Commencement 2018: Honorary Degree Recipients

Here’s a look at the honorary degree recipients for UMB’s commencement on May 18:

Fred G. Smith, DDS ’78, MS

Venice K. Paterakis, DDS ’81

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Smith and Paterakis: The husband and wife, both graduates of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, come from prominent Baltimore families and have been heavily involved in charitable efforts at UMB, in the city of Baltimore, and beyond. Smith is vice president and director of Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns nearly 200 TV stations across the United States. Paterakis practiced dentistry in the Fells Point/Harbor East area of the city for 33 years and is one of six children in a family that rose to prominence through its H&S Bakery business and more recently has been involved in the development of Harbor East.

Charitable efforts: Smith and Paterakis have been performing acts of kindness for decades, with the goal of their efforts being to improve the human condition and serve the public good. In 2015, the couple donated $1.5 million to establish the first endowed professorship at the School of Dentistry. Smith also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., among other groups, and Paterakis has been active with the Maryland Ronald McDonald House and supports many other charitable organizations such as Yumi Cares and Horizon Day Camps.

Quote: “Philanthropy and service to the community were values instilled in me at a very young age. I am honored to be involved with the University of Maryland, Baltimore and greatly appreciate this wonderful recognition bestowed on us,” Paterakis says.

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Bunting: After a serious car accident at age 16 that required a 10-day hospital stay, she gained appreciation for nursing as a career and earned her nursing degree in 1958 at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. After a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse, she joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1959, staying in the order until 1974. From 1972 to 1996, she practiced at Mercy Southern Health Center, an outreach center in South Baltimore, and became a nurse practitioner. She retired after a 34-year career at Mercy.

Charitable efforts: Bunting, the granddaughter of George Avery Bunting, a University of Maryland pharmacist who invented Noxzema, which grew into CoverGirl Cosmetics and Noxell Corp, made a major gift in October 2007 as part of Mercy Medical Center’s $400 million capital campaign. The Mary Catherine Bunting Center is a 20-story tower that includes 259 private patient rooms and 15 state-of-the-art operating rooms. She also has donated large sums to fund scholarships and programs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she earned a master’s degree in 1972.

Quote: “I was blessed to come from a family that did not focus on wealth. And I knew that love — not wealth — is what brings joy and happiness,” Bunting says.

Carolyn Frenkil

Honorary Doctor of Public Service

About Frenkil: A businesswoman and community activist, Frenkil is president of Center City, Inc., and 10-30 W North Avenue, LLC, and helps runs the North Avenue Market project, renovation in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District in Baltimore. Before that, she created — and sold — Substance Abuse Services, Inc., which provided drug/alcohol testing of employees in the transportation industry. She was married to James Frenkil, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) for 26 years before his death in 2009.

Charitable efforts: The couple’s first major contribution to UMSOM/Faculty Physicians, Inc. was an office building once used by Dr. Frenkil’s occupational medicine practice. They also set up the James and Carolyn Frenkil Foundation. She donated money to purchase equipment/furniture for UMSOM’s Executive Health Program and the school’s new Media Center, and she helped fund a course in pharmacogenomics and supported collaborative research in the medical school’s Program on Aging, Trauma, and Emergency Care, among other gifts.

Quote: “Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anyone not embracing an opportunity to be actively involved with this renowned institution,” Frenkil says of UMB.

More on commencement

Read more about the commencement speakers and honorees and about all the commencement festivities.

Lou CortinaCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeMay 17, 20180 comments

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