Honorary Degrees - Recipients of Honorary Degrees At The George Washington University

From GW Encyclopedia


NOTE: This list is not comprehensive. There may be individuals who received an honorary degree in special ceremonies that are not captured on this list, as in recent years names have been gleaned strictly from the Commencement Program.


  • John Spence, Doctor of Medicine


  • Eli Ball, Master of Arts
  • J.L. Dagg, Master of Arts
  • John C. Keeny, Master of Arts
  • Jesse Olney, Master of Arts
  • George B. Perry, Master of Arts


  • William Beaumont, Medical Degree
  • Ephraim K. Gaitner, Medical Degree
  • Thomas J. Smiley, Master of Arts
  • Levi Tucker, Master of Arts


  • Samuel Waite, Master of Arts


  • William R. Wells, Master of Arts


  • Robert B. C. Howell, Master of Arts


  • E.W. Dickison, Master of Arts


  • Thomas Hume, Master of Arts
  • Joseph D. Nichols, Master of Arts
  • John Ogilvie, Master of Arts


  • Joseph Baker, Master of Arts
  • John H. Kearney, Doctor of Medicine


  • William Brand, Bachelor of Arts
  • Jeremiah B. Jeter, Master of Arts
  • Henry Keeling, Master of Arts
  • Alexander McWilliams, Medical Degree
  • James B. Taylor, Master of Arts
  • Thomas C. Thornton, Master of Arts
  • William Zollikoffer, Medical Degree


  • James Acworth, Doctor of Divinity
  • Benjamin Godwin, Doctor of Divinity
  • Archibald Maclay, Doctor of Divinity
  • Abram M. Poindexter, Doctor of Divinity


  • Andrew Broaddus, Doctor of Divinity
  • William M. Cornell, Master of Arts
  • Charles H. Pendleton, Master of Arts


  • Samuel Cornelius, Master of Arts
  • Joseph H. Eaton, Master of Arts
  • Richard Fuller, Doctor of Divinity
  • Calvin Howard, Doctor of Medicine
  • John Massie, Doctor of Divinity
  • Philetus B. Spear, Doctor of Divinity
  • Thornton Stringfellow, Master of Arts
  • Thomas C. Teasdale, Master of Arts


  • Joseph Banvard, Master of Arts
  • William Brand, Master of Arts
  • Norman W. Camp, Master of Arts
  • George C. Chandler, Master of Arts
  • Daniel Eldridge, Master of Arts
  • William M. Pratt, Master of Arts
  • Benjamin F. Taylor, Master of Arts
  • Samuel J. Wheeler, Master of Arts
  • Robert Hazard Worthington, Doctor of Medicine


  • Philip A. Aylett, Master of Arts
  • Richard L. Butts, Master of Arts
  • Isaac Davis, Doctor of Laws
  • Abram Gindrat, Master of Arts
  • A.B. McWhorter, Master of Arts
  • James B. O'Neil, Doctor of Laws
  • Edward F. Smallwood, Master of Arts


  • John M. Thayer, Master of Arts


  • William J. Berryman, Master of Arts


  • Jeremiah B. Jeter, Doctor of Divinity
  • Elijah Hutchinson, Master of Arts
  • Samuel G. Mason, Master of Arts


  • Stephen M. Allen, Master of Arts
  • Thomas Bellamy, Doctor of Medicine
  • John Taylor Jones, Doctor of Divinity
  • C.D. Mallary, Doctor of Divinity
  • L.G. Marshall, Master of Arts
  • Daniel Witt, Master of Arts


  • Franklin Haven, Master of Arts
  • Joseph S. Hobbins, Jr., Doctor of Medicine
  • Alfred Holmead, Master of Arts
  • Samuel G. Ker, Master of Arts


  • Francis M. Gunnell, Master of Arts


  • Mathew F. Maury, Doctor of Laws
  • Edward Maynard, Master of Arts
  • James Remley, Master of Arts
  • James Patterson Tustin, Master of Arts


  • Adolphe F. T. Biewend, Master of Arts
  • Joseph G. Binney, Doctor of Divinity
  • William F. Broaddus, Doctor of Divinity


  • Lawson Chase, Master of Arts


  • Charles S. James, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Alfred S. Patton, Master of Arts
  • James B. Taylor, Doctor of Divinity


  • Howell Cobb, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert C. Fox, Master of Arts
  • Sydney H. Owens, Master of Arts
  • William I. Martin, Master of Arts
  • George W. Samson, Doctor of Divinity


  • James P. Boyce, Doctor of Divinity
  • John Orclaronaux, Medical Degree
  • J.R. Thomson, Master of Arts
  • John Watkins, Medical Degree
  • A. G. Wilkinson, Master of Arts


  • Henry K. Brown, Master of Arts
  • James Dennison, Bachelor of Philosophy
  • John Thompson Mason, Doctor of Medicine
  • William McLain, Doctor of Divinity
  • Willie J. Palmer, Master of Arts
  • T. H. Roberts, Master of Arts
  • Robert Ryland, Doctor of Divinity
  • William Stimpson, Doctor of Medicine
  • Henry H. Tucker, Doctor of Divinity


  • William F. Mattingly, Master of Arts


  • H. H. Durand, Master of Arts
  • G. V. Leech, Master of Arts
  • John Orcutt, Doctor of Divinity


