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Election Results

The members of the Board of Overseers have elected Thomas S. Williams Jr. ’68 their new president. He succeeds Richard E. Oldenburg ’54.

This year, 32,556 alumni, representing 15.8 percent of eligible voters, castballots in the annual selection of Overseers and elected directors ofthe Harvard Alumni Association. The results were announced at the HAA’sannual meeting on June 6.

Elected to the Board of Overseers for six-year terms were:

Frances D. Fergusson, Ph.D. ’73; B.A.’65, Wellesley. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. President, Vassar College.

William F. Lee ’72; J.D.-M.B.A. ’76 Cornell. Wellesley, Mass. Attorney; managing partner, Hale and Dorr LLP.

Richard I. Melvoin ’73; Ph.D. ’83 University of Michigan. Belmont, Mass. Head, Belmont Hill School.

Penny Pritzker ’81; J.D.-M.B.A. ’85 Stanford. Chicago. President and CEO, Pritzker Realty Group; chair and CEO, Classic Residence by Hyatt.

Jaime Sepulveda, M.P.H. ’80,M.P.T. ’81, S.D. ’85; M.D. ’78 National Autonomous University of Mexico. Mexico City. Director general, National Institute of Public Health; dean of the School of Public Health of Mexico.

The newest HAA Directors,elected for three-year terms, were:

Peter A. Carfagna ’75,J.D. ’79; M.A. ’77, Oxford. Cleveland. Chief legal officer, generalcounsel, and senior staff vice president, IMG Worldwide Inc.

Walter K. Clair ’77, M.D. ’81, M.P.H. ’85. Nashville. Cardiacelectrophysiologist and assistant clinical professor of medicine,Vanderbilt Page-Campbell Heart Institute.

Melita M. Garza’81. Chicago. Journalist, Chicago Tribune.

Joan Z.Lonergan, Ed.M. ’84; B.S. ’74 University of New Hampshire. PaloAlto. Head, Castilleja School.

Eleanor Greenberg White ’67,Loeb Fellow ’79 (Graduate School of Design); M.P.A. ’75 NortheasternUniversity. Newton, Mass. President, Housing Partners Inc.

Stephen R. Wong ’81, M.B.A. ’85. San Francisco. Chairman and CEO,Embarcadero Technologies Inc.

 

Outstanding

Jeremy R. Knowles

Photograph by Stu Rosner

TheHAA surprised Jeremy R. Knowles, outgoing dean of the Faculty ofArts and Sciences, by awarding him a Harvard Medal for extraordinaryservice. Four other winners were also publicly honored by HAA presidentKaren Spencer Kelly ’80 at the organization’s annual meeting on June 6.

For Peter A. Brooke ’52, M.B.A.’54—Harvard’s Overseer and ambassador at home and abroad, yourleadership and loyalty are only surpassed by your service and generosityto the University and its alumni over half a century.

Sharon ElliottGagnon
Courtesy of HAA

For Sharon Elliott Gagnon, Ph.D. ’72—AsPresident of the Board of Overseers and President of the Harvard AlumniAssociation, you have guided us with grace and skill, firmly anchored inAlaska while opening new frontiers for Harvard.

ForJeremy Knowles,Distinguished Dean of the Faculty ofArts and Sciences, retiring but never shy, you have met every challengeto improve and strengthen Harvard, reaching out to students, faculty,and alumni with wonderful wit and warmth.

John A. Lithgow

Photographby Stu Rosner

For John A. Lithgow’67—Our irrepressible and intellectual impresario, whetherresplendent in an Overseer’s top hat or marching at the front of aparade, you have played a starring role in making the arts a vital partof a Harvard education.

Daniel C. Tosteson

Photograph by Stu Rosner

ForDaniel C. Tosteson ’46, M.D. ’48—True citizen of Harvardand devoted Dean of the Medical School for 20 years, you have forged newpathways of learning and influenced medical education around the worldby your exemplary teaching, research, and leadership.

Generosity Indeed

The largest reunion giftthis year was 1977’s $35 million—more than any other twenty-fifthreunion class in Harvard history has ever contributed. (The recordpreviously belonged to the class of 1975, which gave $27 million. Theall-time gift record still belongs to the class of 1950, which gave$50.1 million at its fiftieth reunion.) The Corporation’s Senior Fellow,Robert G. Stone Jr., publicly recognized them in his annual report onUniversity resources on the afternoon of Commencement day. Also praisedwas the class of 1952—for contributing $34 million, thesecond-highest amount raised by any fiftieth reunion class; and the morethan $27 million from the class of 1942, which included a $25-milliongift to the University made earlier by classmate Charles T."Ted" Bauer to support the Bauer Laboratory and Bauer Centerfor Genomics Research. The class of 2002, with 68 percent participation,raised more than $34,000.

Cyber Campus

Much more of Harvard than many alumni may know is availableremotely via the Internet. Simply by visiting www.harvard.edu/listing/ you can reach an alphabetical index of several hundred websites, each easily accessible through built-in electronic links. Many of these—the destination sites for each school, for example—are themselves deep, rich sources of information on academic programs, course listings, faculty members’ biographies and research, and more.

Harvard community members worldwide may want to sample these resources, so the magazine’s staff will occasionally highlight a few particularly rewarding on-line destinations in these pages.

For example, Radcliffe Institute dean Drew Gilpin Faust’s biographical page (www.radcliffe.edu/about/faust.html) now has a link to a PDF version of "Mingling Promiscuously: A History of Women and Men at Harvard," her bracing lecture to the Harvard class of 2005. The institute’s home page, www.radcliffe.edu, provides information about its lecture series and fellowship and other programs.

Can’t get to the Kennedy School to attend events at the ARCO Forum? They may be viewed on video at www.iop.harvard.edu/forum.html, where you may also obtain print summaries. Similarly, the Law School offers webcasts of presentations by faculty members and outside speakers, at www.law.harvard.edu/-news/webcasts. In both cases, you will need to have, or to download, RealPlayer, using links provided at the sites.

Don’t forget that this magazine is available electronically at www.harvard-magazine.com. (You can register for e-mail updates and highlights of each new issue at our website.) Alumni also have access to harvard@home via the HAA’s Post.Harvard site (www.haa.harvard.edu/); new features include an overview of contemporary China by Roderick MacFarquhar, Williams professor of history and political science, and a symposium in which five faculty research scientists discuss their work.

 

Off to England…

Chosen from the record number of 151 applicants, four seniors won Harvard-Cambridge Scholarships to study at Cambridge University for one year.

Trevor S. Cox, of Lexington, Virginia, and Pforzheimer House, will matriculate as the Lt. Charles Henry Fiske III Scholar at Trinity College; John N. Friedman, of Cambridge and Lowell House will be the John Eliot Scholar at Jesus College; Vera A. Keller, of Rifton, N.Y., and Dudley House, will enroll as the Harvard-Pembroke Scholar at Pembroke College; and Damian Williams, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Dunster House, will study at Emmanuel College as the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar.