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PhD honoris causa recipient: Mortimer B. Zuckerman

American magazine editor, investor and philanthropist


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Date: October 30, 2017
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Mortimer B. Zuckerman is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report, the benefactor of the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute of Columbia University, and the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Boston Properties Inc.

He is a trustee of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management Committee. He is a sponsor of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a former Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a former lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Yale University, a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and the former Chairman of the Principal’s International Advisory Board of McGill University. He is a former trustee of New York University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies, and a former Vice Chair & Treasurer of the International Peace Institute. He is a former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and served as President of the America-Israel Friendship League.

Mr. Zuckerman is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where he received an undergraduate degree in 1957 with first class honors, a degree in law in 1961 and an honorary LLD in 2011. He received an MBA with distinction from the Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1961 and an LLM from Harvard University in 1962.

He has received honorary degrees from Colby College, Southampton College, Hebrew College, Berkeley College, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws, from both McGill University and Columbia University. Mr. Zuckerman was awarded the Commandeur De L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall, the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architecture in New York, the Sy Syms Humanitarian award from Yeshiva University, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Canadian government.