Thomas W. Lambeth received an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the May 13 graduation ceremony in Kenan Stadium.
A native Tar Heel, Lambeth received his bachelor’s degree in history from Carolina in 1957. Lambeth was Gov. Terry Sanford’s chief administrative assistant and later was administrative assistant to U.S. Rep. Richardson Preyer. Lambeth capped his career with 23 years of service as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, where he remains a senior fellow after retirement. At Carolina, he chaired the Board of Trustees for two years, received the board’s William Richardson Davie Award and was honored with the establishment of the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professorship and the Lambeth Lecture in Public Policy.
Lambeth, of Winston-Salem, serves on the UNC School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors and is a former board chair.