Hiram Hunn Award Winners

Top row from left: Zaid al-Rifa'i, Barbara Fischbein Berenson, Stephen G. Hoffman, John Paul Kennedy, and  Paul G. O'Leary. Bottom from left: Claire Stuart Roth and Jody Cukier Siegler

Seven alumni were to receive this year’s Hunn Memorial Schools and Scholarships Awards, presented by the College’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, at an October 14 ceremony. Hiram S. Hunn ’21 recruited and interviewed prospective students for more than 55 years; this year’s winners, collectively, have performed more than 250 years of service.

Zaid al-Rifa’i ’57, of Amman. The first Jordanian to graduate from Harvard, al-Rifa’i has raised scholarship funds and connecting candidates with the admissions office. He is president of the Harvard Club of Jordan. His son, Samir ’88, became Jordan’s prime minister; his grandson, Zaid al-Rifa’i, is a sophomore. 

Barbara Fischbein Berenson ’80, J.D.- M.P.A. ’84, of Waban, Massachusetts. Berenson has interviewed students from all over the world.

Stephen G. Hoffman ’64, of Belmont, Massachusetts. Hoffman began interviewing prospective candidates in 1970 while working in the registrar’s office.

John Paul Kennedy ’63, of Salt Lake City. Kennedy has chaired his local schools and scholarships committee and been HAA appointed director for the Southwestern region.

Paul G. O’Leary ’56, of Ridgewood, New Jersey. O’Leary has interviewed students since 1969 and been president, secretary, and schools and scholarships committee chair of his local club.

Claire Stuart Roth ’74, of Las Vegas. Roth first volunteered in California, but has interviewed in and around Las Vegas since moving there in 1994.

Jody Cukier Siegler ’79, of Los Angeles. After moving to California in 1986, Siegler found that interviewing gave her an op- portunity to immerse herself in a new city where she knew no one.



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