La Russa, 5 others to get honorary WashU degrees

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 7:21 a.m. CDT; updated 5:08 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa can count on a doctorate from Washington University in return for delivering the May 16 commencement speech.

The three-time World Series winner is one of six honorary degree recipients. The honorees also include St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson; Kansas City civic leader Henry W. Bloch, co-founder of the H&R Block financial services firm; and animal behavior scientist Temple Grandin of Colorado State University.

The private university will also award honorary doctorates to former Wellesley College president Diana Chapman Walsh and Vivian Pinn, a retired senior scientist with the National Institutes for Health.

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