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College of Arts and Sciences adds four to Hall of Honor

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 16, 2010 12:41 PM

Feb. 11, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences will induct four former faculty members into its Hall of Honor during a Feb. 25 ceremony.

Lucy Freibert, Eliza Atkins Gleason, Gerhard Herz and Phil Laemmle will be added to the Hall of Honor, which was established during the college’s 2007 centennial for alumni, faculty and others who have made significant and lasting contributions to the college, university, local community and society.

The 6 p.m. induction ceremony at Speed Art Museum is free and public but reservations are required by calling the dean’s office, 502-852-6490.

Here is information about the honorees:

—Lucy Freibert, English professor emerita. A champion of gender equity and racial equality, she taught UofL’s first women’s studies course and helped establish the women’s and gender studies department and UofL’s Women's Center. She received the Trustees Award in 1991 for her impact on students.

—Eliza Atkins Gleason, former head librarian, teacher and library department founder at UofL’s segregated Louisville Municipal College, later was absorbed into the College of Arts and Sciences. Considered the first African American to earn a library science doctorate, she died in 2009.

—Gerhard Herz, professor emeritus and music history department chair for 22 years. The renowned Bach scholar was a founding member of the American Bach Society and Louisville Chamber Music Society and a 20–year board member of the Louisville Orchestra. He died in 2000.

—Phil Laemmle, former political science and liberal studies chair and professor emeritus. He also served as university ritualist, presiding over more than 30 commencements and two UofL presidential inaugurations. He got UofL’s first Trustees Award in 1989 for his impact on students.

For full biographies, check For more information, contact 502-852-6490 or

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