It may sound counterintuitive to hail an electronic print directory of works of visual art, but the debut of the Harvard University Art Museums' "Collections Online" makes available a searchable database of 62,000 of the more than 150,000 objects in the overall collections. The information, searchable by artist or title, provides basic data on each item, opening the physical resources of the museums to scholarly inquiry or public scrutiny worldwide. In time, the index is intended to become comprehensive, and the plan is to add images, too (you can limit your search to files already containing them). Access to the index is through www.artmuseums.harvard.edu; click on "Collections Online" when you arrive at the home page.
If you aregasp!middle-aged, http://midmac.med.harvard.edu is the place for you: the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development. You will find a worldwide research group of 13 scholars who are curious about the biological and psychological characteristics of midlife, generously defined as 30 to 70 years old, "with 40 to 60 at its core." And you won't be alone: at this writing, 45,000-plus visitors had preceded you to the site.
If you are navigating life's other challenges, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, at the School of Public Health, offers an on-line "Risk Quiz" so you can calculate your annual chances of dying from heart disease, cancer, accidents, alcohol, murder, bicycling, et cetera. The news, for good or ill, is at your fingertips at www.hcra.harvard.edu.
Friends and admirers of John Usher Munro '34, L.H.D. '67, former dean of Harvard College, who died on March 29, include Harvard veterans of World War II; colleagues in efforts to make financial aid more effective; students in Harvard College and in his writing courses in Harvard Extension; and civil-rights activists. A memorial service in his honor will be held in the Memorial Church on Sunday, October 6, at 3 p.m.
Save the Date
The Harvard Internet and Society Conference on November 15-16, 2002, will bring Harvard's president and provost together with faculty, administrators, students, staff, and alumni to explore the University's emerging digital identity: What is the promise, the challenge, the opportunity, presented by the Internet, digital media, and information technology in the academic environment? For more information, visit the conference website: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/I&S2002.
Oldest Alumni, Updated
Due to a procedural oversight in determining the oldest College alumni, the name of William Warren Smith '23, 101, of Ogunquit, Maine, was unfortunately omitted from the list supplied for our July-August issue. We thank Stephen W. Smith '61 for alerting us to his father's absence. (Warren Smith died on July 30, as this issue was going to press. An obituary will appear in the next issue.)
The HAA awards were established in 1990 to recognize alumni volunteers who have ably served Harvard through alumni activities. These six recipients will be honored on October 10 during the HAA directors' fall meeting.
Tefft Barker '37, J.D. '40, of Sarasota, Fla., was president of the Harvard Club of Syracuse, N.Y., three times, and chaired its schools and scholarships committee for more than 40 years (see below). In the 1990s, he served as vice president and treasurer of the Harvard Club of Sarasota, and now chairs its scholarship committee. He has also been a member of the Harvard Varsity Club since 1984.
A'Lelia Bundles '74, of Alexandria, Va., served as president of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association in the late 1990s. She has also been a member of the Board of Management, a Radcliffe trustee, and an HAA appointed director. She served on the presidential committee that selected the first dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and is now a member of the dean's advisory committee. And she is the secretary for her Radcliffe class.
Leslie Greis '80, of Cambridge, has chaired the HAA's Chief Marshal Selection Committee, served on the Harvard Club of Boston's governing board, and been a member of the University's Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. A class marshal, she is now chair of the HAA's Happy Observance of Commencement Committee. For her achievements in womens' golf, Greis has been inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
|Kenneth R. Rossano|
Kenneth R. Rossano '56, of Wellesley, Mass., was chief marshal for his twenty-fifth reunion and received the Albert H. Gordon '23 Award in 1999. He has held various posts at the Harvard Club of Boston, interviews for its schools and scholarships committee, and is also his class's associate chair for the Harvard College Fund. A longtime class secretary, he has served as president of the Harvard College Class Secretaries Association.
|Robert Storer Jr.|
Robert Storer Jr. '45, of Beverly Farms, Mass., has been secretary of his class since 1948. He chaired his fiftieth class reunion, edited the twenty-fifth anniversary class report, and has organized monthly class luncheons for 47 years. Active on several HAA committees, he has also been an appointed HAA director.
Sally Williams-Allen, M.A.T. '65, of Paris, served as the Harvard Club of France's secretary general for five years before becoming the club president in 1993. She is also a career adviser for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, serves as the HAA's co-regional director for Europe, and is chair of the International Subcommittee of the HAA's Graduate Schools Committee.
The HAA Alumni Awards Committee seeks suggestions for worthy recipients for next year's HAA Awards and Harvard Medals. Please send nominations to committee chair Chuck Wiggin '68, J.D.-M.B.A. '73, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138.
The Hiram S. Hunn Memorial Schools and Scholarships Award recognizes alumni for service on local Harvard College schools and scholarships committees. The award commemorates Hiram S. Hunn '21, who recruited and interviewed students in Iowa and Vermont for more than 50 years. This year's honorees represent, collectively, 185 years of service.
Tefft Barker '37, J.D. '40, of Sarasota, Fla., has served on schools and scholarships committees for more than 60 years. He is also receiving an HAA Award this year (see above).
|John A. Baruch|
John A. Baruch '50, of Morristown, N.J., president of the Harvard Club of New Jersey in 1974-75, has spent 42 years serving the admissions office as an interviewer throughout his state.
Carolyn Hughes '54, of Oceanside, N.Y., has covered Long Island as a committee chair for the admissions office since 1969. She is also a former vice president and president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Long Island.
|Emilie de Brigard|
Emilie de Brigard '64, of Higganum, Conn., a 24-year veteran of the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut's schools and scholarships committee, oversees interviews with about 250 applicants a year.
|Thomas G. Curtain|
Thomas G. Curtin '66, of Concord, Mass., relinquished his post as the Harvard Club of Concord's committee chair last year after serving the admissions office for nearly three decades.