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From HCF to HBS

Under executive director Richard B. Boardman, the Harvard College Fund has become the premier annual giving organization in higher education (see “An Instrument of Good Will,” November-December 2000, page 58). Now Boardman, who has worked in development at Harvard since 1978 and became the fund’s helmsman in mid 1986, has moved across the Charles. July 1, he began working as chief development officer at Harvard Business School, where he will run an impending half-billion-dollar campaign. Boardman’s Cambridge ties remain strong: wife Lynne Stanton directs public education at the Harvard University Art Museums, and daughter Katherine Boardman ’04 is a resident of Dunster House. Twelve-year HCF veteran Virginia J. Wise, heretofore deputy director, steps up to become managing director.

 

Graduate Gurus Depart

Professor of the history of science Everett I. Mendelsohn and his wife, Mary B. Anderson, president of the Collaborative for Development Action, have concluded a five-year term as master and co-master of Dudley House, the center for graduate students and nonresident undergraduates based in Lehman Hall. The couple, who are both active in international social issues, are credited with creating forums and seminars for graduate students, advocating diversity in appointments, and greatly expanding participation in Dudley House programs.

 

Senior Status

Ten members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences stepped down from active status at the end of the academic year. Those retiring are: Sacvan Bercovitch, Cabot professor of American literature; Dudley R. Herschbach, Baird professor of science; Walter J. Kaiser, Higginson professor of English literature, professor of comparative literature, and director of Villa I Tatti; William Klemperer, Erving professor of chemistry; Janos Kornai, Freed professor of economics; Lewis H. Lockwood, Peabody professor of music; Allan R. Robinson, McKay professor of geophysical fluid dynamics; John K.G. Shearman, Adams University Professor; Stanley J. Tambiah, Rabb professor of anthropology; and Nikolaas J. van der Merwe, Clay professor of scientific archaeology.

 

Deceased

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Stephen Jay Gould
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One of the University’s most prominent and public scholars, Agassiz professor of zoology Stephen Jay Gould, died on May 20. A past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Gould was one of the most influential evolutionary biologists of the twentieth century; his magnum opus, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, was published in March. His passion for sharing science with a wider audience was complemented by his writing skills (his honors included the 1981 National Book Award for The Panda’s Thumb); at Harvard, where he joined the faculty in 1967, he introduced thousands of undergraduates to his field in Science B-16, "History of Life."…

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David Riesman
Jane Reed / Harvard News Office

Other faculty deaths this spring include Ford professor of social sciences emeritus David Riesman ’31, J.D. ’34, LL.D. ’90, coauthor of one of the most influential sociological texts of the twentieth century, The Lonely Crowd (1950), and most recently a scholar of higher education, who died on May 10; and Bowditch professor of Central American and Mexican archaeology and ethnology emeritus Gordon R. Willey, ranked as the preeminent American archaeologist of the last half-century and the father of “settlement pattern studies,” who died on April 28.

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Gordon R. Willey

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