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Barnes: Swan Songs, OctoTea and good works abound

Week’s socializing included two sets of UT awards

By Michael Barnes - American-Statesman Staff

First came the videos, then the speeches. Last week, the Texas Exes conferred Distinguished Alumnus Awards on six graduates from the areas of law, medicine, business and technology. In several cases, the speeches crested in firm calls of support for University of Texas President William Powers Jr., also onstage at the LBJ Auditorium.

Lawyer Linda Addison said, “Our lives are richer, fuller and more interesting because of the educations we gained here.” Pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Charles Fraser remarked on medical advances in the state, including the planned UT medical school. Through stirring oratory, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson measured how far society had come on racial matters.

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