Honorary Degrees
1918 - Present

J. Cleo Thompson 
Doctor of Laws  1973
Status: conferred

Distinguished lawyer, educational statesman, civic leader, he has served the cause of humanity through his dedicated service to the legal profession. As a former president of the Dallas Bar Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, and member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, he has provided leadership for the organized bar. He has been a source of strength for legal education with a long history of support therefor, particularly of the Law School of Southern Methodist University. As chairman of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, he has been instrumental in the establishment and continuation of the Hatton W. Sumners Scholarships for outstanding law students. For his contributions to the legal profession and for his unswerving support of legal education, we this day accord him grateful recognition by conferring upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.