Sunday, August 20, 2000

School to honor actor Nimoy

The Associated Press

        YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — Actor Leonard Nimoy will receive an honorary doctorate this fall from Antioch University's McGregor School.

        The school in this city about 20 miles east of Dayton is part of a university system that also includes campuses in New Hampshire, Los Angeles and Seattle.

        The actor, who played Mr. Spock on the Star Trek television series and movies, earned a master's degree in education in 1978 from an Antioch branch campus in Austin, Texas. Mr. Nimoy does not have a bachelor's degree.

        Antioch's Austin campus shut down in 1979, but Mr. Nimoy has fond memories of the institution. He discovered the school in the mid-1970s, while he was appearing in a play in Austin. He earned his degree about two years after he enrolled.

        “I wanted something to challenge my mind, and the program was extremely stimulating,” Mr. Nimoy said Friday from his southern California office.

        Barbara Gellman-Danley, president of the university's McGregor School branch in Yellow Springs, said she nominated Mr. Nimoy because of his leadership role in rebutting those who seek to deny the existence of the Holocaust. Among other activities, Mr. Nimoy starred in and co-produced the 1991 TNT film, Never Forget, based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor's successful court battle against Holocaust deniers.

        Mr. Nimoy, 69, is not scheduled to come to campus to accept the honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Instead, Ms. Gellman-Danley will videotape a presentation at his home in southern California next month and play it at her Oct. 21 inauguration.


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