Education: Winston Churchill, LLD.

This week Winston Churchill got an honorary doctorate of laws in absentia from the University of Rochester, his first degree from a U.S. university. The reason the Prime Minister permitted Rochester to stage the kudos scoop of the year was that his mother, born Jennie Jerome, was a native of Rochester. But by a strange paradox, Mr. Churchill accepted the degree from a Quaker who for two years has fought to prevent the U.S. from joining Britain in the war and is a good friend of arch-isolationist Charles Lindbergh—Rochester's President Alan Valentine.

Smart, young (40) Alan Valentine, a Rhodes scholar, was accused...