  • S. G. Bulfinch, Doctor of Divinity
  • James H. Parks, Master of Arts
  • Daniel W. Prentiss, Master of Arts
  • Warren Randolph, Doctor of Divinity


  • John H. Booth, Master of Arts
  • F. D. Brown, Master of Arts
  • Theodore Gill, Master of Arts
  • Thomas J. Shepard, Doctor of Divinity
  • Franklin Wilson, Doctor of Divinity
  • William W. Wingate, Doctor of Divinity


  • Theodore Gill, Doctor of Medicine
  • R. J. Keeling, Doctor of Divinity
  • George Peabody, Doctor of Laws
  • Hiram C. Sparks, Master of Arts
  • John W. M. Williams, Doctor of Divinity
  • Walter M. Williams, Master of Arts


  • Richard H. Bagby, Doctor of Divinity
  • William T. Bell, Master of Arts
  • Julius E. Grammer, Doctor of Divinity
  • S. L. Helm, Doctor of Divinity
  • William Landells, Doctor of Divinity
  • A. R. Rangabe, Doctor of Laws
  • Edward Young, Master of Arts


  • Samuel Cathcart, Doctor of Divinity
  • G. W. N. Custis, Master of Arts
  • Henry W. Dodge, Doctor of Divinity
  • Daniel D. Johnson, Master of Arts
  • W. H. McIntosh, Doctor of Divinity
  • James C. Welling, Doctor of Laws
  • Joseph S. Wilson, Doctor of Philosophy


  • William W. Corcoran, Doctor of Laws
  • Elliott Coues, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Edwin M. Gallaudet, Doctor of Philosophy
  • George Howell, Master of Arts
  • Joseph Taber Johnson, Master of Arts
  • S. Landrum, Doctor of Divinity
  • James K. Nichols, Doctor of Divinity
  • Amos Webster, Doctor of Divinity


  • Charles T. Brown, Master of Arts
  • Walter Clark, Bachelor of Laws
  • A. F. Fleet, Master of Arts
  • Theodore Gill, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Willie J. Palmer, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Emanuel Pelavet, Doctor of Divinity
  • David Yerkes, Doctor of Divinity


  • Nahum Capen, Doctor of Laws
  • Anthony W. Dimock, Master of Arts
  • Edward Pierrepont, Doctor of Laws
  • Cornelius Tyree, Doctor of Divinity
  • W.W. Williams, Doctor of Divinity
  • Edward Young, Doctor of Philosophy


  • Archibald J. Battle, Doctor of Divinity
  • Joseph Christian, Doctor of Laws


  • William H. Kable, Master of Arts
  • John C. Kennedy, Doctor of Laws
  • William Pinkney, Doctor of Laws
  • William A. Richardson, Doctor of Laws
  • Thomas W. Sydnor, Doctor of Divinity


  • George F. Adams, Doctor of Divinity
  • Addison B. Atkins, Doctor of Divinity
  • Simon Newcomb, Doctor of Laws
  • Z. C. Sowers, Master of Arts


  • Spencer F. Baird, Doctor of Laws
  • Walter L. Cox, Doctor of Laws


  • Charles Devens, Doctor of Laws
  • Luther Rice Gwaltney, Doctor of Divinity
  • Samuel J. Kirkwood, Doctor of Laws
  • John Pollard, Doctor of Divinity


  • Thomas Duncan, Doctor of Divinity
  • Charles Woodruff Shields, Doctor of Laws
  • A. G. Wilkinson, Doctor of Philosophy


  • Otis T. Mason, Doctor of Philosophy
  • Andrew P. Montague, Master of Arts
  • Charles H. Nichols, Doctor of Laws


  • William A. Maury, Doctor of Laws


  • Joseph H. France, Doctor of Divinity
  • William D. Hedden, Doctor of Divinity
  • William R. Vaughn, Master of Arts


  • Richard B. Cook, Doctor of Divinity
  • William M. Mew, Medical Degree
  • John W. Powell, Doctor of Laws
  • George William Walter, Doctor of Music


  • George V. Leach, Doctor of Divinity
  • James Nelson, Doctor of Divinity
  • John C. S. Richardson, Master of Arts
  • William L. Wilson, Doctor of Laws


  • Robert Fletcher, Doctor of Medicine


  • Albert R. Stuart, Doctor of Divinity


  • Thomas C. Chamberlin, Doctor of Laws


  • George F. Bagby, Doctor of Divinity
  • Charles S. Fairchild, Doctor of Laws
  • Gardiner Greene Hubbard, Doctor of Laws
  • J. L. Massey, Master of Arts


  • John M. Wilson, Doctor of Laws


  • Harry C. Davis, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Theodore Nicholas Gill, Doctor of Laws
  • James Seth, Doctor of Science
  • Chastain C. Meador, Doctor of Divinity
  • Andrew Jackson Spears Thomas, Doctor of Divinity


  • Alfred Bagby, Doctor of Divinity
  • Oliver Wolcott Gibbs, Doctor of Laws
  • Samuel Harrison Greene, Doctor of Laws
  • Joseph Johnson Muir, Doctor of Divinity


  • James Albert Buck, Doctor of Divinity
  • George Hughes Hepworth, Doctor of Divinity
  • Robert Stuart MacArthur, Doctor of Laws
  • Adlai E. Stevenson, Doctor of Laws


  • Sarah Maria Burnham, Master of Arts
  • Otis Tufton Mason, Doctor of Laws
  • William Duncan Rice, Doctor of Divinity
  • Lester Frank Ward, Doctor of Laws


