Melina Korfonta ’25

news editor

Trinity College made an announcement last week appointing alumnus Raja Changez Sultan ’72, an internationally renowned Pakistani painter and poet, as a guest speaker at Trinity’s 196and Beginning which will take place on Sunday, May 22. Sultan, along with Lloyd Alexander Lewis Jr. ’69 and Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, will also receive honorary degrees from the College.

“It is our privilege to welcome all of our well accomplished honorands to Trinity. We are very proud of each of them,” said Berger-Sweeney when commenting on this year’s winners. “I am also grateful and delighted that Raja is addressing our launch attendees. Through the power of his work, he encouraged an entire generation to pursue his love for the arts, especially his home country of Pakistan, and in the process he helped shape a more just society. His voice, alongside all of our distinguished honorands, will help make this year’s Commencement a truly special occasion.

Sultan was educated in Pakistan and England before arriving at Trinity where he would write his first poem “The Mirror”. Sultan graduated from Trinity in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After Trinity, he earned two master’s degrees at Columbia University. Sultan has used his experience at Trinity to guide him through his career as a famous writer and painter for over 50 years now. His paintings have been exhibited in Austria, England, Switzerland, Oman and Pakistan.

Sultan also served the United Nations and the World Health Organization before taking up senior positions for the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation. Later, Sultan was appointed Director General of the National Arts Council of Pakistan in Islamabad, where he advanced the work of artists, thinkers, writers and visual and performing arts. He will receive an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in recognition of his distinguished career and dedication to his craft.

Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Lloyd Alexander Lewis Jr. ’69 who is the first African American from Alexandria, Virginia to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.

Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, who served as Trinity College’s first female board chair, will also receive an honorary degree.

Lloyd Alexander Lewis Jr., who will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, graduated from Trinity in 1969 with a BA in Classics and went on to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Yale University in 1985. Lewis served as a preacher, teacher, pastor, and scholar for more than 50 years.

Lewis served parishes in the cities of Hartford, New Haven, Brooklyn, Garden City (New York), and Washington, DC after being ordained a deacon and a priest. He then became a professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) after starting as an assistant and associate professor; Lewis taught at VTS until 1991. Lewis then served as Dean of the George Mercer Jr. Memorial School of Theology and Assistant Bishop for Education in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island for nine years. Lewis returned to the VTS in 2000 and was appointed Molly Laird Downs Professor in the New Testament until his retirement in 2012.

Lewis represented the Episcopal Church as a member of the World Council of Churches Theological Education Program in Prague, Czech Republic. Additionally, Lewis was a member of the General Board of Chaplain Examiners of the Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the African-American Hall of Fame in Alexandria, Virginia.

Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80 who will also receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, graduated from Trinity in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Thornburgh previously spent 17 years as a board member at Trinity College. While on the board, she served as chair of the presidential search committee, and she became chair of the board the same year.

Thornburgh created the Marjorie Butcher Circle, a philanthropic leadership group made up of alumni. She also served as Co-Chair of the Community Building Charter Committee; three presidents of the College’s fundraising campaign to raise a total of $350 million; and as a member of the Council of Fellows. Thornburgh was one of the original creators of the Founders Council of the Women’s Leadership Council and is a Fellow of the Elms Society.

Thornburgh became the first woman to receive the Eigenbrodt Cup in 2010. Three years later, she and her husband Richard E. Thornburgh were included on Trinity’s Wall of Honor. In 2020, Thornburgh was named one of Trinity’s 50 for the Next 50 honoring 50 women who will have a lasting impact over the next 50 years at Trinity.

Beyond Trinity, Thornburgh served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Convent of the Sacred Heart, an independent K-12 girls’ school in New York City. Thornburgh currently serves on the board of The Lord’s Place, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Southeast Florida.

Melina Korfonta 25

news editor

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Trinity College made an announcement last week appointing alumnus Raja Changez Sultan ’72, an internationally renowned Pakistani painter and poet, as a guest speaker at Trinity’s 196and Beginning which will take place on Sunday, May 22. Sultan, along with Lloyd Alexander Lewis Jr. ’69 and Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, will also receive honorary degrees from the College.

“It is our privilege to welcome all of our well accomplished honorands to Trinity. We are very proud of each of them,” said Berger-Sweeney when commenting on this year’s winners. “I am also grateful and delighted that Raja is addressing our launch attendees. Through the power of his work, he encouraged an entire generation to pursue his love for the arts, especially his home country of Pakistan, and in the process he helped shape a more just society. His voice, alongside all of our distinguished honorands, will help make this year’s Commencement a truly special occasion.

Sultan was educated in Pakistan and England before arriving at Trinity where he would write his first poem “The Mirror”. Sultan graduated from Trinity in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After Trinity, he earned two master’s degrees at Columbia University. Sultan has used his experience at Trinity to guide him through his career as a famous writer and painter for over 50 years now. His paintings have been exhibited in Austria, England, Switzerland, Oman and Pakistan.

Sultan also served the United Nations and the World Health Organization before taking up senior positions for the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation. Later, Sultan was appointed Director General of the National Arts Council of Pakistan in Islamabad, where he advanced the work of artists, thinkers, writers and visual and performing arts. He will receive an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in recognition of his distinguished career and dedication to his craft.

Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Lloyd Alexander Lewis Jr. ’69 who is the first African American from Alexandria, Virginia to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.

Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80, who served as Trinity College’s first female board chair, will also receive an honorary degree.

Lloyd Alexander Lewis Jr., who will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, graduated from Trinity in 1969 with a BA in Classics and went on to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Yale University in 1985. Lewis served as a preacher, teacher, pastor, and scholar for more than 50 years.

Lewis served parishes in the cities of Hartford, New Haven, Brooklyn, Garden City (New York), and Washington, DC after being ordained a deacon and a priest. He then became a professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) after starting as an assistant and associate professor; Lewis taught at VTS until 1991. Lewis then served as Dean of the George Mercer Jr. Memorial School of Theology and Assistant Bishop for Education in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island for nine years. Lewis returned to the VTS in 2000 and was appointed Molly Laird Downs Professor in the New Testament until his retirement in 2012.

Lewis represented the Episcopal Church as a member of the World Council of Churches Theological Education Program in Prague, Czech Republic. Additionally, Lewis was a member of the General Board of Chaplain Examiners of the Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the African-American Hall of Fame in Alexandria, Virginia.

Cornelia Parsons Thornburgh ’80 who will also receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, graduated from Trinity in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned an MBA from Columbia University.

Thornburgh previously spent 17 years as a board member at Trinity College. While on the board, she served as chair of the presidential search committee, and she became chair of the board the same year.

Thornburgh created the Marjorie Butcher Circle, a philanthropic leadership group made up of alumni. She also served as Co-Chair of the Community Building Charter Committee; three presidents of the College’s fundraising campaign to raise a total of $350 million; and as a member of the Council of Fellows. Thornburgh was one of the original creators of the Founders Council of the Women’s Leadership Council and is a Fellow of the Elms Society.

Thornburgh became the first woman to receive the Eigenbrodt Cup in 2010. Three years later, she and her husband Richard E. Thornburgh were included on Trinity’s Wall of Honor. In 2020, Thornburgh was named one of Trinity’s 50 for the Next 50 honoring 50 women who will have a lasting impact over the next 50 years at Trinity.

Beyond Trinity, Thornburgh served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Convent of the Sacred Heart, an independent K-12 girls’ school in New York City. Thornburgh currently serves on the board of The Lord’s Place, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Southeast Florida.