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Emory alumnus Kelso made Commander of the British Empire

During the investiture ceremony on Friday, July 13, British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, presented William Kelso (right) with the badge of the Order.

William Kelso, an alumnus of Emory, has been awarded an Honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE) during a recent ceremony at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Kelso received a doctorate from Emory in 1971. He is director of archaeology at Historic Jamestowne. 

The CBE is awarded for especially inventive and celebrated contributions, recognizing Kelso for his groundbreaking rediscovery of the original 1607 James Fort at Jamestown Island, Va. 

The CBE is one of five categories of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry established in 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom.

Kelso is one of only two Americans to receive this honor from Britain this year.

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