  • Frank Hagar Bigelow, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • John Bassett Moore, Doctor of Laws
  • Frank Wigglesworth Clarke, Doctor of Science


  • William I. McKenney, Doctor of Divinity
  • Richard Wainwright, Doctor of Laws


  • William Francis Mattingly, Doctor of Laws
  • Augustus Schultze, Doctor of Humane Letters


  • George Horton, Doctor of Letters
  • Benjamin Frank Keller, Doctor of Laws
  • Herbert Putnam, Doctor of Laws
  • Henry St. George Tucker, Doctor of Laws


  • Fabian Franklin, Doctor of Laws
  • William Bruce King, Master of Arts
  • John B. Larner, Doctor of Laws
  • Randolph Harrison McKim, Doctor of Laws
  • Francis Griffith Newlands, Doctor of Laws
  • Sanford H. Steele, Master of Laws
  • Alexander T. Stuart, Master of Arts
  • Albert Vander Veer, Doctor of Laws


  • Charles Hastings Dodd, Doctor of Divinity
  • Theodore P. Ion, Master of Laws


  • Oscar Terry Crosby, Doctor of Laws


  • Willis Seaver Paine, Doctor of Laws
  • Cornelius Rubner, Doctor of Music
  • William H. Santelmann, Doctor of Music
  • Frederick James Volney Skiff, Doctor of Laws


  • Alfred Harding, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Evans Hughes, Doctor of Laws
  • Ulysses Grant Baker Pierce, Doctor of Divinity
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Herbert Stockton, Doctor of Laws


  • Elmer Ellsworth Brown, Doctor of Laws
  • Francis Mackall Gunnell, Doctor of Laws
  • Leland Ossian Howard, Doctor of Medicine


  • Frances Edward Harrington, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Edward Munroe, Doctor of Laws
  • James Brown Scott, Doctor of Laws


  • Oscar Phelps Austin, Master of Arts
  • Alexander Graham Bell, Doctor of Laws
  • George Franklin Bowerman, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Edward Hugh Sothern, Doctor of Letters


  • Percival Hall, Doctor of Letters
  • Ernest L. Thurston, Master of Arts


  • Glenn Brown, Master of Arts
  • William Healey Dall, Doctor of Laws
  • Shepherd Ivory Franz, Doctor of Medicine
  • Otto Hilgard Tittman, Doctor of Laws


  • Henry William Oldknow Millington, Doctor of Divinity
  • Wendell Phillips Stafford, Doctor of Letters
  • David Watson Taylor, Doctor of Science


  • William Miller Collier, Doctor of Laws
  • Arthur Powell Davis, Doctor of Science
  • George Perkins Merrill, Doctor of Science
  • Theodore Williams Noyes, Doctor of Laws
  • Frederick Fuller Russell, Doctor of Science
  • Elmer Ernest Southard, Doctor of Science


  • Isabel Anderson, Doctor of Letters
  • Joseph Smith Auerbach, Doctor of Letters
  • Douglas Putnam Birnie, Doctor of Divinity
  • Theodore Willard Case, Master of Science
  • James Howard Gore, Doctor of Letters
  • John Fillmore Hayford, Doctor of Science
  • William Henry Holmes, Doctor of Science
  • Abram Lisner, Master of Arts
  • James Phinney Munroe, Doctor of Letters


  • King Albert of Belgium, Doctor of Laws
  • William A. Day, Doctor of Laws
  • Nicholas Douty, Doctor of Music
  • John Hays Hammond, Jr., Doctor of Science
  • George Neely Henning, Doctor of Letters
  • Otto Herman Kahn, Doctor of Laws
  • Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, Doctor of Letters
  • John Barton Payne, Doctor of Laws
  • Miles Poindexter, Doctor of Laws
  • Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, Doctor of Letters
  • James MacBride Sterrett, Doctor of Letters
  • Howard Sutherland, Doctor of Laws
  • John DuBois Teller, Doctor of Laws
  • George Carroll Todd, Doctor of Laws
  • James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Leonard Wood, Doctor of Laws


  • William Musgrave Calder, Doctor of Laws
  • Auckland Campbell Geddes, Doctor of Laws
  • Warren Gamaliel Harding, Doctor of Laws
  • Herbert Clark Hoover, Doctor of Laws
  • Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Doctor of Letters
  • Irvine Luther Lenroot, Doctor of Laws
  • Franklin MacVeagh, Doctor of Laws
  • Edward William Nelson, Doctor of Science
  • A. Mitchell Palmer, Doctor of Laws
  • John Joseph Pershing, Doctor of Laws
  • James Townsend Russell, Doctor of Divinity
  • Herbert Shipman, Doctor of Divinity


