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Honorary Doctor of Law

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

  • 2012
    - Judge Christel E. Marquardt '74
  • 2011
    - Richard C. 'Dick' Hite '53
  • 2010
    - D. Duke Dupre '64
  • 2009
    - The Hon. Kay McFarland '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
  • 1972
    - Leon Jaworski
  • 1971
    - The Hon. Harold R. Fatzer (D) '33
    - The Hon. H. George Templar (D) '27
    - President Dwight David Eisenhower
  • 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
2012 Honorary Doctor of Law Recipient
Photograph: The Honorable Christel Trolenberg Marquardt.

The Honorable Christel Trolenberg Marquardt began a professional career at age 19 after completing two years at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. After teaching elementary school in Tigerton, Wisconsin, for a year, she married and had four sons. She did not receive her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Missouri Western State College in Saint Joseph until 1970. Marquardt entered Washburn University School of Law in 1971. She served as managing editor of theWashburn Law Journal and received a juris doctor degree in 1974. She was one of six women in a class of 198 students.

Marquardt started her legal career at the Topeka law firm of Cosgrove, Webb & Oman where she worked from 1974 to 1986, before becoming a partner at Palmer, Marquardt & Snyder. In 1991 she joined the Levy & Craig law firm in Kansas City and then established Marquardt & Associates LLC in Fairway, Kansas, with her son Andrew. Her legal career focused primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, representing both companies and individuals in employer-employee disputes. She also focused on family law issues. Marquardt was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 1995 by Governor Bill Graves.

Marquardt was a member of the Washburn Board of Regents from July 2007 through June 2011, and served as chairwoman during the 2011 fiscal year. She was a member of the Law School's Board of Governors, and served as president of the School of Law Alumni Association. She has been a lecturer on legal issues for the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Trial Lawyers, Kansas Municipal Attorneys, Kentucky Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Washburn University, Missouri Western University, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Menninger Foundation, and many civic organizations.

Marquardt served as the first woman president of the Kansas Bar Association from 1997 to 1998. She serves on numerous committees of the American Bar Association, has been a member of its Board of Governors, has served in its House of Delegates since 1988, was Kansas' State Delegate from 1995 to 1999 and is currently serving in that capacity. She has volunteered on the Topeka Symphony Board and many other civic organizations.

In 2004 Marquardt received the Washburn University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, one of only four women who have been selected to receive this award since its inception. Marquardt remains a strong supporter of Washburn University and the School of Law.