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John Wendell Straus, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary
John Wendell Straus, you have served your country, the world of arts and culture, education and Marlboro College with a devotion and generous spirit not often found in today's world. After graduating from Harvard College with honors in 1942, you joined the Army Air Forces and spent three years in France teaching their native sons, in their native language, how to fly. You returned to the US and pursued a career in merchandising with R. H. Macy & Co., serving as Vice President from 1958 to1968. Then you turned your attention to education and the arts, first as Vice President for Administration and then as Vice President for the Visual and Performing Arts at the State University of New York in Purchase before becoming an independent educational consultant.
As a patron and advisor, you have devoted your time and energy to many fine organizations in this country, serving as trustee and director. A sampling of those organizations fortunate enough to call you a friend include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Federation for the Arts, the National Federation for the Arts, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and the Browning School in Manhattan, of which you are also a graduate. In addition, you serve as a member of the Drawing Committee of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and as a member of the SUNY Purchase Advisory Council.
Your association with Marlboro College is a long and treasured one. Bringing an invaluable knowledge of both business and education, you became a trustee in 1974 and undertook the challenging task of serving as chair of the development committee for five years. Then you accepted the most challenging role for a trustee, that of Chairman of the Board. You served admirably in that role for more than ten years, giving wise counsel and support to two presidents. We are delighted that you will continue that friendship with Marlboro, and a third president, as an honorary trustee.
John Straus, today Marlboro College is proud to confer upon you the degree of: Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorary