To recognize their extraordinary dedication to the University, the Harvard Alumni Association will award the 1998 Harvard Medals to three alumni who have given more than 80 years of combined service to Harvard. On Commencement day, President Neil L. Rudenstine will honor Robert Shenton, Ph.D. '62, Paul M. Weissman '52, and Hope Williams Wigglesworth '48.
After serving as registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1965 to 1971, Robert Shenton became Secretary to Harvard's Governing Boards for an additional 20 years, acting as the Corporation's administrator through two presidential searches.
Longtime class agent Paul M. Weissman has motivated classmates yearly to make record gifts, earning the Harvard College Fund's Richard T. Flood Award for outstanding service (1977) and David T.W. McCord Award for long-term achievement (1995). The Fund has shattered all previous records since he became chairman in 1991. He has also been an elected director of the HAA, and its president in 1987-88.
From 1985 to 1989, Hope Wigglesworth served as a Radcliffe trustee while guiding students as a career counselor at the Office of Career Services. A former director of the Radcliffe College Fund and member of the Board of Governors of the Harvard Club of Boston, she received the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Distinguished Service Award in 1993.