BYRNE AND HEWITT GET DEGREES Two Kings Point attendees received honorary degrees at the 1999 graduation. Don Hewitt, Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” reported for basic training in late 1942. In early 1943, when his sea year ship’s North Atlantic convoy came under attack by German submarines, he prayed for rescue “because I sure as hell didn’t want to freeze to death on a lifeboat. I’d already done that (during lifeboat drills) at Kings Point.” Ronald Byrne, Jr., a retired Air Force colonel who attended the Academy in the late ’40s was an Air Force pilot, shot down in 1965 and held prisoner by the North Vietnamese until 1973. He told graduates that the most important thing he learned at Kings Point “was that a man is capable of more than he imagines he is capable of.” Admiral Stewart announced the founding of a faculty chair named for Byrne in ethics, morals and leadership by J. Smith Lanier ’50. Hewitt was given Honorary Alumnus status by the Alumni Chairman, Reggie Hayden ’60. Byrne, by virtue of his longevity at the Academy, was already a qualified alumnus.