AUSTIN, TexasCreekmore Fath, William H. Goetzmann, James W. McKie and Paul B. Woodruff will receive the 2002 Pro Bene Meritis awards for significant contributions to the liberal arts on Friday (April 5) from the Liberal Arts Foundation Advisory Council of The University of Texas at Austin.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts and New Deal activist who worked closely with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fath has spent many years involved with the university through the Liberal Arts Advisory Council, the Littlefield Society, the President’s Associates and the Ex-Student’s Association.
Goetzmann began his teaching career at The University of Texas at Austin in 1964, when he founded and developed the American Studies program. Goetzmann has created at least one new class every semester, written more than 19 books and received the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, Exploration and Empire.
McKie, also an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, was dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and created the Council of Liberal Arts to enhance faculty communication. On the national level, McKie has been a consultant to corporations and the U.S. government, serving under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.
Known for his contributions to the Department of Philosophy and Plan II Honors, Woodruff is a well-respected educator and faculty member who has won numerous awards for his high-caliber teaching and published works. He is director of Plan II and teaches classes in ethics, aesthetics and ancient philosophy.
The Pro Bene Meritis awards were first granted in 1984 to honor individuals who are committed to the liberal arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits and who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.