Honorary Degree

2016 Commencement

Harry-KefferDr. Harry Keffer graduated from Manchester in 1959 with a degree in chemistry and earned his M.D. from Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1963. He completed his internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore., and his residency in anesthesiology at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland. He also studied medical ethics at Indiana State University.

From 1966 to 1968, Harry served in a medical group at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, earning the rank of captain and receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal.

After the Air Force, Harry entered into a private practice in anesthesiology in Terre Haute and there began a relationship with Union Hospital that spanned three decades. His roles included chief of staff, chief of anesthesiology, chief of surgery, and a member of the Board of Directors and the board’s Executive Committee.

Also during his career he served as an associate clinical professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Terre Haute campus, teaching medical ethics, air management and genetics to medical students and family practice residents from 1989 until 2000.

In 1997, Harry won the Weinbaum Award for exceptional contributions to Union Hospital and the advancement of medicine in the Wabash Valley.

Throughout his career, he gave more than 150 presentations in the community and provided guest lectures on medical ethics to a number of ISU and IU faculty. His publications, many in collaboration with his wife, Jan, a nurse practitioner, explored issues of medical ethics such as assisted suicide and do-not-resuscitate orders. Together, the Keffers have led numerous workshops and seminars for health care professionals.



Jan-KefferDr. Jan Keffer received her registered nursing training at Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland, Ore., in 1964. She graduated in 1971 from Indiana State University with a bachelor of science in nursing. In 1987, she earned a master’s degree in nursing from Indiana University, becoming a primary health care adult nurse practitioner. In 1990, she earned her Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Throughout her extensive and wide-ranging clinical career as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, Jan developed and taught numerous nursing and nursing ethics courses. She taught first at Indiana State University and Indiana University School of Medicine in Terre Haute and later at IU in Indianapolis, including at the IU Center for Bioethics.

Among her honors, she won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Part-Time, at IUPUI; the IU Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-Time Faculty; the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award of the IU School of Nursing; the Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching at IU; and the Lois T. Meier Teaching Excellence Award at IU School of Nursing.

Jan has served on the Board of Advisors at St. Ann Clinic in Terre Haute, the Union Hospital (Terre Haute) Ethics Committee, the IUPUI Ethics in Research Committee, and the Indiana Task Force on End of Life Care. She also represented state nurses on the Do Not Resuscitate Coalition which developed legislation that ultimately became law. She has been a consultant for numerous nursing and medical organizations, and researched and written extensively on ethical dilemmas in health care. Content from her ethics courses has been published and distributed nationally.



Evan-BayhEvan Bayh is one of the most popular politicians in Indiana history. He was elected the state’s 46th governor – and the nation’s youngest governor – in 1988. In 1992, he was re-elected by a 25-point margin, the largest for a governor in modern state history. As governor, his priorities were sound fiscal management, economic growth and improving education. The state added 350,000 jobs during his administration, witnessed the largest tax cut in Indiana history, and amassed the largest surplus ($1.6 billion) in state history.

Gov. Bayh strengthened college affordability by creating the 21st Century Scholars Program, which provides full-tuition scholarships and encourages student success. He also created the Department of Workforce Development to improve the accessibility of vocational education, literacy programs and employment training.

Limited to two consecutive terms as governor, Bayh was elected to the U.S. Senate, again by landslide margins, in 1998 and 2004. In the Senate he was known for his centrist policy positions, for working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and for his willingness to seek bipartisan compromise. Sen. Bayh served on several committees, including Armed Services; Intelligence; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Aging.

Frustrated with increasing partisanship, Bayh left the Senate after his second term. He ran again in 2016, losing to three-term Congressman Todd Young. In March 2016, Bayh was named national co-chair of No Labels, an organization dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions for Americans.

Born in Terre Haute and the son of former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, Evan Bayh graduated from Indiana University in 1978 and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1981. He and his wife, Susan, have twin sons.