The Harvard Alumni Association Awards were established in 1990 to recognize outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities. This year’s recipients were to be honored on October 16 during the HAA board of directors’ annual fall meeting in Cambridge. Highlights of their many contributions are given below.
Peter Bynoe ’72, J.D.-M.B.A. ’76, of Chicago, has served the University for more than two decades. He was a member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Council and an HAA elected director, and then became a University Overseer (1993-2002). In addition, he has been a member of three Harvard alumni clubs in Chicago (College, Law School, and Business School), and worked on his twenty-fifth-reunion’s gift committee.
Deborah Goldfine ’85, of Newton, Massachusetts, is a longtime member of the visiting committee to athletics, cochair of the Friends of Harvard Tennis, and executive chair of the Harvard Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics, where she has strengthened programming and funding. Goldfine also cochaired her tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth reunion committees, and now cochairs the Newton schools and scholarships committee.
Nathaniel (“Nat”) Guild ’73, of Concord, Massachusetts, is class secretary and cochaired his fifteenth and twenty-fifth class reunions. He has also served as an HAA appointed director and chair of the HAA classes and reunions committee. Currently, Guild leads the HAA chief marshal selection committee and is vice chair of the “Happy Committee” (which assists with Commencement). A member of the executive committee of the Association of Harvard College Class Secretaries and Treasurers, he is also a member of the Kennedy School Institute of Politics advisory committee and former treasurer of the Friends of Harvard Track.
Susan Heath ’67, of Pound Ridge, New York, has recruited and interviewed students for more than three decades. She recently completed her term as chair of the HAA National Schools and Scholarships Committee, and has been chair of the Harvard Club of Westchester schools and scholarships committee since 1975. A former member of her class-reunion gift committee, Heath just began a three-year term as HAA Regional Director for Metro New York and New Jersey.
Ella Smith, A.B.E. ’66, of Abington, Massachusetts, is a founding member and former president of the Harvard Extension School Alumni Association (HEAA), and has served on its steering committee since 1968. For many years she has also been the Extension School’s HAA appointed director and a member of both the HAA’s graduate schools and communications committees.
Charles Wiggin ’68, M.B.A.-J.D. ’73, of Oklahoma City, is a longtime director of the city’s Harvard club and served for three years as HAA Regional Director for the South Central States. He is a former member of both the HAA clubs and graduate schools committees and the committee to nominate Overseers and elected directors, of which he was also chair. In addition, he has chaired the HAA awards committee and his tenth-reunion gift committee.