- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. is getting honors from Tulane University.

He is one of four people receiving honorary degrees from the school in May.

The musician and actor used his celebrity to draw attention to the rebuilding effort in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Connick co-founded the Musicians Village to help provide housing for musicians in the city.

Also being honored: Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who shared in a 2008 Nobel Prize for the discovery of HIV; architect William McDonough, who’s working with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project to rebuild housing in the Lower 9th Ward; and health care advocate Jessie Gruman.

Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker says he expects all four to attend the May 16 commencement.



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