Honorands 2018

The University of St Andrews is delighted to honor three distinguished individuals in December 2018. 


Thursday 6 December – morning

Paul Lawrie

Known to one and all in golf as “Chippy” because of the excellence of his work around the greens, Paul is one of only eight players to have competed in more than 600 European Tour events. In those, he has amassed eight victories, including his unforgettable Open triumph at Carnoustie in 1999. Over the course of his 32-year professional career, Paul has twice represented Europe in the Ryder Cup, in 1999 and 2012, winning his singles match on both occasions. He has also played multiple times for Great Britain and Ireland in the Seve Trophy, as well as being part of Scotland sides at the Dunhill and World Cups.

Off the course, Paul plays a significant role in grassroots golf through his eponymous junior foundation and has three times hosted the Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament on the European Tour. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1999 and awarded an OBE (the Order of the British Empire) in 2013.

Paul Lawrie on a golf course

Thursday 6 December – afternoon

Herbert Kohler

Herbert Kohler was Chairman and Chief Executive of the Kohler Co. for 43 years and is now its Executive Chairman.

The company is headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA and focuses on living environments: in the kitchen and bathroom with its plumbing products, tile and mirrored cabinetry; around the home with its engines and power systems; and at two world-class golf destinations with four hotels in Wisconsin and St Andrews.

In 1981, Mr Kohler converted a dormitory for immigrants across the street from a large iron foundry into a historic 5 Diamond 5 Star resort hotel, one of only five in the world. The American Club in turn has hosted six of golf’s Majors and will host the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Mr Kohler is a trustee of the Kennedy Center and the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art. He was founder of the Environmental Institute of Golf. He will be awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his significant contribution to the town and community of St Andrews.

Herbert Kohler

Friday 7 December – afternoon

Val McDermid

Dubbed the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 15 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green. She has written three other series, featuring private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie. She has also published several award-winning standalone novels, two books of non-fiction, two short story collections and a children’s picture book, My Granny is a Pirate.

She is an experienced broadcaster with regular and hugely popular appearances on TV and radio.

Val has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, the Grand Prix des Romans D’Aventure, the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011, the Stonewall Writer of the Year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. In 2016 she received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction award at the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Harrogate Crime Festival and in 2017 she was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Val McDermid