College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts honors Four with Pro Bene Meritis Award

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2012 Pro Bene Meritis award. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding service to the College of Liberal Arts.

The recipients are:

H.W. Brands, (Ph.D. History, ’85) the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History, has written more than 20 books on such presidents as Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Two of his books, “Traitor to His Class” and “The First American” were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Thomas M. Cable (Ph.D. English, ’69) served as a member of the English Department’s faculty from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. His outstanding scholarship, prolific service and numerous teaching awards exemplify his dedication to the college. His book, co-authored with Albert C. Baugh, “A History of the English Language,” is the most widely used text in the world on the subject.

O.H. Frazier (BA History, ’63) is an internationally acclaimed cardiovascular surgeon whose work in developing heart assist devices and cardiac transplants has transformed cardiovascular care. He holds leadership positions at the Texas Heart Institute and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

Michael L. Gillette (BA Government, ’68/Ph.D. History, ’84) is currently the Executive Director of Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also served as director for the Center for Legislative Archives in the National Archives Records Administration in Wash. DC.

This year's recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 19 at the San Jacinto Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room.

The Pro Bene Meritis awards were first granted in 1984 to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits and who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin . Visit the Life & Letters Web site to learn more about past recipients.

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