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Dr. Truman Turnquist and David M. Brown '54 Receive the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree

May 7, 2006

Dr. Truman Turnquist and David M. Brown '54 received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree during the 2006 commencement ceremonies at Mount Union College Sunday afternoon, May 7.

 

"His leadership, sound judgement and calm manner have been appreciated by all of those who have come in contact with Truman (Turnquist)," said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College. "His adaptability and willingness to serve in various capacities throughout his career have served us well."

Turnquist, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Union College, retired from the College in 2004 after 39 years of service, only to return as interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College in June of 2005.

Truman joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry in 1965, after having served as a teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota.
A native of Kipling, Sask., Canada, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Bethel College and a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. He received the Great Teacher Award in 1972.

"When you hear the word entrepreneur, the person who best defines the word is David Brown," said Giese.

After earning his bachelor of arts degree from Mount Union, Brown earned a master of arts degree from Western Reserve University and furthered his studies at the University of Minnesota where he also served as an assistant professor. Throughout his career, he has taught courses at a number of institutions including 16 years as an associate professor at Arizona State University.

In addition, Brown, as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of a major home building corporation, has developed and built communities throughout Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. His corporation is the last remaining privately owned homebuilding corporation in Arizona and in 2005 his company received the award of Arizona Family Business of the Year.

"You have all received an excellent foundation at Mount Union," said Brown, directing his comments towards the college graduates. "I believe the real object of a liberal arts education is to prepare you to educate yourself for the remainder of your life. Mount Union provided me with the foundation to guide me for the rest of my life."

Dr. Leonard Epp, Chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, presented the honorary degrees.

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