---- — RINDGE — Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of Stonyfield Yogurt; Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, nonfiction writer; Penny Pitou, the first American to win an Olympic medal in downhill skiing; and Lloyd Astmann, outgoing chairman of the board of trustees of Franklin Pierce University are each scheduled to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University.
The honorary degrees will be conferred at the university’s 48th commencement May 18.
The recipients are well known for their entrepreneurial spirit and close ties to the state. They will offer brief remarks upon receipt of their honorary degrees.
Gary Hirshberg, an optimist known for his inspirational views on sustainability, organic agriculture, and the profitability of green business, is chairman and co-founder of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt company, based in Londonderry.
Hirshberg grew the company from a seven-cow operation in 1983 to a world-renowned company, generating $370 million in annual sales.
He is the author of “Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Change the World,” a book about how a business can make an environmental commitment that not only promotes a healthier planet, but also produces a healthy company.
A New Hampshire native who lives in the state with his wife, Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, and their three children, Hirshberg has won numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership, and serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards.
Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is a highly regarded speaker and writer who recently wrote “For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families,” a well-received book offering strategies and insight into building a business and a family simultaneously and the consequent impact on both the business and relationships.
Cadoux Hirshberg worked in the Stonyfield Farm business for several years in sales and yogurt production prior to embarking on her writing career. She now writes an Inc. magazine column, “Balancing Acts,” that explores work-life balance in an entrepreneurial setting.
Cadoux Hirshberg has also written two yogurt cookbooks and has been published in Yankee Magazine, the Boston Globe magazine, New Hampshire Magazine and other publications.
Pitou was the first American — man or woman — to win an Olympic medal in downhill skiing in 1960, capturing silver medals. A native of New Hampshire, Pitou is also a successful entrepreneur who runs Penny Pitou Travel Inc. in addition to operating the Penny Pitou Ski Schools.
Pitou was elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1961 and inducted into the New England’s Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 2010, Astmann, a successful entrepreneur, became Franklin Pierce University’s first alumni to serve as chairman of its board of trustees, on which he continues to serve.