Three to Receive Honorary Degrees from Scranton


            The University of Scranton will confer three honorary degrees during its 111th Commencement Ceremony for undergraduate students on Sunday, May 29, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. At the ceremony, the University will award honorary degrees to Freda Adler, Ph.D., Carl J. Kuehner and Msgr. Andrew Martin.

            Earning a reputation as the country’s top female criminologist, Freda Adler, Ph.D., has served as a criminal justice advisor to the United Nations, as well as to federal, state and foreign governments. She gained recognition in 1975 with her controversial book, “Liberation Theory of Female Criminality,” which predicted that crime rates among women would increase because of the advancement of the women’s liberation movement. That same year, her influential book, “Sisters in Crime: The Rise of the New Female Criminal,” was published. She has written or collaborated on 17 books, served as editor or coeditor of nine others, and authored more than 100 journal articles.

            Dr. Adler has taught three generations of students, including current faculty at The University of Scranton. The director of the Master of Science Program in Criminology and a visiting professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania and professor emeritus at Rutgers University, she has received many awards for her work and service. She is a fellow and past president of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), a fellow of the Max-Planck Institute of Foreign and International Criminal Law, and a recipient of the Beccaria Medal in Gold from the German Criminological Society and the Herbert Block Award from the ASC.

            Carl J. Kuehner made his mark in the business world four decades ago as president of Real Estate Technology Corporation, a successful Florida-based real estate development and investment firm. Kuehner’s generosity has had an indelible impact on humanity. Under Kuehner’s direction, Real Estate Technology Corporation has developed low-income farm worker housing at sites in Collier County, Fla., where he has served in a variety of positions with Immokalee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.  He has also served as the Scranton-area chairperson for The Order of Malta, a world-wide, lay, religious organization of the Catholic Church that assists the sick and those most in need throughout the world.

             For Kuehner – a 1962 graduate of The University of Scranton who is a benefactor of the University and served as chair of its Board of Trustees – charity is truly a family affair. He and his wife, JoAnne, who received an honorary degree from the University in 2001, co-founded the Haitian Education and Revitalization Team, which is now known as Hope for Haiti. Their organization, which raises funds to improve the future of the children of Haiti, delivered $30 million in aid to the country after the January 2010 earthquake.

            Msgr. Andrew Martin embarked on a distinguished career serving in the ministry of Catholic secondary education, after studying theology at Gregorian University, in Rome, Italy, and being ordained in the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica in 1967. Most notably, he was principal and the first president of Camden Catholic High School, a college preparatory school in Cherry Hill, N.J., from 1984 to 2010. Msgr. Martin guided Camden Catholic during a time of immense transition. His vision of Catholic education was to provide quality teaching and valuable learning opportunities that develop character and lead to lives of distinction. A champion of inclusion, Msgr. Martin made sure that Catholic education was accessible to diverse students and those whose families were affected by unstable economic conditions. He established Camden Catholic’s first Development Council, which launched an annual fund appeal, as well as its Development Office.

             Msgr. Martin was honored by the National Catholic Education Association with its Secondary Schools Department Award. He also shared his insight and expertise as a member of statewide educational boards and with Catholic institutions, including The University of Scranton, where he served two three-year terms on the Board of Trustees. Upon his retirement from Camden Catholic in 2010, Msgr. Martin was named the school’s president emeritus in recognition of his distinguished service.


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Freda Adler, Ph.D., director of the Master of Science Program in Criminology and visiting professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Carl J. Kuehner, University of Scranton alumnus and co-founder of Hope for Haiti.

Msgr. Andrew Martin, president emeritus of Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, N.J. 

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