  • Eugene Clarence Aiken, Doctor of Laws
  • Clifford Kennedy Berryman, Master of Arts
  • Charles Henry Betts, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Mabel Thorpe Boardman, Doctor of Laws
  • Thomas Edwin Brown, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Melville Church, Doctor of Laws
  • Frederick Vernon Coville, Doctor of Science
  • Stephen Wallace Dempsey, Doctor of Laws
  • William Levering DeVries, Doctor of Divinity
  • Frederick Carlos Ferry, Doctor of Laws
  • Permeal Jane French, Master of Arts
  • Samuel Richard Fuller, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Howard Lincoln Hodgkins, Doctor of Science
  • Alanson Bigelow Houghton, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand, Doctor of Laws
  • Frances Parkinson Keyes, Doctor of Letters
  • Stephen Tyng Mather, Doctor of Laws
  • Beltran Mathieu, Doctor of Laws
  • Leila Mechlin, Master of Arts
  • North Overton Messenger, Master of Arts
  • Frank Wheeler Mondell, Doctor of Laws
  • George Higgins Moses, Doctor of Laws
  • Luther Wright Mott, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Hastings Nichols, Doctor of Divinity
  • James Southworth Parker, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Charles Wellman Parks, Doctor of Laws
  • Key Pittman, Doctor of Laws
  • John Garland Pollard, Doctor of Laws
  • Juan Riano y Gayangos, Doctor of Laws
  • V. Rolandi Ricci, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles William Richardson, Doctor of Science
  • Charles Alexander Richmond, Doctor of Laws
  • Arthur Charles Rounds, Doctor of Laws
  • George Dudley Seymour, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Bertrand Hollis Snell, Doctor of Laws
  • Julia Marlowe Sothern, Doctor of Letters
  • Frank Springer, Doctor of Science
  • George Sutherland, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Means Thompson, Doctor of Laws
  • Augustus Storrs Worthington, Doctor of Laws


  • Harold L. Amoss, Doctor of Science
  • Joannes Gennadius, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Helen Nicolay, Master of Arts
  • Wallace Radcliffe, Doctor of Divinity
  • Huston Thompson, Doctor of Laws


  • Charles Moore, Doctor of Laws
  • Mary R. Rinehart, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Harry Vanderbilt Wurdemann, Doctor of Science


  • Wilbur John Carr, Doctor of Laws
  • Alexander W. Gregg, Master of Arts
  • Edward J. Henning, Doctor of Laws
  • Frank Brett Noyes, Doctor of Laws
  • Michael Idvorsky Pupin, Doctor of Humane Letters


  • Lora Haines Cook, Doctor of Laws
  • John Clement Fitzpatrick, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Joseph Clark Grew, Doctor of Laws
  • Thomas Allen Groover, Doctor of Science
  • Esme Howard, Doctor of Laws
  • John Oliver LaGorce, Doctor of Letters


  • Samuel Paul Capen, Doctor of Science


  • Roscoe Pound, Doctor of Laws
  • David Allen Robertson, Doctor of Laws
  • William Fletcher Russell, Doctor of Laws
  • Harlan Fiske Stone, Doctor of Laws


  • Calvin Coolidge, Doctor of Laws
  • Grace Goodhue Coolidge, Doctor of Laws
  • Sir James Ramsey MacDonald, Doctor of Laws
  • Pascual Ortiz Rubio


  • Lotus Delta Coffman, Doctor of Science in Education
  • Harrison Howell Dodge, Doctor of Laws


  • William Cline Borden, Doctor of Science
  • William John Cooper, Doctor of Science in Education
  • King Prajadhipok of Siam, Doctor of Laws
  • William Allen Wilbur, Doctor of Laws


  • Ray Smith Bassler, Doctor of Science
  • Union Noble Bethell, Doctor of Laws
  • Philander Betts, 3d, Doctor of Engineering
  • Alan Mason Chesney, Doctor of Science
  • Walter Collins Clephane, Doctor of Laws
  • George Bruce Cortelyou, Doctor of Laws
  • Fred Morris Dearing, Doctor of Laws
  • John Howard Dellinger, Doctor of Science
  • Jessie Fant Evans, Doctor of Education
  • Frederick Parker Gay, Doctor of Science
  • Daniel O. Hastings, Doctor of Laws
  • Adolph August Hoehling, Doctor of Laws
  • Patrick Jay Hurley, Doctor of Laws
  • Nelson Trusler Johnson, Doctor of Laws
  • Hans Kindler, Doctor of Music
  • Stephen Elliott Kramer, Doctor of Education
  • Alvan MacAuley, Doctor of Laws
  • David Albert Molitor, Doctor of Engineering
  • Charles Napoleon Moore, Doctor of Science
  • Luther Halsey Reichelderfer, Doctor of Laws
  • Joseph Fels Ritt, Doctor of Science
  • George Canby Robinson, Doctor of Science
  • Sterling Ruffin, Doctor of Science
  • Daniel Kerfoot Shute, Doctor of Science
  • Will Carson Ryan, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Albert Norman Ward, Doctor of Laws
  • Alexander Wetmore, Doctor of Science


  • James Edward Freeman, Doctor of Civil Law


  • Cordell Hull, Doctor of Laws
  • Harold Glenn Moulton, Doctor of Laws
  • John Lloyd Newcomb, Doctor of Laws
  • Arthur Cutts Willard, Doctor of Laws


  • Ulric Bell, Doctor of Laws
  • David Ransom Covell, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Jesse Frederick Essary, Doctor of Laws
  • Jay G. Hayden, Doctor of Laws
  • John Edgar Hoover, Doctor of Laws
  • Walter Lippmann, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Griffith Ross, Doctor of Laws
  • Carr V. Van Anda, Doctor of Laws
  • Theodore Clifford Wallen, Doctor of Laws
  • Hannah Knapp Wilbur, Master of Arts


  • John Henry Cowles, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Wendell Holmes, Doctor of Laws
  • Joseph Richard Sizoo, Doctor of Humane Letters


