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Richard E. Oldenburg ’54 was elected president of the Board of Overseers for 2001-2002, his last year of service on the board. He succeeded Sharon Elliott Gagnon ’65, Ph.D. ’72, after Commencement. Oldenberg, who began his professional life in publishing, joined the Museum of Modern Art in 1969 and served as its director from 1972 to 1994. Most recently, he was chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America. Both Gagnon and Oldenburg served on the nine-person presidential search committee that identified the successor to Neil L. Rudenstine. "I know that all of the Overseers look forward to working constructively with Larry Summers as he assumes his new role," Oldenburg said in a statement issued to announce his election.

PBK Professors

During Commencement week (see page 51), the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa conferred teaching awards, based on undergraduates’ nominations, on Mary M. Gaylord, professor of Romance languages and literatures; Peter J. Gomes, Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church; and Nancy Mitchnick, Arnheim lecturer on studio arts, cited for her course, "Painting with Attitude." Lucie Brock-Broido was introduced as holder of a unique hat-trick: a PBK member, former PBK teaching-award winner during her Harvard stint as Briggs-Copeland Lecturer, and now the poet at the society’s literary exercises.

Classroom Classics

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In an annual celebration, Dean Jeremy R. Knowles named six members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) as Harvard College Professors, recognizing their excellence as undergraduate teachers and graduate educators: Leo Damrosch, Bernbaum professor of literature; Peter Galison, Mallinckrodt professor of the history of science and of physics; Robert J. Kiely, Loker professor of English; Stuart M. Shieber, McKay professor of computer science; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Phillips professor of early American history; and Gregory L. Verdine, professor of chemistry. Holders of the five-year appointments receive a semester of paid leave, commensurate summer salary, or funds to support their research.

Senior Status

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As the academic year ends, these FAS faculty members retire from regular service to emeritus or research-professor status: Margaret B. Alexiou, Seferis professor of modern Greek studies and professor of comparative literature; Irven DeVore, Moore professor of biological anthropology and curator of primatology in the Peabody Museum; Henry Ehrenreich, Clowes professor of science; Yu-Chi Ho, McKay professor of engineering and Coolidge professor of applied mathematics; Francisco Márquez, Porter professor of Romance languages and literatures; Costas Papaliolios, professor of physics; Philip Barry Tomlinson, Jeffrey professor of biology; and Sheldon H. White, Lindsley professor of psychology.