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Denise Clark, Clarence Guenter receive honorary degrees

UToday HomeJune 12, 2013

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The honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws, is the University of Calgary’s highest academic honour bestowed on individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition. Today’s recipients are:

Denise Clarkemorning convocation for Arts and Graduate Studies

Denise Clarke is a theatre artist who works as a choreographer, actor, director, playwright and teacher. Classically trained in ballet, she also danced professionally in the contemporary and jazz worlds on television and on stage before settling in Calgary to develop her own work as an independent choreographer in the early 1980s. She taught extensively throughout Canada offering master classes, workshops and university residencies, and was a sessional faculty member at the University of Calgary from 1980-1987. Clarke began working with One Yellow Rabbit Theatre in 1983 and became associate artist and a permanent member of the One Yellow Rabbit Ensemble.

Clarence Guenter afternoon convocation for Education and Graduate Studies

Clinician, researcher, teacher, administrator and life-long student, Clarence Guenter has held positions at the Universities of Manitoba, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Calgary. In Calgary he became professor and head of the Department of Medicine (1976–1985), vice-president for Clinical Development and Research at Foothills Hospital (1985-1990) and president of the hospital (1990-1993). His research interests produced publications related to diseases of the heart and lungs, and human adaptation to the severe cold and altitude of the polar Antarctic. He inspires others, including volunteer medical practitioners, to engage the challenges of improving global health.

Learn more about graduation and convocation, honorary degrees and the Order of the University of Calgary.


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