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Bioethicist, Former Professor Receives Honorary Degree

December 4, 2012 – Dr. John Collins Harvey, a former professor of medicine and chair of the bioethics committee at Georgetown University Hospital, received an honorary degree in a Dec. 3 ceremony attended by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C.

Kevin FitzGerald, S.J., research associate professor in the department of oncology, read the honorary degree citation at the ceremony.

“Throughout his career, Dr. Harvey’s contributions have enriched the lives of countless individuals, from the sick to those struggling with bioethical questions to those engaged in the life of the academy to those who seek a closer connection both their humanity and to their God,” FitzGerald read.

The physician and medical ethicist was honored for his service to medical science and bioethics and for his devotion to the Catholic faith as well as the practice of the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis or “care for the whole person.”

“It is for the model that he has provided for us in living our Catholic and Jesuit ideals of a commitment to excellence, of continually striving for the more and of service to God and humankind that we present him with our university’s highest honor,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.

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