Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gen. Stafford Awarded Honorary Degree

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gen. Stafford Awarded Honorary Degree

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Gen. Thomas P. Stafford has been awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

SWOSU President Randy Beutler made the surprise presentation at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Gemini VI mission at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. It is the first time that an honorary doctorate has been awarded by the university.

A retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Air Force and NASA astronaut, Stafford was born and raised in Weatherford. Even though he never received a degree from SWOSU, he has been a major supporter of the university.

Stafford has the largest individual endowment with the SWOSU Foundation, and many Weatherford High School students are benefiting with scholarships. At the time he started the endowment in 1993, there was not a specific endowment to help Weatherford students. …

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