Campus & Community

Hunn Awards given for longtime service

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Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons (left) pays tribute to Hunn Award winner Charles J. Egan Jr. '54 (right) of Kansas City, Mo. (Staff photos Justin Ide/Harvard News Office)

Six alumni/ae were recognized for their outstanding “Schools and Scholarships” work during an awards ceremony on Oct. 15.

Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons presented the annual Hunn Awards for outstanding longtime service at the Faculty Club fete.

Those being recognized at this year’s awards ceremony were Charles J. Egan ’54 (Kansas City, Mo.), Elinor D. Wilder ’56 (New York City), Tim Kennish ’61 (Toronto), George B. Kaiser ’64 (Tulsa, Okla.), Ignacio D. Flores III M.B.A. ’67 (Dallas), Claire Mays Poumadère ’81 (Paris).

There are more than 6,000 alumni/ae volunteers worldwide who do “Schools and Scholarships” work for the Admissions Office. The volunteers recruit prospective applicants and interview actual candidates if geography permits. 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. This year’s recipients collectively represent more than 170 years of service.

Hunn Award winner Elinor D. Wilder '56 listens as Fitzsimmons speaks.

The award is named in honor of Hiram S. Hunn ’21 who did volunteer work for “Schools and Scholarships” for 55 years – 30 in Iowa and 25 in Vermont. The award was initiated in 1990 to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Harvard Alumni Association.