Honorary doctoral degrees will
be presented to Peter P. Bosomworth, Linda Challis Gill and Frank X Walker. UK
President Charles T. Wethington Jr., who will step down July 1, will give the commencement
4, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) The
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved honorary doctoral degrees for Peter
P. Bosomworth, former chancellor of the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center; Linda Challis
Gill, a benefactor of UK's Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute; and Frank X Walker, a
catalyst for many cultural and arts initiatives in the Lexington area.
The honorary degrees will be presented to the three recipients at UK's 134th
commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 6, in Memorial
year's commencement speaker will be UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr., who will step
down July 1 after 11 years at UK's helm. President
Wethington, who earned his master's and doctoral degrees from UK, also headed Kentucky's
Community College System when the university administered the community colleges.
and Linda Gill of Houston, Texas, gave an initial donation of $5 million in 1998 to build
a heart institute. The Linda and Jack Gill
building, which will house the institute, is under construction at the medical center and
will be completed in about a year.
Gill is formerly a resident of Fort Thomas and Louisville and is a UK graduate and former
teacher. She served as president of the
Palo-Alto, Calif., Parent-Teacher Association and was involved in coaching and student
counseling. She also spent 18 years as a
docent and volunteer at the Stanford Medical School and is a board member for the
University of Houston School of Music.
Gills' donation not only laid the foundation for a heart institute, but also will help
Kentucky attack coronary disease through an endowed chair in preventive cardiology, five
endowed professorships and endowed research and special programs.
Gill Building will feature outpatient clinics, research laboratories, classrooms and
office space for faculty and staff.
joined the university in March 1962, three weeks before the University Hospital opened. At age 32, he became the youngest chair of a
department of anesthesiology in the nation. He
held that post until 1970 when he was named vice president of the medical center, becoming
chancellor in July 1982.
Akron, Ohio, native, he received a bachelor of science degree from Kent State University
and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.
He earned a master's of medical science degree from Ohio State University
following an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital and a residency at The Ohio State
1958 to 1960, Bosomworth served in the U.S. Navy and was chief of anesthesia at the Great
Lakes Naval Hospital. He has served as a
medical consultant in many countries around the world including Taiwan, China and Ecuador.
a native of Danville and a UK graduate, served as the program coordinator for UK's Martin
Luther King Jr. Cultural Center and currently works at the Kentucky Governor's School for
an activist and an artist, Walker is linked with the Roots and Heritage Festival, the
Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, the Living Arts and Science Center, the Robert H.
Williams Cultural Center, Message Theater, and the Affrilachian Poets.
is also known for his first book "Affrilachia" a collection of poetry published
by Old Cove Press that was converted to a live performance and presented recently by UK's