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Commentator Pauline Frederick Offers Message to 445 Graduates in DePauw's Class of '77

May 22, 1977

Pauline Frederick.jpgMay 22, 1977, Greencastle, Ind. - Pauline Frederick, international affairs analyst and producer for National Public Radio, told DePauw's Class of 1977 today that the United States should not wait for the Soviet Union to lead the way toward disarmament. "The opportunities for such leadership may be diminishing," she warned, adding that the U.S. unilaterally should take 10% of its military budget and allocate it to peaceful purposes without waiting for Moscow.

A veteran news commentator who covered the United Nations for NBC for many years, Frederick addressed the 445 seniors who graduated from DePauw in ceremonies on East College lawn. She also received an DePauw Seal.jpghonorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from President Richard Rosser, who noted that Frederick "joined the DePauw family in the second best way: by marriage." Her husband is Charles Robbins, a 1928 graduate of the University.

Author John Jakes, a 1953 DePauw graduate; United States Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine); and Tom Binford, businessman, former acting president of DePauw, also received honorary degrees at today's 138th commencement. Binford was helicoptered to the ceremony from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he was chief steward of the Indianapolis 500.