Six alumni are to receive Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Awards—for outstanding volunteer service to the University through alumni activities—during the HAA board of directors’ fall meeting.
Walter K. Clair ’77, M.D. ’81, M.P.H. ’85, of Nashville, is a former member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and of the governing boards’ joint committee for alumni affairs and development. An HAA-elected director from 2002 to 2005, he has also served as an executive committee member of the Harvard Club of Middle Tennessee, and as a member of the admissions committees at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Ann Rand Eldridge ’57, M.A.T. ’59, of Cambridge, received the Radcliffe Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for her work with the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association (RCAA) and the Radcliffe Institute. She is currently a Radcliffe Campaign volunteer and, at the HAA, a college director and former co-chair of the committee focused on maintaining connections with alumni. In addition, she chaired the Harvard Club of Eastern New York’s schools and scholarships committee for more than two decades, for which she received the Hiram S. Hunn Award in 2000.
Frederick V. Fortmiller ’51, M.B.A. ’53, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Korean War who, after his fifty-fifth reunion, organized and published The Harvard College Class of 1951: In the Nation’s Service, a collection of classmates’ service remembrances. As a class committee member since graduation, he has also been active with the reunion gift and planning committees and co-chaired the sixty-fifth reunion. He is also a stalwart on the HAA board of directors’ Happy Observance of Commencement committee.
Kalle J. Heikkinen, M.B.A. ’91, of Helsinki, is the founder and former president of the Harvard Club of Finland, which hosted the 2007 HAA European Club Leaders Meeting, and has raised scholarship money for Finnish students to attend Harvard. He has chaired the club’s schools and scholarships committee for nearly 20 years, and joined the HAA’s board of directors in 2009 as a regional director for Europe.
Juanita C. Hernández ’82, J.D. ’85, of Washington, D.C., is a longtime leader within the Harvard Law School Association, and a founding member and chair of its Latino alumni committee. She has been instrumental in organizing the school’s Celebration of Latino Alumni conferences, is president of the HLSA Club of Washington, D.C., chaired her thirtieth law-school reunion, and served as an HAA elected director from 1994 to 1997.
Carl F. Muller ’73, J.D.-M.B.A. ’76, of Greenville, South Carolina, worked with the HAA in various roles for more than a decade, and ended his tenure there as president in 2013. He was a key member of the task force that rewrote the HAA’s constitution and helped align the work of the HAA and the Harvard College Fund. On the local level, he is a former president of the Harvard Club of South Carolina and has been an alumni interviewer since 1973.