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News from the HAA

July-August 2003

Harvard Medalists

Three alumni received the Harvard Medal and were publicly honored for their extraordinary service by President Lawrence H. Summers at the Harvard Alumni Association's annual meeting on June 5.

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Robert J. Glaser L.Fred Jewett Franklin D. Raines
Photographs by Jim Harrison

For Robert J. Glaser, S.B. '40, M.D. '43, a former professor at Harvard Medical School, former dean of the Stanford and University of Colorado medical schools, and since then a foundation executive active in medical philanthropy—Loyal son of Harvard and visionary scientist, your learned leadership has greatly strengthened the health and life of this University, ensuring a firm foundation for future generations.

For L. Fred Jewett, A.B. '57, M.B.A. '60, dean of admissions and financial aid from 1972 to 1984 and dean of Harvard College from 1985 to 1995—From Byerly Hall to Harvard Yard, from admissions to athletics, from Massachusetts to Maine and back again, you continue to shape the journey of Harvard students from all walks of life as a wise counselor, advisor, and friend.

For Franklin D. Raines, A.B. '71, J.D. '76, chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae, the world's largest nonbank financial services company—Past president of the Board of Overseers, elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and chief marshal of the class of 1971, you serve with energetic commitment and conviction in pursuit of the public interest, keeping Harvard's promise alive in our community and in our world.

 

Election Results

The members of the Harvard Board of Overseers have elected C. Dixon ("Dick") Spangler Jr., M.B.A. '56, of Charlotte, North Carolina, their new president. He succeeds Thomas S. Williamson Jr. '68. This year, 31,875 alumni, a 15.1 turnout, voted in the annual election of Overseers and elected directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. The results were announced at the HAA's annual meeting in Tercentenary Theatre on June 5.

Elected to the Board of Overseers for six-year terms were:

Michael F. Cronin '75, M.B.A. '77. Weston, Mass. Managing partner, Weston Presidio Capital.

Roger W. Ferguson Jr. '73, J.D. '77, Ph.D '81. Washington, D.C. Vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Merrick B. Garland '74, J.D. '77. Washington, D.C. Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Joan Argetsinger Steitz, Ph.D '67. Branford, Conn. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Sterling professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Yale.

Leah Zell Wanger '71, Ph.D '79. Chicago. Lead portfolio manager, Acorn International Fund; head of International Equities, Liberty Wanger Asset Fund.

Pauline R. Yu '70. Pacific Palisades, Calif. Dean of humanities and professor of East Asia languages and cultures, UCLA.

The newest HAA Directors, elected for three-year terms, were:

Alexander L. Aldrich '80. Montpelier, Vt. Executive director, Vermont Arts Council.

Thomas H. Castro '76. Houston. President, El Dorado Communications Inc.

Susan Fales-Hill '84. New York City. Writer, television producer.

Marilyn J. Holifield, J.D. '72. Miami. Attorney and partner, Holland & Knight LLP.

Alan A. Khazei '83, J.D. '87. Boston. CEO, City Year Inc.

Andrea C. Silbert '86, M.B.A.-M.P.A. '92. West Harwich, Mass. Executive director, Center for Women & Enterprise.

   

Giving, Harvard-wide

Robert G. Stone
Photograph by Jim Harrison

He may have retired from the Harvard Corporation, but Robert G. Stone Jr. '45, L.H.D. '03, remains chairman of the Committee on University Resources and again reported on annual contributions at the HAA's yearly meeting. Despite difficult economic times, he said, donations to Harvard were running nearly 15 percent ahead of last year—"a gratifying vote of confidence"—and nearly 29,000 alumni had participated.

Stone emphasized the new policy granting class credit for gifts across the University—"helping the president make the University work as a whole"—by highlighting the gifts of Katharine Merck and Albert Merck '43 to the School of Education (GSE) and Faculty of Arts and Sciences; of Denie Sandison Weil '54 and Frank Weil '53, J.D. '56, to the Kennedy School; and of the Harvard Business School class of 1963 to a joint HBS-GSE initiative. The Mercks' gift, he noted, helped propel the College's sixtieth-reunion class to the largest reunion donation of the year: $20.6 million, surpassing the twenty-fifth reunioners' $13.8 million and the fiftieth reunioners' $18 million plus.

Stone thanked the Harvard College Parents Fund for setting a record with a $2.6 million gift. And he praised this year's impressive participation rates: the graduating seniors set a record of 72 percent, raising $32,319; the class of 1938 set a sixty-fifth-reunion record of 88.2 percent, raising $2.1 million; and the class of 1968, with 852 individual donors—the largest number this year—raised $13.8 million. "Harvard cannot make needed changes and take advantage of critical opportunities without you," Stone told his audience. "We will always need your support, we do not take it for granted, and we deeply appreciate it."

   

At the Forefront

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Philip Keane Marion Coppelman Epstein
Photographs by Jim Harrison

Marion Coppelman Epstein '24, of Boston, and Philip Keene '25, of Middletown, Connecticut, who will turn 101 within a week of each other in October, led the alumni parade and took seats by the stage in Tercentenary Theatre for the HAA's annual meeting on June 5. The oldest alumnus present was Albert Hamilton Gordon '23, M.B.A. '25, LL.D. '77, of New York City, who turns 102 in July (see "Commencement Confetti"). According to the University's records, the 10 oldest alumni, apart from these three, include James George Jameson '22, 103, of Orlando, Florida; Charles Henry Warner '21, 103, of Berkeley, California; Evelyn Gerstein Garfield '22, 103, of Huntington, N.Y.; Sheridan Ashton Logan '23, 102, of Saint Joseph, Missouri; Thomas W. Norris '24, 101, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin; M. Louise Macnair '25, 100, of Cambridge; and Eliot K. Bartholomew '25, 100, of Laguna Hills, California.

 

Cambridge Bound

Chosen from a pool of 114 applicants, four seniors won Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships to study at Cambridge University for one year.

Sophia K. Domokos, of Baltimore and Winthrop House, will be the Lionelde Jersey Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College; Sachin M. Shivaram, of Mequon, Wisconsin, and Lowell House, will matriculate as the Harvard-Pembroke Scholar at Pembroke College; Matthew B. Sussman, of Toronto and Pforzheimer House, will enroll at Trinity College as the Fiske Scholar; and Emily E. Wilcox, of Ann Arbor and Leverett House, will be the John Eliot Scholar at Jesus College.