  • Charles Greeley Abbott, Doctor of Science
  • Paul Bartsch, Doctor of Science
  • William Bowie, Doctor of Science
  • Lyman James Briggs, Doctor of Science
  • Edward Ellery, Doctor of Laws
  • Helen Taft Manning, Doctor of Laws
  • John Campbell Merriam, Doctor of Laws
  • Elizabeth Peet, Doctor of Pedagogy
  • George Braxton Pegram, Doctor of Science
  • Hattie Maria Strong, Doctor of Laws
  • William Alanson White, Doctor of Laws


  • Frank Pierrepont Graves, Doctor of Laws
  • Theodore Henley Jack, Doctor of Letters
  • William Allison Shimer, Doctor of Laws


  • Oswaldo Aranha, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Vedder Fleming, Doctor of Laws
  • Francis Randall Hagner, Doctor of Science
  • Dan LaCour, Doctor of Science
  • William Carl Ruediger, Doctor of Education
  • Lewis Harvie Taylor, Master of Science in Administration
  • Harold St. John Winterbotham, Doctor of Science


  • Felix M. Morley, Doctor of Letters


  • Colon Eloy Alfaro, Doctor of Laws
  • Carlos Alberto Arroyo del Rio - President of Ecuador, Doctor of Laws
  • Hector David Castro, Doctor of Laws
  • Ross T. McIntire, Doctor of Science
  • Francisco Castillo Najera, Doctor of Laws
  • William Tyler Page, Doctor of Laws
  • Adrian Recinos, Doctor of Laws
  • Edwin Martin Watson, Doctor of Laws


  • Frank Washington Ballou, Doctor of Laws


  • Augustus Vincent Tack, Doctor of Fine Arts


  • Charles Hook Tompkins, Doctor of Engineering
  • President Harry S. Truman, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Stanley White, Doctor of Science


  • John Wesley Snyder (Secretary of the Treasury), Doctor of Laws


  • Walter Andrew Bloedorn, Doctor of Science
  • Henry Grattan Doyle, Doctor of Laws
  • Philip Bracken Fleming, Doctor of Civil Laws
  • Elmer Louis Kayser, Doctor of Laws
  • William Cabell Van Vleck, Doctor of Laws


  • Henry Parsons Erwin, Doctor of Science
  • Charles Carroll Glover, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Gilbert Grosvenor, Doctor of Science
  • Walter Rupert Tuckerman, Doctor of Laws


  • Syngman Rhee, Doctor of Laws


  • Luis Batlle Berres, Doctor of Laws


  • Clarence Aiken Aspinwall, Doctor of Laws
  • Leonard Carmichael, Doctor of Science
  • Ulysses S. Grant, III, Doctor of Laws
  • Bumpei Kure, Doctor of Laws
  • Alfred Henry Lawson, Doctor of Laws


  • Robert Whitney Bolwell, Doctor of Letters
  • Newell Windom Ellison, Doctor of Laws
  • Philbrick McCoy, Doctor of Laws
  • King Mohamed V of Morocco, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Clement Watson, Doctor of Laws


  • Allen Varley Astin, Doctor of Science
  • Walter Maximillian Bastian, Doctor of Laws
  • Daniel LeRay Borden, Doctor of Science
  • Wilber Marion Brucker, Doctor of Laws
  • Dorothy Betts Marvin, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Benjamin Mosby McKelway, Doctor of Literature
  • Wilhelm Morgenstierne, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Daniel Murphy, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Sylvanus Rhyne, Doctor of Civil Laws Margaret Chase Smith, Doctor of Laws
  • Louis Booker Wright, Doctor of Laws


  • Harold Jefferson Coolidge, Doctor of Science
  • Watson Davis, Doctor of Science
  • Allen Welsh Dulles, Doctor of Laws
  • James William Fulbright, Doctor of Laws
  • Melville Bell Grosvenor, Doctor of Laws
  • Cloyd Heck Marvin, Doctor Honoris Causa The George Washington University


  • James Plemon Coleman, Doctor of Laws
  • David Edward Finley, Doctor of Laws
  • The Right Honorable Viscount Kilmuir P.C., G.C.V.O., Doctor of Laws
  • Fred Korth, Doctor of Laws
  • Jeremiah Milbank, Doctor of Laws
  • Winfred Overholser, Doctor of Laws
  • John Daniel Randall, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Eben Smylie, Doctor of Laws
  • Edward Teller, Doctor of Science


  • Galloway Calhoun, Doctor of Laws
  • Oswald Symister Colclough, Doctor of Science
  • Frank Atherton Howard, Doctor of Science
  • Mary Howe, Doctor of Music
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Doctor of Laws
  • Agnes Ernst Meyer, Doctor of Social Science
  • George Romney, Doctor of Commercial Science
  • Luther Andrew Smith, Doctor of Laws
  • James Edwin Webb, Doctor of Laws


  • Robert DeBlois Calkins, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert Rowe Gilruth, Doctor of Science
  • Robert Strange McNamara, Doctor of Public Service
  • Marjorie Hope Nicolson, Doctor of Letters
  • Glenn Theodore Seaborg, Doctor of Public Service
  • Eugene Martin Zuckert, Doctor of Laws


  • Edith Koon Carr, Doctor of Laws
  • William Chapman Foster, Doctor of Public Service
  • Sheldon Glueck, Doctor of Social Science
  • Caryl Parker Haskins, Doctor of Science
  • James Gilmer McManaway, Doctor of Humane Letters


