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Honorary doctorates awarded to Beasley, Bodenheimer and Carle

BOONE—Three individuals with close ties to Appalachian State University received a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa during May commencement. They are George G. Beasley of Naples, Fla., F.P. Bodie Bodenheimer of Greensboro and Eric Carle of Blowing Rock and Tavernier, Fla.

View larger imageGeorge G. Beasley holds his honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree presented during the College of Fine and Applied Arts commencement at Appalachian State University. Photo by Marie FreemanView larger imageProvost Lori S. Gonzalez, left, adjusts the doctoral hood presented to F.P. “Bodie” Bodenheimer as part of his honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which was awarded during the Walker College of Business commencement. Photo by Marie FreemanView larger imageEric Carle, noted children’s book illustrator and author, holds his honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The degree was presented during commencement for the Reich College of Education. Provost Lori S. Gonzalez, left, is pictured with Carle. Photo by Marie Freeman

George G. Beasley ’58, ’60

Beasley is founder of Beasley Broadcast Group consisting of 43 radio stations in large- and mid-market locations across the United States. He made the lead gift making a new media complex on campus possible – the George G. Beasley Media Complex scheduled to open later this year.

His life has been one of service and leadership to radio broadcasting, to his community, to his love of education and to his alma mater. He is a current member and past chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors, a current member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and Campaign Steering Committee, and a former member of the College of Fine and Applied Arts’ Communication Advisory Board. In 1990 he received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

F.P. “Bodie” Bodenheimer ’51

Bodenheimer has had a distinguished career in the military, as a bank executive and owner of Zickgraf Hardwood Company in Franklin, one of the largest manufacturers of fine hardwood flooring in America. He has served as president of the Appalachian Alumni Association, a member and chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, member of the UNC Board of Governors, president of the Yosef Advisory Board, and member of the Foundation Board of Directors. During his term as Yosef Board president, the Bodenheimer Challenge generated more than $200,000 for Yosef scholarships.

Through the years, Bodenheimer and his wife, Margy, created or helped create a number of scholarships and other endowments. He is known in particular for establishing scholarships in honor of former teammates who played football for the late coach E.C. Duggins.

Eric Carle

A children’s book author and illustrator, Carle has enriched children’s lives for nearly 50 years. His body of work spans more than 70 children’s picture books, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Do You Want to Be My Friend?”

Recently, Carle granted the Reich College of Education permission to reproduce images from his best-selling work. The iconic “Hungry Caterpillar,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” and 34 other characters are on permanent display on the third and fourth floors of the education building.

The collection is believed to be the only permanent Carle exhibit of its kind displayed in a public university in the United States, and, more specifically in a college of education.