Vt. senator to be honored at WMC commencement About 300 diplomas will be granted

May 17, 1993

U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will be honored at Western Maryland College's 123rd commencement Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Gill Physical Education Learning Center.

Mr. Leahy, currently serving his third term as the only Democrat ever to hold the office in Vermont, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Other honorary doctorates, in humane letters and fine arts respectively, will be awarded to Laurence J. Adams, retired president and chief operating officer of Martin Marietta Corp., and Dr. Roland E. Fleischer, Class of 1952, a professor of art history at Pennsylvania State University and an internationally recognized figure in the study of Western painting.

Mr. Leahy began his political career as a state's attorney in Vermont's largest county. In 1974, he was named one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, he has sponsored legislation on behalf of rural health care, nutrition, development, the preservation of the small family-owned farm and organic farming.

He also chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and the Law.

Mr. Adams, a Potomac resident, is an honorary member of the Western Maryland College board of trustees. He was a rocket and space systems designer for Martin Marietta for 17 years.

He is the chairman of TARGET, Western Maryland College's private, nonprofit program that provides residential, recreational and vocational services to the disabled.

Through his fund-raising and community relations efforts, the college acquired its first fully endowed professorship in 1992 and has received nearly $1 million in pledged support.

The position has since been named the Laurence J. Adams Chair in Special Education.

Dr. Fleischer, a scholar in the study of Northern European Baroque and American Colonial painting, has been a Fulbright Scholar and a prolific author of books, articles and exhibition catalogs.

A winner of the 1990 Faculty Scholar's Medal in the Arts and Humanities, he was named Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies at Penn State University in 1991.

Commencement highlights will include traditional greetings from a graduating senior, Kristine A. Holland; a master's candidate, Eileen S. Shields, '85, of Westminster; a Western Maryland parent, Roger W. Titus, father of Mark W. Titus, '92, of Bethesda; and a Western Maryland educator, Dr. Louise A. Paquin, professor of biology.

Degrees will be presented by Western Maryland College President Robert H. Chambers to approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students.

Information: Office of Public Information, 857-2290 or 876-2055, Ext. 290.

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