  • Edward Bernard Bunn, S.J., Doctor of Literature
  • Dwight David Eisenhower, Doctor of Public Service
  • Levi Fox, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Clark Kerr, Doctor of Public Service
  • John William McCormack, Doctor of Public Service
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller, Doctor of Public Service
  • Charles Bates Thornton, Doctor of Commercial Science
  • Benjamin Coppage Willis, Doctor of Pubic Service


  • Willard J. Graham, Doctor of Laws
  • Daniel Jeremiah Haughton, Doctor of Laws
  • David Matthew Kennedy, Doctor of Laws
  • Dean Rusk, Doctor of Laws


  • John Carsten Harper, Doctor of Divinity
  • Sidney Dillon Ripley, II, Doctor of Science
  • Leo Dewey Welch, Doctor of Laws


  • Edward William Brooke, Doctor of Laws
  • Tom C. Clark, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Brenton Huggins, Doctor of Public Service
  • Thomas Victor Jones, Doctor of Laws
  • Lyman Louis Lemnitzer, Doctor of Laws
  • Wilbur Daigh Mills, Doctor of Laws
  • Walter George Ross, Doctor of Laws


  • Kingman Brewster, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Jacob Wilbur Enrlich, Doctor of Laws
  • Helmut Anthony Hatzfeld, Doctor of Letters
  • George Winchester Stone, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Vincent Du Vigneaud, Doctor of Science


  • Marshall Clagett, Doctor of Laws
  • Gertrude Belle Elion, Doctor of Science
  • Roger Warren Jones, Doctor of Public Service
  • Charles Martin, Doctor of Letters
  • Edmund Sixtus Muskie, Doctor of Public Service
  • Earl Warren, Doctor of Public Service
  • Sterry Robinson Waterman, Doctor of Laws


  • Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Doctor of Laws
  • Jacob Burns, Doctor of Laws
  • Henry White Edgerton, Doctor of Laws
  • Gordon Arthur Friesen, Doctor of Laws
  • Severo Ochoa, Doctor of Science
  • Jayne Baker Spain, Doctor of Public Service
  • Charles Cecil Wall, Doctor of Laws
  • Walter Edward Washington, Doctor of Laws


  • Julius Axelrod, Doctor of Laws
  • Benjamin Joseph Henley, Doctor of Public Service
  • Charles Stewart McKenzie, Doctor of Divinity
  • Ewald Berger Nyquist, Doctor of Public Service
  • Elmer Boyd Staats, Doctor of Public Service


  • Samuel James Ervin, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Eugene G. Fubini, Doctor of Science
  • Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Doctor of Science
  • Paul Grant Rogers, Doctor of Laws
  • Abram Leon Sachar, Doctor of Laws
  • Robert W. Sarnoff, Doctor of Laws
  • Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, Doctor of Laws
  • Harold Alden Wheeler, Doctor of Science


  • Arthur Frank Burns, Doctor of Laws
  • Edgar Maurice Cortright, Doctor of Science
  • Philip Handler, Doctor of Science
  • Nancy Hanks, Doctor of Humanities
  • John Rusten Hogness, Doctor of Laws
  • Edward Karrick Morris, Doctor of Public Service
  • Saul Chesterfield Oppenheim, Doctor of Laws
  • Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss, Doctor of Humanities


  • Ronald Stanley Berman, Doctor of Humanities
  • Albert Bruce Sabin, Doctor of Laws
  • Shah of Iran, Doctor of Public Service


  • Renah F. Camalier, Doctor of Public Service
  • Margaret Truman Daniel, Doctor of Letters
  • Antal Dorati, Doctor of Humanities
  • Zelda Fichandler, Doctor of Humanities
  • Robert C. Seamans, Jr., Doctor of Public Service
  • Catherine Filene Shouse, Doctor of Humanities
  • Joseph John Sisco, Doctor of Public Service


  • Dr. Louis Block, Doctor of Public Service
  • Dr. Theodore Cooper, Doctor of Science
  • Mark O. Hatfield, Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Johnston Hitch, Doctor of Laws
  • David Lloyd Kreeger, Doctor of Laws


  • Warren Bennis, Doctor of Laws
  • Dr. Bernard M. W. Knox, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • James Arthur Robinson, Doctor Of Public Service


  • John Carter Brown, Doctor of Letters
  • Donald Payne Hearth, Doctor of Science
  • Henry William Herzog, Doctor of Laws
  • Franz Joseph Ingelfinger, Doctor of Laws
  • Neville Kanakaratne, Doctor of Laws
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, Doctor of Humanities
  • John Johnston Wilson, Doctor of Laws


  • Lisle Carleton Carter, Doctor of Laws
  • Frederick Gutheim, Doctor of Public Service
  • Lee A. Iacocca, Doctor of Public Service
  • Wade H. McCree, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Charles Emory Phillips, Doctor of Laws
  • Laura Emily Phillips, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Charles Emil Smith, Doctor of Public Service
  • Fernando Belaunde Terry, Doctor of Public Service


  • Ethel David Bloedorn, Doctor of Humanities
  • Richard Wayne Dirksen, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Edward Freeland Howrey, Doctor of Laws
  • Irving Kristol, Doctor of Public Service
  • Carl Thomas Rowan, Doctor of Laws


