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Former Dodgers GM To Receive Honorary Doctorate

Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager and vice president Fred Claire is slated to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Whittier College at their commencement on May 9.

Claire, who attended El Camino College and San Jose State University for college, will earn this honorary doctorate from Whittier after previously working as a sports editor and writer for the Whittier Daily News during the 1950s and 1960s.

“I’m deeply honored to receive this recognition. My first position after being graduated from San Jose State College in 1957 was with the Whittier Daily News and this seems to be full circle and could not have been completed without the help and inspiration of so many people.”

— Fred Claire, via his LinkedIn page

Claire began his career as a journalist before going on to take on a role in the Dodgers PR department. He worked his way up to a vice president role in their PR department, helping create the branding behind “Dodger Blue.”

Claire finished his career in the Dodgers’ organization as the team’s general manager from 1987-98, overseeing the team’s 1988 World Series run that was not replicated until 2020. He was also instrumental in expanding the Dodgers’ international footprint, signing Asian stars Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park.

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Eva Geitheim

Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.

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