Honorary Doctorate Recipients 2016
Barbara Lindquist Tanner
A community leader, humanitarian, human rights activist and philanthropist. Growing up in Ogden, her father developed his business while her mother was a community leader. She attended Ogden High School, Weber Jr. College and then transferred to the University of Utah. At the U of U she was on the debate team, and during one event her opponent was Norman Tanner. They were a well-matched team even when they were on opposite sides of a debate. Norm and Barbara were married for 77 years, raised four children, Clark, (deceased) Susan, Deon and Deb, cultivating as a family a concern for community, environment and humanity. She shared her leadership talents in organizing such agencies as Utah Girls Village (now Utah Youth Village), establishing and participating in musical groups such as the Utah Symphony and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. In 2006 she established The Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy in the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.
Stanley B. Parrish
Currently the President and CEO of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, began his career in the wholesale floor covering business at Midwest Floor Covering, Inc. where he worked for 21 years, seven as the president and CEO. Parrish worked five years as the chief of staff for Sen. Orrin Hatch and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the associate deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Upon his return to Utah, Parrish served as the Utah governor’s executive director of Community and Economic Development and several years on the SLCC Board of Trustees. He was president of the PPI Group, president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of Waterware Inc. Parrish then became the owner of the Mighty Distribution Center and Parandco. He and his wife Joyce live in Salt Lake City and have six children and 17 grandchildren.