March 24, 2010
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Regents award honorary University of Iowa doctoral degree to Art Neu
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa voted unanimously today to award an honorary University of Iowa doctoral degree to Arthur A. Neu, an attorney from Carroll, Iowa, with a long history of public service to the state.
Neu, 77, is scheduled to receive the honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the December 2010 commencement.
Neu served as a state senator from 1967 to 1973 and as lieutenant governor of Iowa from 1973 to 1979. He served as mayor of the City of Carroll from 1982 to 1985 and as a member of the Iowa Board of Regents from 1978 to 1984. He also serves on the Iowa Board of Corrections and the Iowa Public Radio Board of Directors.
"Being invited to accept an honorary doctorate came as something of a surprise," Neu said. "It is a very humbling experience to be recognized for doing something that I already found to be very rewarding just because I so enjoyed working with my fellow Iowans across the state. I have especially fond memories of working with people at the University of Iowa, including (longtime UI Alumni Association field secretary, Old Gold Development Fund co-founder and former state relations director) Max Hawkins, (UI President Emeritus) Willard 'Sandy' Boyd, (UI history professor) David Schoenbaum and (UI law professor) Arthur 'Art' Bonfield."
"It would be very difficult to find many people who have done more for Iowa and their communities than Art Neu," UI President Sally Mason said. "He has worked tirelessly for the people of his hometown in Carroll and for Iowans, and I am delighted that we are recognizing his commitment and dedication with this honorary degree."
Neu received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. in 1955. He earned his law degree in 1958 from Northwestern University and his LL.M. degree in taxation from Georgetown Law School in 1961. Before returning to Carroll, he spent three and a half years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1958.
Neu's two sons, Eric Neu and Towle Neu, are also alumni of the University of Iowa, having graduated from the UI College of Law in 1993 and 1999, respectively.
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