Peter J. Gomes - Honors and Tributes

Honors and Tributes

  • 1998: The Benjamin Elijah Mays Medal, Bates College
  • 1998: Clergy of the Year, by Religion and American Life.
  • 2000: W. E. B. Du Bois Medal recipient at Harvard University
  • 2008: Gomes and his family were featured by Henry Louis Gates on the PBS documentary African American Lives 2.
  • 2010: Gomes gave the Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church, and Culture; Harvard University elected him Honorary President of the Alpha-Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Gomes served as a trustee of The National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C.; as Harvard University trustee of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and a trustee of the Roxbury Latin School and of Bates College. He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a sometime Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He was a former acting director of The W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University; he was past president of the Signet Society; and a former trustee of Bates College, Wellesley College and the Public Broadcasting Service. He was past president and trustee of the Pilgrim Society in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  • In 2007 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth to membership in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.
  • Gomes received at least forty honorary degrees at various times, including degrees from:

New England College; Waynesburg College; Gordon College; Knox College; University of the South; Duke University; The University of Nebraska; Wooster College; Bates College; Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; Trinity College, Bowdoin College; Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; Colby College; Olivet College; Mount Holyoke College; Furman University; Baker University; Mount Ida College; Willamette University; SUNY-Geneseo; Westminster Choir College of Rider University; Ursinus College; Wagner College; Lesley University; Williams College; Virginia Theological Seminary; Morris College; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Hamilton College; Union College; Tuskegee University; Lasell College; General Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York; Lafayette College; Augustana College; Westfield College; Washington and Jefferson College; and St. Lawrence University.

  • 2009: Gomes gave the Lowell Lectures of Massachusetts and was named an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University (England), where "The Gomes Lectureship" was established in his name.

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