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Term of Award

Fall 2002

Degree Name

Doctor of Letters

Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree

Armstrong State University

Brief Biography of Degree Recipient

Mary V. Burnett (1934) along with her husband and fifth President of Armstrong, Robert Burnett, served the University tirelessly for over twenty years. Mrs. Burnett was a teacher for several years after graduating from the University of Texas, El Paso. She played a crucial role in her husband’s presidency offering sound judgment and a charming presence. She was also a community leader who volunteered with many non-profit organizations including the PEO Sisterhood, Candler Hospital Auxiliary, Savannah Symphony Women’s Guild, the One Hundred at Backus Children’s Hospital, the Chancel Society of St. John’s Church, and the Huntingdon Club. In the Fall of 2002, both Dr. and Mrs. Burnett were awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for their many years of service to Armstrong Atlantic State University.


Armstrong Atlantic State University, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters


More information can be found about Mrs. Mary V. Burnett in the December 2002 Armstrong Atlantic State University Commencement program.

Photo courtesy of Special Collections at Lane Library (Armstrong).

Mary Vaughan Burnett

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