By Ralph Derickson
doctoral degrees will be bestowed May 5 upon Sister
Rosemary Howarth, Wimberly C. Royster and Sanford
5, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved
honorary doctorates for a Catholic nun who was involved
in UK's famed "Nun Study," a UK mathematics icon and
a popular former high school basketball coach. The
degrees will be awarded at UK's commencement May 5.
Rosemary Howarth, the general superior of the School
Sisters of Notre Dame, will receive an honorary
degree of doctor of letters. Sister Rosemary oversees
the work of 4,000 sisters working in 33 countries.
Sister Rosemary's work also included involvement in
UK's famed "Nun Study" in which 678 sisters underwent
extensive examination and review in the Sanders-Brown
Center on Aging's research on Alzheimer's disease.
C. Royster, whose association with UK began as a graduate
student in 1946, served nearly his entire career in
mathematics endeavors at UK, rising to professor in
1962 then director of the School of Mathematical Sciences.
He became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
in 1969 and later served as dean of The Graduate School.
He became UK's first vice president for Research and
Graduate Studies in 1988. Under Royster's leadership,
the UK mathematics program became internationally
known and was awarded a major Basic Science National
Science Foundation development grant in 1968. He will
receive an honorary doctor of science.
T. Roach, who will receive an honorary doctor of humanities,
amassed a record 512 wins and only 142 losses as basketball
coach at Lexington's old Dunbar high school. He was
the first African American appointed to UK's Athletic
Association Board of Directors in 1974 and has served
continuously on that board since.