Tufts University

Leslie H. Gelb

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Leslie H. Gelb an honorary degree during the University's 153rd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

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Commencement 2009

Leslie Gelb, in the fifty years since you graduated from Tufts, you have advanced Americaís interests in the world through public service and explained to millions of readers what those interests should be. As one of the nationís preeminent foreign policy analysts, your varied career has encompassed teaching, public service, journalism, and policy assessment. You are that rare scholar whose insights are equally valued by policy makers, fellow academics, and the sophisticated general reader alike. For your service at the Department of Defense in the Johnson Administration, and the Department of State in the Carter Administration, you received each departmentís highest civilian award. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, your fifteen years as an editor and writer for The New York Times editorial page made you a must-read for foreign policy makers, fellow journalists and the public. The American Political Science Association awarded your study The Irony of Vietnam: The System Worked the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book of the year in international relations. Thanks to your unique convening authority, under your leadership the Council on Foreign Relations has advanced informed discussion of critical policy issues. A dedicated alumnus of this university, we are grateful for your decade of service as a Trustee of Tufts. Leslie Gelb, on this your fiftieth reunion year, your alma mater is proud to recognize your contributions to foreign policy and public understanding by naming you Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

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This story originally ran on May 17, 2009.