Lawyer and consultant Charlotte P. Armstrong '49, LL.B. '53, a graduate of the first Law School class to admit women, was elected president of the Board of Overseers by her colleagues in April, the fourth woman to hold that post.
The names of five new Overseers were announced at the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Elected to six-year terms were
Jamie S. Gorelick '72, J.D. '75. Washington, D.C. Vice chair, Fannie Mae Corp.
David D. Ho, M.D. '78; S.B. '74 California Institute of Technology. New York City. Scientific director and CEO, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center; professor and physician, The Rockefeller University.
Deval L. Patrick '78, J.D. '82. Boston. Partner, Day, Berry & Howard.
John Rockwell '62; Ph.D. '72 UC-Berkeley. New York City. Editor, "Arts and Leisure," New York Times.
C. Dixon Spangler, M.B.A. '56; B.S. '54 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Charlotte, N.C. President emeritus, University of North Carolina; president, C.D. Spangler Foundation.
Voter turnout was 18.9 percent (36,851 ballots), up from last year's 17.4 percent. Possible explanations include an earlier (April 1) distribution of ballots, and publicity triggered by an official mailing to Business School alumni from the president of the board of that school's alumni association, urging recipients to vote and highlighting HBS candidates. Critics, including the two petition candidates for Overseer, Stephen B. Hrones '64 and John E. Jacoby '66, M.D., roundly condemned the letter. (The Business School states that "money was found to cover the cost of the mailing.") Hrones is urging the Overseers to discuss ground rules for future elections.
Also announced at the HAA meeting were the association's new elected directors, who serve three-year terms. They are
Douglass M. Carver '59; C.E.P. '63 Institut d'Etudes Politiques; M.A. '64 Boston University. Villennes-sur-Seine, France. Management consultant and general manager, Somadex.
Karen Falkenstein Green '78, J.D. '81. Boston. Senior partner, Hale & Dorr, LLP.
James E. Johnson '83, J.D. '86. Washington, D.C. Assistant secretary for enforcement, U.S. Treasury Department.
Mercedes A. Laing '77; J.D. '84 Yale. Chicago. Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery.
C. Bennett Tarleton Jr., M.A.T. '66; B.A. '65 University of Missouri. Nashville. Executive director, Tennessee Arts Commission.
Pamela Thomas-Graham '85, M.B.A.-J.D. '89. New York City. Partner, McKinsey & Company Inc.