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Nathan Marsh Pusey
April 4, 1907-November 14, 2001

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 12, at 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Church at Harvard.

Nathan Pusey with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nathan Pusey with Martin Luther King, Jr. outside Appleton Chapel (January 10, 1965)
Nathan Marsh Pusey, the 24th President of Harvard died early on the morning of Nov. 14. He was 94. Pusey was President of Harvard from 1953 to 1971 and gained national prominence for his defense of universities and academic freedom during the McCarthy Era. Under his administration, Harvard's endowment grew from $304 million to more than $1 billion, and many new buildings were constructed, including Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Countway Library of Medicine, Gund Hall, Gutman Library, Hilles Library, Holyoke Center, Loeb Drama Center, and the Science Center. Pusey earned an A.B. degree from Harvard in 1928, an M.A. in 1932, and a Ph.D. in 1937, specializing in ancient history. Before becoming President of Harvard, he taught history at Lawrence College, Scripps College, and Wesleyan University, and served as president of Lawrence College.

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Service recalls 'a loving, kind' man
Former Harvard president memorialized as great educator and friend (Harvard University Gazette, 12/13/01)

Nathan Pusey dies at 94
Harvard's 24th president served University for almost two decades (Harvard University Gazette, 11/15/01)

Tolling of the bell
The Memorial Church bell rang on November 14, In Memoriam Nathan Pusey

Celebration Honors Pusey Contributions
Memorial church rededicates newly refurbished Pusey Room (Harvard University Gazette, 5/20/94)

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