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Honorary Doctor of Law

(D indicates Deceased; no award given in unlisted years)

  • 2018
    - The Honorable J. Thomas Marten '76
  • 2017
    - Kerry E. McQueen '65
  • 2016
    - John Hamilton '65
  • 2015
    - George A. Barton '77
  • 2014
    - The Hon. J. Patrick Brazil '62
  • 2013
    - Stanley C. Sager '57
  • 2012
    - Judge Christel E. Marquardt '74
  • 2011
    - Richard C. 'Dick' Hite '53
  • 2010
    - D. Duke Dupre '64
  • 2009
    - The Hon. Kay McFarland (D) '64
  • 2007
    - Michael C. Manning '77
  • 2006
    - The Hon. Sam A. Crow '52
  • 2004
    - The Hon. Paul Brady '56
  • 2003
    - John D. Kemp '74
  • 2002
    - Gerald Goodell '58
  • 2001
    - Mark V. Heitz '77
  • 2000
    - Ambassador Delano Lewis '63
  • 1991
    - The Hon. Richard Holmes (D) '53
  • 1990
    - The Hon. D. Jerome Harman (D) '35
    - The Hon. Sherman A. Parks (D) '55
  • 1989
    - Malcolm S. Forbes (D)
  • 1986
    - Gerald L. Michaud (D) '51
  • 1985
    - Senator Robert J. Dole '52
  • 1984
    - John E. Shamberg '37 (D)
  • 1983
    - Meyer M. Ueoka '49
  • 1981
    - The Hon. Joseph Wilson Morris '47
    - Philip H. Lewis (D) '35
  • 1980
    - William E. Treadway (D)
  • 1979
    - Robert L Brock (D)
    - Edwin R. Linquist (D) '50
  • 1978
    - F. Mark Garlinghouse (D) '39
  • 1977
    - The Hon. Albert B. Fletcher, Jr. (D) '51
    - Donald P. Moyers (D) '34
  • 1976
    - The Hon. Tom C. Clark
  • 1974
    - Governor Robert B. Docking (D)
  • 1972
    - Leon Jaworski (D)
  • 1971
    - The Hon. Harold R. Fatzer (D) '33
    - The Hon. H. George Templar (D) '27
    - President Dwight David Eisenhower (D)
  • 1970
    - Richard James Farrell
  • 1969
    - The Hon. Earl H. Hatcher (D) '23
    - Senator Robert J. Dole '52
    - The Hon. Byron R. White
  • 1968
    - Senator Harry Darby (D)
  • 1967
    - Senator Frank Carlson
    - General Howard S. Searle (D) '16
  • 1965
    - Paul Joseph Lovewell (D)
    - Vernon J. Dunton (D) '14
  • 1963
    - John R. Emens
  • 1962
    - Robert Mason Clark (D) '34
  • 1959
    - Dale Elbert Sharp (D)
    - Alfred Bixby Quinton, Jr.
  • 1958
    - Ray Hugh Garvey (D)
    - Donald Read Heath
    - The Hon. Delmas Carl Hill (D) '29
  • 1957
    - Annie B. Sweet
    - Herbert Bernard Loper (D)
    - David M. Neiswanger (D)
  • 1955
    - Bruce W. Trull
  • 1954
    - Gladden Whetstone Baker
    - Edward Ray Sloan (D) '06
    - James Stanley Twyford (D)
  • 1951
    - William Addison Neiswanger
    - Clifford Ragsdale Hope (D) '50
  • 1943
    - Francis D. Farrell
  • 1942
    - Rees H. Hughes (D)
    - Dean W. Mallott
  • 1941
    - Phillip C. King
  • 1940
    - John E. Erickson
    - George Enfield Frazer
    - William A. Irwin (D) '34
    - Anthony E. Karnes
    - Harry H. Woodring
  • 1939
    - Ernest H. Lindley
    - Herbert George Titt
  • 1937
    - Frank A. Quail (D) '29
  • 1936
    - A.A. Godard
  • 1935
    - Dean Harry K. Allen (D)
    - Thomas Allen McNeal
  • 1933
    - Governor Alfred Mossman Landon (D)
    - Frank Martin Mohler
  • 1931
    - Arthur Capper
    - Lee Eldas Phillips
  • 1930
    - Parley Paul Womer
  • 1929
    - George H. Whitcomb (D)
  • 1928
    - Sardius Mason Brewster
    - Stephen S. Estey (D) '28
  • 1927
    - John S. Dawson (D) '06
  • 1926
    - Robert Stone (D)
  • 1925
    - Charles Curtis (D)
    - Oscar A. Kropf
    - Richard E. Kropf
  • 1923
    - Arthur E. Hertzler
  • 1922
    - Ozora S. Davis
  • 1921
    - Henry J. Allen
    - Edward G. Buckland
  • 1917
    - Harry B. Wilson
  • 1916
    - Duncan Lendrum McEachron
  • 1915
    - Harry Olson
    - Frank Knight Sanders
  • 1914
    - Jacob C. Mohler
  • 1905
    - Archibald McCullough
  • 1904
    - William O. Johnston
    - William H. Rossington
  • 1902
    - John C. McClintock
  • 1891
    - Solon O. Thacher
  • 1888
    - The Hon. David J. Brewer
2018 Honorary Doctor of Law Recipient
Photograph: J. Thomas Marten.

The Honorable J. Thomas Marten was born in Topeka, graduated high school in Onaga, Kansas, and returned to Topeka to attend Washburn University. He received his bachelor of arts in 1973 from Washburn University and his juris doctor in 1976 from Washburn University School of Law.

He worked his way through college and law school at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. After graduating from Washburn Law, Marten served as law clerk to retired Associate Justice Tom C. Clark of the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. He then spent 19 years practicing law, with an emphasis in litigation, in Nebraska, Minnesota and Kansas, including 14 years as a member of Bremyer & Wise, P.A. in McPherson, Kansas.

Marten was appointed United States district judge for the District of Kansas by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The judgeship was once held by his great uncle, the late Judge Delmas Hill. Marten hung his uncle''s photo, along with those who held that post after Hill, on the wall next to where his black robes hang to remind him of those who came before him. Marten served as chief judge of the District of Kansas from April 2014 until May 2017 and recently took senior status.

Since taking the bench, Marten has been involved in a wide range of civil and criminal litigation. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Sedona Conference, and has completed terms on the information technology committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the board of directors of the Federal Judges Association.

He taught trial advocacy at various programs and workshops throughout the United States for more than 30 years and at Harvard Law for more than 25 years. Marten taught at Wichita State University and the Department of Justice Trial Advocacy Center, has lectured at National University of Ireland, Galway, and has been a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars throughout the country, including ALI-ABA's Antitrust and Employment Law Litigation and Antitrust.

Marten, also a musician, has composed numerous songs and his three-piece string band, The Shoes, performed at the 2007 inauguration of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Marten is a founding member of the Wesley E. Brown American Inn of Court in Wichita — named after a former colleague and friend. He served on the School of Law Board of Governors and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association in 2016.