May 18, 2000
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Amherst College will present seven distinguished individuals with honorary degrees at its annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Main Quadrangle.

Those honored will be:

William Amend '84, the creator of "FoxTrot," a widely syndicated comic strip that chronicles the daily adventures of an American family facing the 21st Century.

K. Frank Austen '50, a research physician at Harvard Medical School, who has studied the molecular and cellular bases of allergic and auto-immune diseases.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, a lawyer, human rights activist and Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on Violence Against Women.

H. Irving Grousbeck II '56, a professor of management at Stanford University and founder and past chairman of Continental Cablevision.

Sung-Joo Kim '81 is the founder and president of Sung Joo International, a fashion retailer in Seoul, Korea, and one of the "20 Most Powerful International Businesswomen," according to Working Woman magazine.

Franklin D. Raines, the chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae, and the former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Wendy Wasserstein, a playwright, the author of The Heidi Chronicles and The Sisters Rosensweig, among other works, and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.

Also on Sunday, David L. Moore '78 will receive the Medal for Eminent Service from Amherst. Moore, the chairman of Sonostar Ventures, chairman of the board of Paradigm Direct, and chairman of Garden State Brickface in New Jersey, has been active in alumni affairs at Amherst.