A generation of engineers saw Mr. Doohan as a role model. The Milwaukee School of Engineering awarded him an honorary doctor of engineering degree in 1993. "He brought the field of engineering to the forefront of pop culture," Kathleen McCann, a spokeswoman for the school, said in an e-mail message.
Anyone want to see a library school do the same for Tony Head? (He did make the cover of American Libraries, just after his character ceased being a practicing librarian, which must have confused anyone who came to Buffy because of that story.) Is a favorable depiction of a profession in pop culture worthy of an honorary degree for the actor? Discuss.