Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipients 1940-1949

1826-1890 | 1891-1920 | 1921-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959 | 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-

*Rensselaer president

No.

Date

Commencement Speaker

Honorary Degrees

115
June 17, 1940
Clark H. Minor, President, International
General Electric Co.
Eduardo J. Chibas; D.Eng.
Clark H. Minor; D.Eng.
Robert C. Stanley; D.Eng.
116
June 16, 1941
Philip D. Reed, Chairman of the Board,
General Electric Co.
Philip D. Reed; D.Eng.
Frederick E. Williamson; D.Eng.
117
May 17, 1942
Albert N. Williams, President,
Western Union Telegraph Co.
Harry A. Hopf; D.Eng.
John A. Sampson; D.Sc.
Arthur S. Tuttle; D.Eng.
Albert N. Williams; D.Eng.
July 7, 1942
 None  None
118
Dec. 23, 1942
Alexander Loudon, Netherlands
Ambassador to US
Alexander Loudon; LL.D.
1942
 None
Albert W. Davison; D.Eng.
April 17, 1943
Commander John R. Perry
 None
June 19, 1943
 None  None
Sept. 23, 1943
 None  None
119
Dec. 23, 1943
Eugene E. Wilson,
Vice Chairman of the Board,
United Aircraft Corp,. Hartford, CT
Eugene E. Wilson; D.Eng.
June 21, 1944
Philip W. Henry
None
120
Aug. 20, 1944
 None
121
Oct. 21, 1944
Maj. Gen. William Henry Harrison, Chief,
Procurement and Distribution Service,
US Army
 None
Feb. 22, 1945
Percival M. Sax ’90, Consulting Engineer
 None
April 22, 1945
James H. McGraw, Jr., President,
McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Inc.
James H. McGraw, Jr.; D.Eng.
Charles S. Pillsbury; D.Eng.
June 22, 1945
Malcolm Pirnie, C.E.
Henry B. Davenport; D.Eng.
Joseph H. Nuelle; D.Eng.
Malcom Pirnie; D.Eng.
Oct. 24, 1945
Rear Admiral Lewis B. Combs ‘16, Asst. Chief,
Bureau of Yards & Docks,
US Navy
Lewis B. Combs; D.Eng.
Thomas F. Farrell; D.Eng.
Feb. 22, 1946
Rear Admiral John J. Manning ‘15, Chief,
Bureau of Yards & Docks,
US Navy
John J. Manning; D.Eng.
William H. Harrison; D.Eng.
June 24, 1946
Maj. Gen. Edmond H. Leavey,
Chief of Transportation,
Army Service Forces
Ralph W. Gallagher; D.Eng.
Edmond H. Leavey; D.Eng.
James Pine; D.Eng.
134
Feb. 1, 1947
Arthur S. Adams, Provost, Cornell University
Arthur S. Adams; D.Eng.
Willem F. Westendorp; D.Eng.
135
June 16, 1947
Harry A. Winne,
Vice President
of Engineering
Policy, General Electric Co.
Harry A. Winnie; D.Eng.
136
Aug. 30, 1947
Francis E. Gallagher, President,
Behr-Manning Corp.
 None
137
Jan. 24, 1948
Frank W. Abrams, Chairman of the Board,
Standard Oil Company
Frank W. Abrams; D.Eng.
138
June 11, 1948
Charles Erwin Wilson, President, GM Corp.
H. Mansfield Horner; D.Eng.
Charles Erwin Wilson; D.Eng.
139
Sept. 4, 1948
Robert Paxton, Manager, GE Corp.
 None
140
Jan. 29, 1949
Harvey N. Davis, President,
Stevens Institute of Technology
Harvey N. Davis; D.Eng.
141
June 10, 1949
Ben Moreell, President, Jones, & Laughline
Steel Corp.
Matthew A. Hunter; D.Eng.
Thomas D. Jolly; D.Eng.
Ben Moreell; D.Eng.
Edward R. Weidlein; D.Eng.
125th
Anniversary
Oct. 1949
 None
Hiland G. Batcheller; D.Eng.
Eugene Holman; D.Eng.
Amory Houghton; D.Eng.
Charles Edward Wilson; D.Eng.
1949
 None
Louis St. Laurent; LL.D.
Francis T. Spaulding; LL.D.