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U of M Will Award First Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Harry Feinstone
For release: Aug. 7, 2006
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For the first time in its history, the University of Memphis will confer an honorary doctorate. President Shirley Raines will award the degree to Dr. W. Harry Feinstone during summer Commencement ceremonies Sunday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. at FedExForum. Degrees will be awarded to 735 graduates, including 42 doctoral candidates.

Feinstone was born in a part of Germany that is now Poland. After immigrating to the United States, he studied at the University of Arkansas and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. It was at Johns Hopkins that he began his research in treating infectious diseases. In a remarkable 37-year career in pharmaceutical research, Feinstone worked for 30 companies, including Schering-Plough, where he retired as vice president for research and development.

Feinstone's work produced a number of advances in public health, including sulfa drugs, broncho-dilators, and many over-the-counter drugs. Feinstone holds 17 patents, including one for his work on the antacid "Di-Gel." After retiring, Feinstone served as a research professor at the U of M, where he supported development of a concentration in molecular biology and endowed the Feinstone Professorship in Molecular Biology. The W. Harry Feinstone Center for Genomic Research was established through his imagination and financial support.

The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Jerome A. Goldstein, a professor of mathematical sciences at the U of M and an internationally renowned mathematician, who received the University's 2006 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award. Goldstein is recognized throughout the world as an expert in semigroup theory. His book on linear subgroups is regarded as the definitive resource on applications of linear semigroups to physics, engineering, and biology. Goldstein has also made vital contributions to the fields of partial differential equations, mathematical physics, and functional analysis.

A member of the U of M faculty since 1996, Dr. Goldstein was named a Dunavant Professor in 2004, and he received the U of M Alumni Association's Distinguished Research Award in 2002.

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