  • Warren Earl Burger, Doctor of Laws
  • Grace Murray Hopper, Doctor of Public Service
  • Charles McCurdy Mathias, Jr., Doctor of Public Service
  • Elliott Lee Richardson, Doctor of Public Service
  • Theodore Rinehart, Doctor of Laws
  • Rafael Montinola Salas, Doctor of Public Service
  • H. Guyford Stever, Doctor of Public Service


  • Norman Cousins, Doctor of Laws
  • William Howard Gass, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • John Willard Marriott, Jr., Doctor of Public Service
  • Robert Sargent Shriver, Doctor of Public Service
  • Chung Ju Yung, Doctor of Public Service


  • Terrel Howard Bell, Doctor of Public Service
  • John A. D. Cooper, Doctor of Public Service
  • Harry F. Duncan, Doctor of Public Service
  • Gilbert Melville Grosvenor, Doctor of Public Service
  • Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil, Doctor of Public Service
  • Peter G. Peterson, Doctor of Public Service
  • Alice Mitchell Rivlin, Doctor of Public Service
  • Patricia McGowan Wald, Doctor of Laws


  • Seymour Alpert, M.D., Doctor of Laws
  • Franz Bader, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Jessie Bernard, Doctor of Humanities
  • Henry Gabriel Cisneros, Doctor of Laws
  • Silvio Ottavio Conte, Doctor of Laws
  • Vincent Theodore DeVita, Jr., M.D., Doctor of Science
  • Mary Hatwood Futrell, Doctor of Public Service
  • George Stanley McGovern, Doctor of Laws
  • Paul Culliton Warnke, Doctor of Laws


  • Andrew Barr, Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa
  • Stephen Scott Bell, Doctor of Laws
  • William John Bennett, Doctor of Humanities
  • Erich Bloch, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Arpad Bogsch, Doctor of Laws
  • Lawrence Arthur Cremin, Doctor of Humanities
  • Mircea Eliade, Doctor of Letters
  • Donald S. Frederickson, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Harold Herman Greene, Doctor of Laws
  • Victor Kermit Kiam II, Doctor of Laws
  • John Willard Marriott, Doctor of Public Service
  • Charles Z. Wick, Doctor of Laws
  • Daniel Yankelovich, Doctor of Public Service


  • Arthur Edward Buss, Doctor of Public Service
  • Sissela Myrdal Bok, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • William Hodding Carter III, Doctor of Public Service
  • W. Edwards Deming, Doctor of Public Service
  • Lawrence Sidney Eagleburger, Doctor of Laws
  • Phyllis Franklin, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Benjamin Thurman Hacker, Doctor of Education, honoris causa
  • Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, Doctor of Public Service
  • Alvin Eli Nashman, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Charles Spittal Robb, Doctor of Laws
  • James Barnes Wyngaarden, Doctor of Science, honoris causa


  • Harry Lee Carrico, Doctor of Laws
  • Natalie Zemon Davis, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • John Francis Latimer, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Robert William Packwood, Doctor of Public Service
  • Richard Herman Petersen, Doctor of Public Service
  • Wayne David Rasmussen, Doctor of Letters
  • Charles Bass Reed, Doctor of Public Service
  • Rozanne LeJeanne Ridgway, Doctor of Laws
  • Jacob Arthur Stein, Doctor of Laws
  • Jonathan Yardley, Doctor of Humane Letters


  • Lord Asa Briggs, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • William James Crowe, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • John Bonner Duncan, Doctor of Public Service
  • Hermann August Grunder, Doctor of Public Service
  • Kaval Gulhati, Doctor of Public Service
  • Woo-Choong Kim, Doctor of Public Service
  • George Walter Landau, Doctor of Public Service
  • T. Boone Pickens, Jr., Doctor of Public Service
  • Bassam Zekin Shakhashiri, Doctor of Public Service
  • Samuel Osiah Thier, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Morris King Udall, Doctor of Laws


  • Lauro Fred Cavazos, Doctor of Public Service
  • Adelaide McGuinn Cromwell, Doctor of Humanities
  • Lloyd Hartman Elliott, Doctor of Laws
  • Sandra Cavanaugh Holley, Doctor of Public Service
  • Edward Franklin Mitchell, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Giles Sutherland Rich, Doctor of Laws
  • Brent Scowcroft, Doctor of Laws
  • Louis Wade Sullivan, Doctor of Public Service
  • Dick Thornburgh, Doctor of Laws
  • Roh Tae Woo, Doctor of Laws


  • James Hadley Billington, Doctor of Public Service
  • Lynne Ann Cheney, Doctor of Public Service
  • Leighton Eggertson Cluff, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Yuri Vladimirovich Dubinin, Doctor of Public Service
  • Talbot Shelton Huff, Jr., Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • George John Mitchell, Doctor of Public Service
  • Clairborne deBorda Pell, Doctor of Humanities
  • Colin Luther Powell, Doctor of Public Service
  • Lawrence Douglas Wilder, Doctor of Laws


