14 to Receive Honorary Degrees

Novelist Susan Sontag, Duke University President-designate Nannerl O. Keohane and culinary giant Julia M. Child are among 14 scholars, artists and educators who will receive honorary degrees at Commencement today.

Other honorary degrees will go to:

* Commencement speaker Gen. Colin L. Powell, the chair of the joint chiefs of staff (See profile, column six).

* Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin '34.

* Chair of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and former Johnson & Johnson CEO James E. Burke.

* Total quality management pioneer W. Edwards Deming.

* Hebrew University of Jersualem professor Shmuel N. Eisenstadt.

* Albert Eschenmoser, professor of organic chemistry at the Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland.

* Loeb University Professor Emeritus Oscar Handlin.

* New York City high school principal Deborah W. Meier.

* Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, director of the genetics division of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Entwicklungsbiologie in Tubingen, Germany.

* Sitar music performer and composer Ravi Shankar.

* Nobel prize-winning Nigerian writer Oluwole A. Soyinka.

For the third consecutive year, the number of honoraries degrees given by the University has grown. Last year, 11 degrees were given. In 1991, Harvard awarded nine lumi- ,A-3naries with special diplomas.

Most of the honorands arrived in Cambridge this week. They stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston and dined last night in Memorial Hall on grilled tuna with a savory carrot puree and fresh asparagus.