Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

Barber, Jeremiah Clark

Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Business Administration and for forty-seven years a member of the Faculty of Bryant College

1940

Cassidy, Thomas Vincent

Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Providence Diocese and Secretary-Treasurer and Dean of the Catholic Teachers College of Providence

1940

Fitzpatrick, Winifred Loretta

Director of the Providence District Nursing Association

1940

McConaughy, James L.

President, Wesleyan University 1925-1943 and Lieutenant-Governor, Connecticut 1938-1941

1940

Hanley, James Lawrence

Superintendent of Public Schools, Providence

1941

Moir, Phyllis

Author, Editorial Assistant of "Forum-Current History"

1941

Wilson, Hugh

Former United States Ambassador to Germany

1941

Green, Theodore Francis

Senator from Rhode Island 1937-1961

1942

Kai-Shek, Madame Chiang

Wife of Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek

1942

McGrath, J. Howard

Governor of Rhode Island, 1940-1945

1942

Sayre, Francis B.

United States High Commissioner, Philippine Islands

1942

Lomax, Paul Sanford

Professor of Education and Chairman, Department of Business Education, New York University, and member of the Advisory Board of Bryant College

1943

Woodward, Carl R.

President, Rhode Island State College 1941-1958

1943

Barkley, Alben W.

Majority Leader (1937-1947), United States Senate

1944

Griffith, Anna I.

Former Administrator, Child Welfare, Rhode Island

1944

Leach, Ruth M.

Vice President, International Business Machines Corporation - IBM

1944

Bond, Alice Dixon

Literary Editor, Boston Herald and Boston Traveler

1945

Watson, Thomas J.

President, International Business Machines Corporation - IBM

1945

Barker, Harold R.

Vice President, Industrial Trust Company

1946

Fine, Benjamin

Education Editor, New York Times 1941-1958

1946

Galliher, Daniel M.

Registrar, Providence College

1946

McGrath, J. Howard

Solicitor General, United States 1945-1946

1946

Mosher, Ira

Chairman of the Board, National Association of Manufacturers

1946

Olds, Irving S.

Chairman of the Board, United States Steel Corporation 1940-1952

1946

Aldrich, Winthrop W.

Chairman of the Board, Chase National Bank of New York 1930-1953

1947

De Haas, Anton

Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration

1947

Hagar, Hubert A.

General Manager, Gregg Publishing Company

1947

Marshall, Albert E.

President, Rumford Chemical Works

1947

Snyder, John Wesley

Secretary of the Treasury, United States 1946-1953

1947

Arnall, Ellis Gibbs

Former Governor of Georgia 1943-1947

1948

McGrath, J. Howard

Senator, United States - Rhode Island 1947-1949

1948

Palmer, Howard Shirley

President, New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company

1948

Proffitt, Edward J. W.

Advisor on Bond Investments, Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company

1948

Symington, W. Stuart

Secretary of the Air Force, United States 1947-1950

1948

Fairless, Benjamin F.

President, United States Steel Corporation, 1938-1952

1949

Kennedy, Clement

President, New Ocean House, Swampscott, Massachusetts

1949

Pastore, John O.

Governor of Rhode Island, 1945-1950

1949

Fales, William D.

Head of the Textile School and Chairman Textile and Clothing Division, Rhode Island School of Design

1950

Ross, Nellie Tayloe

Director of the United States Mint 1933-1953

1950

Sawyer, Charles

Secretary of Commerce, United States 1948-1953

1950

Whipple, Lucius A.

President, Rhode Island College of Education 1940-1951

1950

Bradford, Arthur Howe

Pastor of Central Congregational Church

1951

Malott, Deane Waldo

President of Cornell University 1951-1963

1951

McGrath, Earl James

United States Commissioner of Education 1949-1953

1951

Powers, William Edmonds

Attorney General, Rhode Island 1949-1958

1951

Douglas, Paul Howard

Senator, Illinois 1949-1967

1952

Leonard, Lucille Putnam

President, National Congress of Parents and Teachers

1952

Porter, Sylvia Field

Financial Editor, New York Post 1938-

1952

Slavin, Robert Joseph

President, Providence College 1947-1961

1952

Thomas, Ernest Kinsey

President, Rhode Island Horticultural Society

1952

Babson, Roger Ward

Founder and Head of Babson Institute of Business Administration (Babson College)

1953

Brainard, Morgan Bulkley

President, Aetna Life Insurance Company 1922-1957

1953

Hobby, Oveta Culp

United States Secretary of Health Education and Welfare, 1953-1955

1953

Penney, James Cash

Founder and Chairman of the Board, J.C. Penney

1953

Priest, Ivy Baker

United States Treasurer, 1953-1961

1953

Adams, Sherman

Assistant to the President of the United States 1953-1958

1954

Case, Harold C.

President, Boston University 1951-1967

1954

Collins, Cornelius B.

Chairman, Rhode Island Board of Education

1954

Graham, Inez

Headmistress, Graham-Eckes School, Palm Beach,Florida

1954

Kennedy, Clement

President, New Ocean House, Swampscott, Massachusetts

1954

McMahon, John H.

Chairman, Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates, Inc.

1954

Bennett, Granville Gaylord

Retired Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island 1946-1954

1955

Roberts, Dennis J.

Governor of Rhode Island 1951-1959

1955

Roebling, Mary G.

President, Chairman, Trenton Trust Company 1937-1972

1955

Thomas, Charles Sparks

Secretary, United States Navy 1954-1957

1955

Humphreys, H.E. Jr.

President & Chairman, United States Rubber Company

1956

Maclean, Lola

President, Detroit Commercial College

1956

Rogers, William P.

Deputy Attorney General, United States 1957-1961

1956

Walsh, Michael F.

Commissioner of Education, Rhode Island

1956

Hawskley, Raymond H.

General Treasurer, Rhode Island 1949-1977

1957

Mitchell, James P.

Secretary of Labor, United States 1953-1961

1957

Murray, Florence Kerins

Judge, Superior Court of Rhode Island 1956-1978

1957

Sperti, George Speri

Director, Institutum Divi Thomae Foundation 1935-1988

1957

Dore, Vincent C.

Academic Vice President, 1950-1961 & Dean of Faculty, 1957-1961, Providence College

1958

Hamilton, William H.

Treasurer, The Shepard Company

1958

Harrington, Russell Chase

Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Treasury Department 1955-1958

1958

Hauge, Gabriel

Special Assistant to the President of the United States 1956-1958

1958

Sweeney, Margaret Deasy

Executive Vice-President, Standish-Johnson Company

1958

Arris, George H.

Financial and Business Editor, The Providence Journal

1959

Fogarty, John E.

United States Congressman from Rhode Island 1941-1967

1959

Reynolds, Walter H.

Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island 1951-1965

1959

Silverman, Ida Marcia

International Zionist Leader and American Philanthropist

1959

Smith, Margaret Chase

United States Senator from Maine 1949-1973

1959