At college commencement ceremonies this year, a retired St. Lawrence professor received an honorary doctorate, while an alumnus earned a long-time-in-coming Ph.D. in education.

Paul Smith's College presented Emeritus Professor of English Paul F. Jamieson an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. A scholar in Adirondack history and literature, and a dedicated conservationist and spokesperson for citizen access to the mountain wilderness, Jamieson was a professor at St. Lawrence from 1929 through 1965. His books include The Adirondack Reader, Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow and Uneven Ground. Jamieson is a graduate of Drake University, with a master's degree from Columbia University and the Ph.D. from Cornell. He is a veteran of World War II and has received awards for his work from the Adirondack Council, the Nature Conservancy, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Sierra Club and the Adirondack Museum.

Frederick Zito '47, began his doctoral program in education at Dowling College on Long Island three years ago and got a Ph.D. May 19 -- at age 78. A former engineer for NASA, where he worked on the Apollo 11 lunar module, Zito said his work toward the doctorate included a couple of the all-nighters that he had first endured while studying for a bachelor's degree in mathematics at St. Lawrence.

"I hope this is an inspiration to my grandchildren," Zito said of his studies.

Posted May 20, 2002

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