the first woman and nurse to hold those appointments. In April 2016, Horoho began her career with Accenture Federal Services as client account lead and managing director for military health.
A native of Fayetteville, Horoho earned her bachelor’s degree in science in nursing from Carolina in 1982 and was recognized as a distinguished graduate in 2015. She received her master’s degree in science as a clinical trauma nurse specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.
She was honored by Time Life Publications for her actions at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and received from the American Red Cross the Women Who Care Humanitarian Award. Carolina also honored her with a grant in her name that is awarded to underprivileged students each year.
Thomas Forrest Kelly, the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University, received the doctor of humane letters degree.
In 2005, Kelly was named a Harvard College Professor in recognition of his teaching of undergraduates. Before coming to Harvard, he taught at Oberlin Conservatory, where he was the founding director of the program in historical performance. He also taught at the Five College Consortium in Massachusetts and at Wellesley College.
Born in Greensboro, Kelly attended Groton School and Carolina, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1964. He spent two years in France on a Fulbright grant, where he studied organ with Jean Langlais. His graduate study was at Harvard, where he earned a master’s degree in 1970 and a doctorate in 1973.
He has held awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. His most recent book is Capturing Music (Norton, 2015).
He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Carolina in 2005.