Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons presented an annual award for outstanding longtime service to seven alumni/ae at the Faculty Club last Friday (Oct. 26). This year’s recipients are James Bernstein and Barbara Bernstein ’49 and ’53, Rockville Center, N.Y., 70 years of service, total; Gertrude B. Brekus ’50, Palm Beach, Fla., 25 years of service; Dwight K. Nishimura ’49, Houston, 40 years-plus of service; Joan S. Goshko ’61, Marblehead, 25 years of service; Susan D. Heath ’67, Pound Ridge, N.Y., 25 years-plus of service; Michael Grace, Ph.D. ’72, Alberta, Canada, 30 years-plus of service.
The alumni/ae are among more than 6,000 volunteers who do “Schools and Scholarships” work for the Admissions Office worldwide. They recruit prospective applicants and interview actual candidates if geography permits. The Class of 2005 had more than 19,000 applicants and most were interviewed. The factual and personal information provided by these volunteers helps the Admissions Office make difficult choices in an increasingly growing and talented pool of applicants. The “Schools and Scholarships” groups operate under the aegis of Harvard Clubs all over the globe and have been active as outreach agencies for the Admissions Office for more than 50 years.
The award is named in honor of Hiram S. Hunn ’21 who did volunteer work for 55 years in Iowa and Vermont. The award was instituted in 1990 to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Harvard Alumni Association.
“Without their assistance,” said Senior Admissions Officer Dwight Miller of the award-winners, “the College would not have the remarkable breadth and range of interesting students that it does. As the above list of award recipients indicates, the Admissions Office is greatly in the debt of so loyal and hardworking a group of alumni/ae and is honored to recognize them for their services. The College would not be the special community it is without them.”