The University of Bridgeport conferred an honorary degrees upon Robert G. Muller of France, deputy to the under-secretary-general of the United Nations, and Sir Hugh Foot, Lord Caradon, former UN representative of Great Britain, during UN 35th anniversary celebrations at UB in 1980.
Hooding ceremonies took place with singing and instrumental accompaniment on Wednesday, October 24, for Lord Caradon, and Saturday, October 27, for Mr. Muller. Both events were open to the public free of charge and took place in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center in Mertens Theater at 8 p.m.
The residency of Lord Caradon at UB for a week, with scheduled appearances at a Board of Associates Dialogue Luncheon, a student assembly, and classes, was climaxed by his receipt of the honorary degree.
Lord Caradon spoke on “The United Nations and the Mideast” following the degree presentation, during which President Miles was assisted by Dr. Alfred Gerteiny, Dr. William Allen, and Mrs. Ruth S. Cohen of Westport, chairperson of the Connecticut division of the United Nations Association-USA which sponsors the statewide UN anniversary celebration.
The program included a medley of national anthems and instrumental music arranged by Professor Robert Hill, and a Hymn to the United Nations by the Chamber Singers conducted by Professor Robert Regan.
Mr. Muller, whose remarkable career at the UN began with an internship in 1948, worked closely with U Thant and Kurt Waldheim as director in the office of the UN’s secretary general. He also served as director of the UN budget.
He served as political adviser to UN forces in Cyprus, counselor to the secretary-general of the UN Trade Conference, and director of the UN Natural Resources Division. He also was a special assistant to the under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs, and chief of the steel and engineering section of the Economic Commission for Europe. In short, his experience was extremely varied. But he also had time to write, and his autobiographical book, Most of All, They Taught Me Happiness, was published by Doubleday in 1978.
Following Mr. Muller’s hooding ceremony, he spoke on the topic “The International Year of the Child.”
The Board of Associates toast to the 35th Anniversary of the United Nations was its Dialogue Luncheon with Lord Caradon on Monday, October 22 at 12 noon in the Student Center.