May 6, 2003
Houston, Texas- - Former University of Houston basketball coach Guy V. Lewis will join Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., Professor Neal UH Professor Neal Amundson and Lorretta Devine in being awarded a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at UH's general commencement ceremony at 9 a.m., on Friday, May 9, 2003, in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Lewis, who served as Houston's head coach for 30 seasons, retired as Houston coach with a 592-279 record and led the Cougars to five NCAA Final Four appearances in his career. Three of the players he coached include Elvin Hayes, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. This year, Lewis was a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
Aguirre Jr. is acting director of the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and former UH System Board of Regents chairman from 1996-1998. This is the second important federal appointment for Aguirre, who was vice chairman and chief operating officer for the Export-Import Bank. Both jobs called for the longtime Houstonian to work in Washington, D.C.
Amundson, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics at UH, is widely regarded as the most prominent chemical engineering educator in the country. Amundson served as chairman of the chemical engineering department from 1949 until 1977. He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Devine, the celebrated actress and singer whose credits include the movie "Waiting to Exhale" and the TV series "Boston Public," is a native Houstonian who earned a bachelor's degree in drama education from UH in 1971. She also has a master's degree in theater arts from Brandeis.