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Tuesday, June 10, 2002
Contact: Peter Bailley

Knox College Honors Retired Dallas Morning News Photographer

Knox College awarded an honorary degree to Donald Clinton Grant, retired chief photographer for the Dallas Morning News. The presentation was made at Knox's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 8, on the Knox campus in Galesburg, Illinois. (Photo: Clint Grant, left, receives honorary degree from Knox President Roger Taylor. Download for publication)

Honorary degree citation, as read by Lynette Lombard, associate professor of art.

"Clint Grant's career has placed him repeatedly on the world stage. And his photography has helped make events on that world stage accessible to millions of Americans. Traveling with the White House press corps in November 1963, his photos of that ill-fated trip provided many Americans with enduring visual images of President Kennedy's last public appearances prior to the assassination.

"In the years since that event, Mr. Grant continued to document news events, both large, and small, for the American public. His photographs of world leaders, of children and of everyday life all provide visual images that both captivate and inform his viewers.

"Clint grant's work for the Dallas Morning News made him one of this country's most important photojournalists. Through his photography, he has helped establish photojournalism as one of our most important forms of documentation of the public record.

"Knox College holds a special place in American journalism. In the last century a number of alumni pursued careers in journalism, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Even today, Knox graduates continue to play key roles in print and broadcast news media. Their approach to journalism has been nurtured by Knox's historic commitment to social justice--to righting wrongs, and to revealing 'the truth' in order to bolster the foundations of our democratic institutions. It is fitting today that Knox should honor Clint Grant, who has made exceptional contributions to documenting the public record through photojournalism."

More about Clint Grant
During his half-century-long career as a photojournalist Grant has documented many of the key events and personalities of the 20th century. (Download publication photo)

In 1949, after serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Grant joined the Dallas Morning News, where he worked on the photo staff until his retirement in 1997. Grant photographed every president from Truman through George H. Bush, as well as royalty, astronauts, celebrities and sports figures. Grant was riding with the national press corps, and took several memorable photos, during and after the assassination of President John Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, and graduate of Hume Fogg High School in Nashville, Grant attended Vanderbilt University.

Grant's works have been printed in Encyclopedia Brittanica, Life, Time, Paris Match, Stern and many other publications. One of his photographs was selected by Eastman Kodak for display — as an eight-foot-high transparency — in Grand Central Station in New York City.

Grant has won more than 100 state, regional and national honors for photojournalism, including one Headliner award, three "Katy" awards, and the Medallion for Excellence in Photojournalism from the Southwest Journalism Forum. His photographs have been exhibited in several galleries in Texas and at Knox College in 2001.

Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 47 states and 42 nations. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.

Related Pages
Clint Grant Photo Exhibit at Knox College
Clint Grant recalls the Kennedy assassination
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