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Professor Patrick Lennox Tierney is professor emeritus from the University of Utah's Art History Department. Lennox Tierney's specialty is Japan and has visited that country almost every year since 1949 when he first worked there as the Arts and Monuments Commissioner. Later, Lennox Tierney lead many photography tours over the years for a group called Through the Lens Tours and traveled to most countries of the world. Over the years, Professor Tierney donated over 250,000 slides to the Marriott Library's collections. The slides reflect landscapes, architecture, agriculture, the arts, and various other topics. The Japanese government acknowledged and praised Professor Tierney for his Japan related photography by conferring the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in 2007.