BOZEMAN — A famed radio personality whose voice has graced Montana’s airwaves for decades and a renowned Hollywood actor who started his career at Montana State University will receive honorary doctorates at MSU’s spring commencement ceremony May 5.
The Montana Board of Regents on Friday approved honorary doctorates for Martin Goldsmith and Bill Pullman at their meeting in Dillon.
Goldsmith began his radio career at a classical music station in Cleveland in 1971. In 1987, he joined NPR’s “Performance Today,” which he hosted from 1989 to 1999. He is currently director of classical music programming for Sirius XM satellite radio and is frequently heard on the company's Symphony Hall channel.
Goldsmith is the author of “The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany,” which details his parents’ experiences in the Jüdischer Kulturbund, an all-Jewish orchestra maintained by the Nazis from 1933 to 1941. More recently, Goldsmith wrote “Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance,” the story of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, only to have their ship turned away from Cuba, the U.S. and Canada and forced to return to Europe. Members of Goldsmith’s family were among the passengers who later died in concentration camps.
Goldsmith hosts his weekly radio broadcasts from the home in southwest Montana he shares with his wife.
Bill Pullman, actor from films such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Independence Day” and, recently, “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” joined MSU’s theater faculty in the late 1970s, eventually becoming co-chair of the theater program. He was also a contributing actor and director in the formative years of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, an outreach program of MSU’s College of Arts and Architecture.
Pullman left MSU to pursue his acting career on Broadway and later made his way into Hollywood with films such as “Ruthless People” in 1986 and Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” in 1987. Since then, he has starred in more than 60 films, 30 major stage productions and TV series such as HBO’s “Too Big to Fail” and USA’s “The Sinner.”
Pullman owns a cattle ranch outside Butte and helps with local community conservation campaigns. He has continued his support of local arts groups, including fundraising for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and has returned to MSU to guest lecture numerous times.
For more information about MSU's spring commencement, visit http://www.montana.edu/commencement/.