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Two to receive honorary degrees at spring commencement

Two honorary doctorates will be conferred at the Washburn University commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12.

The Honorable Christel E. Marquardt, honorary doctor of law

The Honorable Christel Trolenberg Marquardt began a professional career at age 19 after completing two years at Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. After teaching elementary school in Tigerton, Wisc., for a year, she married and had four sons. She did not receive her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Missouri Western State College in Saint Joseph until 1970. Marquardt entered Washburn University School of Law in 1971. She served as managing editor of the Washburn Law Journal and received a juris doctor degree in 1974. She was one of six women in a class of 198 students.

Marquardt started her legal career at the Topeka law firm of Cosgrove, Webb & Oman where she worked from 1974 to 1986, before becoming a partner at Palmer, Marquardt & Snyder. In 1991 she joined the Levy & Craig law firm in Kansas City and then established Marquardt & Associates LLC in Fairway, Kan., with her son Andrew. Her legal career focused primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, representing both companies and individuals in employer-employee disputes. She also focused on family law issues. Marquardt was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals in 1995 by Governor Bill Graves.

Marquardt was a member of the Washburn Board of Regents from July 2007 through June 2011, and served as chairwoman during the 2011 fiscal year. She was a member of the Law School's Board of Governors, and served as president of the School of Law Alumni Association. She has been a lecturer on legal issues for the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Trial Lawyers, Kansas Municipal Attorneys, Kentucky Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Washburn University, Missouri Western University, Kansas Women Attorneys Association, Menninger Foundation and many civic organizations.

Marquardt served as the first woman president of the Kansas Bar Association from 1997 to 1998. She serves on numerous committees of the American Bar Association, has been a member of its Board of Governors, has served in its House of Delegates since 1988, was Kansas' State Delegate from 1995 to 1999 and is currently serving in that capacity. She has volunteered on the Topeka Symphony Board and many other civic organizations.

In 2004 Marquardt received the Washburn University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, one of only four women who have been selected to receive this award since its inception.

Brigadier General Deborah S. Rose, honorary doctor of public service

Brigadier General Deborah Rose received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from

Washburn University in 1982 and a master of science in nursing degree from Wichita State

University in 1989.

Rose entered military service with a direct commission into the Nurse Corps in March 1983, where she remained until 1994 when she was requested to take on a crucial leadership role. She was the 190th Service Flight Commander and transformed the organization to one of the finest in the Air National Guard. She served in assignments with progressively more responsibility in the 190th Air Refueling Wing. During Desert Shield she deployed to Saudi Arabia where she served as a nurse. Pre-Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Turkey as the leader of an aerial refueling base bed-down team. She became the highest-ranking female in the Kansas National Guard when she was promoted to the rank of colonel in 2002, and upon her promotion to brigadier general in 2007 was also the first female to achieve that rank in the Kansas National Guard.

As brigadier general, she was the Assistant Adjutant General-Air, Kansas National Guard. She also served as the director, Joint Force Headquarters, Kansas National Guard and was responsible for the integration of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard forces for homeland security and for the command of the Joint Task Force-Kansas. During her distinguished military career, Rose received numerous major awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Kansas National Guard Association of Kansas Meritorious Service Award and the Kansas National Guard Service Medal.

Rose is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States, the National Guard Association of Kansas, the American Nurses Association, Nurses Association of Kansas and Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs. She served as president of the National Guard Association of Kansas from 1997 to 1998, and chairwoman of the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame Board of Governors from 1999 to 2004.

She served as president for the Young Women’s Christian Association of Topeka board of directors from 2007 to 2009 and was on the Stormont Vail Foundation board of directors in 2009. She was an adjunct instructor at both St. Mary’s of the Plains School of Nursing and the University Of Kansas School Of Nursing. In 2007, Rose was named the Washburn University School of Nursing Alumni Fellow.

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Dena Anson, university relations, (785) 670-1711

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