1953 June 8 pg 1
Degrees Given 108 Seniors At Lebanon Valley John 5. Basehore And Earnest D. Williams Given Honorary Degrees Lebanon Valley College conferred bachelor of arts and science degrees on 108 seniors at the 84th annual Commencement exercises held on the campus of the Ann- viHe college this -morning. Thirty-six Lebanon city, county and area students in the graduating- class received degrees. Two prominent county business and civic leaders—John S. Basehore, Lebanon merchant, and Earnest D. Williams, Annville industrialist were among five outstanding Pennsylvanians distinguished by the presentation of honorary degrees. The exercises were held on the Lebanon Valley College campus at 10 a.m. today. President Frederic K, Miller bestowed degrees on the graduates and honorary recipients. Two of the Lebanon area students graduated with special honors, Degrees cum laude. were earned by David t>. Neiswender, •113 West Cherry Street, Palmyra, and John I. Grosnick, 107 East Areba Street, Hershey. Others receiving the high honor were. Donald L. Kreider, William S. Vought Jr., and Joyce C. Hammock. Doctorates in divinity '} went to the Rev. S. Fred Christman, pastor of the First EUB Church, Lancaster; and the Rev. E?.ra H Ranck, pastor of the Mount Joy EUB Church. A doctorate in letters was conferred on S. K. Stevens, state historian, who delivered the Commencement address. County Men Cited Basehore was cited as "a man .who loves his fellow men better than 'himself....', .a symbol of a people, staunch upright Pehnsyl- vania Germans who fear God and love work," The citation of his qualifications for the honorary degree of doctor of laws recounted his high interest and participation in community projects, his contribution of the Camp Basehore site to the boy scouts; and his leadership in many civic organizations. Earnest D. Williams, president of Ihe Millard Lime and Stone Company of Annville, also received An honorary doctor of laws degree "for his record as a man of many accomplishments in business affairs; for his application of Christian ethics in the realm of business; for his sense of civic obligation ... to the poor, the sick, the unfortunate; and for his faithful (Conttrmul «n r«f« Fourteen) '