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Hats Off

November-December 2004

Hats Off

The HAA Awards were established in 1990 to recognize outstanding volunteer service to the University through alumni activities. These six recipients were scheduled to be honored during the HAA Board of Directors' fall meeting in Cambridge.

Weston J. "Webb" Durant

Weston J. "Webb" Durant, B.S. '48, of Orchard Park, New York, has a long history of dedicated service to Harvard, predominantly in Buffalo, where he served from 1996 to 2000 as the HAA regional director for upper New York State. A former president of the Harvard Club of Buffalo, he founded "The Harvard Affair," an annual dance that has raised money for Harvard scholarships for more than 40 years. In 2002, Durant was honored as Alumnus of the Year by the Buffalo club, an award he founded 39 years ago. He is currently an associate with the Brown and Stromecki Agency Inc.

Dan Huntington Fenn Jr.

Dan Huntington Fenn Jr. '44, A.M. '72, of Lexington, Massachusetts, has been a class secretary since graduation and is on the executive committee of the Association of Harvard College Class Secretaries. He was the freshman dean from 1946 to 1949, and has served as an assistant editor of the Harvard Business Review and editor of the Business School Alumni Bulletin. More recently, he served as the reunion gift chair for his class last year, and he now leads the fundraising efforts for the World War Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has gathered more than $2 million. Fenn was the first director of the John F. Kennedy Library, serving until 1986. He lectures at the Business School and is an adjunct lecturer with the executive programs at the Kennedy School.

Fred N. Fishman

Fred N. Fishman '46, LL.B. '48, of New York City, is a former chairman of the Harvard Law School Fund and a past president of both the Harvard Law School Association and the Harvard Law School Association of New York City. In the early 1980s, he served as an appointed HAA director. A regular member of his class's gift steering committee, he is also active in raising large nonreunion gifts. Fishman has served on various Overseers' committees, including 12 years on the committee to visit the Law School. He currently sits on the dean's advisory board of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council. He is a retired partner and former chairman of the executive committee at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP.

Thierry G. Porte

Thierry G. Porte '79, M.B.A '82, of Tokyo, is president of the Harvard Club of Japan and is a member of both the Harvard Club of New York City and the HBS Club of Japan. He has served on the Harvard Business School's Alumni Board of Directors (1998-2001) and has aided the University as a fundraiser for the HBS Japan research office in Tokyo. He is also a member of both the HBS Asia Pacific dean's advisory committee and the Harvard Asia Center advisory committee. An active class leader, Porte was a cochair for his twenty-fifth college reunion's major gifts committee. Following a 22-year career with Morgan Stanley in New York, London, and Tokyo, he is currently vice chairman of Shinsei Bank Ltd. in Tokyo.

Jacques Sales

Jacques Sales, LL.M. '67, of Paris, was the first non-American to be elected president of the Harvard Law School Association, in 1998; he chaired the host committee for the Harvard Law School Worldwide Alumni Congress held in Paris in 2001. He has also served as secretary, vice president, and president of the HLSA of Europe and is a member of the HLSA of France, the Harvard Club of France, and the Harvard Club of New York City. He practiced law in the Paris office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton before founding his own firm, Sales Vincent & Associates, which later merged with Denton Wilde Sapte, where he is now a partner.

Jane E. Tewksbury

Jane E. Tewksbury '74, of Arlington, Massachusetts, was president of the board of management of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association from 1997 to 1999, and a trustee of Radcliffe College during merger discussions with Harvard. She was a founding member of the Radcliffe Mentor Program, which matches Boston-area alumnae with Harvard undergraduates, and she received the Distinguished Service Award from the RCAA in 2001. A former vice president and general counsel for the Justice Resource Institute, and a former legal counsel to the Massachusetts Attorney General, Tewksbury is now chief of staff in the state's Executive Office of Public Safety.