  • James Scott Brady, Doctor of Public Service
  • Sarah Kemp Brady, Doctor of Public Service
  • Paula Pimlott Brownlee, Doctor of Public Service
  • Roland K. Bullard, Doctor of Public Service
  • Sharon Pratt Dixon, Doctor of Laws
  • Peter Drucker, Doctor of Public Service by Satellite
  • Dante B. Fascell, Doctor of Public Service
  • Ella Fitzgerald, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • The Reverend Doctor Theodore Martin Hesburgh, Doctor of Public Service
  • Michael Kammen, Doctor of Letters
  • C. Everett Koop, Doctor of Public Service
  • Delano E. Lewis, Doctor of Public Service
  • Claude Moore, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Ronald Reagan, Doctor of Public Service
  • Stephen J. Solarz, Doctor of Public Service
  • John Rogers Stafford, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
  • John Austin White, Jr., Doctor of Science, honoris causa


  • William P. Barr, Doctor of Laws
  • Christopher F. Edley, Doctor of Public Service
  • Helen Frankenthaler, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Samuel David A. Kessler, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Robert C. Maynard, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Arno A. Penzias, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Kenneth F. Ripple, Doctor of Laws
  • Maxine F. Singer, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Knox Skinner, Doctor of Public Service
  • John A. Wilson, Doctor of Public Service


  • Arnold J. ("Red") Auerbach, Doctor of Public Service
  • Claire Bloom, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa
  • Charles A. Bowsher, Doctor of Public Service
  • Mona Van Duyn, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Bernadine P. Healy, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Harden Marsden McConnell, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Bernard W. Nussbaum, Doctor of Laws
  • William James Raspberry, Doctor of Public Service
  • Philip Roth, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Donna Edna Shalala, Doctor of Public Service
  • Isaac Stern, Doctor of Music, honoris causa


  • William J. Brennan, Jr., Doctor of Laws
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Doctor of Public Service
  • Roderic Hollett Davison, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Elizabeth Drew, Doctor of Letters
  • M. Joycelyn Elders, Doctor of Public Service
  • John Hope Franklin, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Joyce Hens Green, Doctor of Laws
  • Thaddeus Alphonse Lindner, Doctor of Public Service
  • Robert George Petersdorf, Doctor of Science, honoris causa


  • Elizabeth Dole, Doctor of Public Service
  • Abba Eban, Doctor of Humanities
  • Thomas S. Foley, Doctor of Laws
  • Hugh B. Price, Doctor of Laws
  • Helen Thomas, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Jordan Cohen, Jr., Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Harry A. Blackmun, Doctor of Laws
  • Everett H. Bellows, Doctor of Humane Letters
  • Larry King, Doctor of Letters
  • Martina Navratilova, Doctor of Public Service


  • Francis S. Collins, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Marian Wright Edelman, Doctor of Public Service
  • Wassily Leontief, Doctor of Social Science
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa
  • Hugh B. Price, Doctor of Laws
  • Yitzhak Rabin, Doctor of Public Service
  • William H. Rehnquist, Doctor of Laws
  • Helen H. Vendler, Doctor of Letters


  • Elizabeth P. Campbell, Doctor of Public Service
  • Bernard Cohen, Doctor of Science
  • Lazlo N. Tauber, Doctor of Public Service
  • William H. Cosby, Jr., Doctor of Humanities


  • Harolyn Blackwell, Doctor of Music
  • Andrew F. Brimmer, Doctor of Public Service
  • Oliver T. Carr, Jr., Doctor of Public Service
  • Gertrude Himmelfarb, Doctor of Letters
  • Allan B. Weingold, Doctor of Science
  • Robert J. Dole, Doctor of Public Service


  • Desmond M. Tutu, Doctor of Public Service
  • Esther Dyson, Doctor of Public Service
  • Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee, Doctor of Public Service
  • Arthur Levitt, Doctor of Public Service
  • Anthony A. Williams, Doctor of Laws


  • Sir Martin Gilbert, Doctor of Letters
  • John Lewis, Doctor of Public Service
  • James D. Wolfensohn, Doctor of Public Service
  • Madeleine Korbel Albright, Doctor of Laws


  • Tony Bennett, Doctor of Music
  • Rita Rossi Colwell, Doctor of Science
  • Charlene Drew Jarvis, Doctor of Public Service
  • H.R. Shephard, Doctor of Science
  • Leonard Slatkin, Doctor of Music
  • John R. Tydings, Doctor of Public Service


  • Darrell Green, Doctor of Public Service
  • Jim Hall, Doctor of Public Service
  • Lois Green Schwoerer, Doctor of Letters
  • John D. Zeglis, Doctor of Laws
  • Ruth J. Simmons, Doctor of Humanities


  • Mark Warner, Doctor of Public Service
  • Jean Carnahan, Doctor of Public Service
  • Billy Taylor, Doctor of Music
  • Sheldon S. Cohen, Doctor of Laws
  • Madeleine Jacobs, Doctor of Science
  • Sandra Day O’Connor, Doctor of Laws


  • Luther W. Brady, Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Leon M. Lederman, Doctor of Public Service
  • Gail Kern Paster, Doctor of Letters
  • Gen. John Shalikashvili, Doctor of Public Service


  • Mildred S. Dresselhau, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
  • Alberto Ibarguen, Doctor of Letters
  • Andy Rooney, Doctor of Public Service
  • Philip K. Russell, Doctor of Public Service


  • Barbara Pierce Bush, Doctor of Public Service
  • President George H.W. Bush, Doctor of Public Service
  • Sumner M. Redstone, Doctor of Arts
  • Frank Robinson, Doctor of Public Service
  • Dan Glickman, Doctor of Laws

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Date Added to Encyclopedia: December 21, 2006
Prepared by: G. David Anderson

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