June 1999

No 98

Leicester University is to confer an honorary degree on a former US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

The Honourable Raymond Seitz will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws at a ceremony in Leicester's De Montfort Hall in July this year.

Mr Seitz was educated at Yale University, where he received a BA in History, before embarking on a distinguished career leading to the position of Executive Assistant to Secretary, George P Schultz, in Washington between 1982 and 1984.

In 1989 he became Minister and Deputy Chief of Missions for the US Embassy in London until 1991 when he was appointed as the US Ambassador to the UK, being the first career diplomat to be appointed to that position, one he held until 1994.

Raymond Seitz was Senior Managing Director of the Lehman Brothers between 1995 and 1996, and has been Vice-Chairman since 1996, the year he was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal, RSA.

Speaking of his pleasure at receiving the honorary degree from Leicester University, Mr Seitz said: "I am doubly honoured by Leicester's decision to grant me a degree of Doctor of Laws. First, I begin an association with one of Britain's most outstanding academic institutions, and, second, I join an exceptionally distinguished roll of fellow honorary graduands."

Mr Seitz is one of ten people prominent in the worlds of academia, medicine, science and industry to receive an honorary degree from Leicester University in July.

The full list of honorands is:

Mr Tim Appleton, Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve; Professor Dame Gillian Beer, DBE, FBA, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge; Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature; Dr Ken Edwards, Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University who retires in September; Professor Fred Leckie, Department of Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Mr Chris Moon, a former Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment, now an active campaigner against the use of land mines; Professor Sir Keith Peters, FRS, Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge; Sir Richard Sykes, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo Wellcome; and Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Note to editors: The Honourable Raymond Seitz will receive his degree on Friday 23 July 1999 at 11 am in the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

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