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April 10, 2002
OSWEGO -- The founder of popular cable network The Learning Channel and the leader of Central New York business success story Welch Allyn both will receive State University of New York honorary doctoral degrees at SUNY Oswego's 141st Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 18, in Romney Field House.
The honorary doctor of humane letters degree that Harold Morse will receive in the 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences will be his third degree awarded at SUNY Oswego. Morse, who launched TLC in 1980 and is currently president and chief executive officer of the all-arts programming network Ovation, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Oswego in 1961 and 1963. He also holds a doctorate from the University of Washington.
After selling The Learning Channel in 1991, Morse went on to launch Ovation. A former elementary school teacher, Morse was a founding board member of the Cable in the Classroom initiative. The Auburn native also served as a special assistant to the U.S. commissioner of education, leading work to integrate televised lessons into classrooms.
He received the Vanguard Award for Programmers from the National Cable Television Association and was named 1990 Communicator of the Year by the International Communications and Information Association. He serves on the Oswego College Foundation board of directors.
"Harold Morse is a shining example of the success that is possible for the thousands of Oswego students taking part in commencement," said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. "We are proud of his lifelong pursuit of innovative educational services."
William F. Allyn, president and CEO of Welch Allyn, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the 1:30 p.m. ceremony for School of Business and School of Education graduates.
The grandson of company co-founder William Noah Allyn, he founded Welch Allyn's industrial division in 1966. Since that time, he "has led the company's transformation from a small regional company specializing in a few medical products into a worldwide leader in diagnostic medical, data collection, industrialization and lighting products," the college's nomination form noted. The 86-year-old company is based in Skaneateles and employs 2,800 people in four countries. It has earned 212 patents in the past 20 years.
Allyn, who was one of the earliest proponents of Total Quality Management, has earned such honors as the Business Leadership of America's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
"He is remarkable for running a company that stays on the cutting edge of technology, research and leadership," Stanley said. "He serves as a role model for how to run a successful, community-minded business."
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