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Both she and her grandchild were in desperate need

of care—but there was no one to help. The health post

staffer was out, the anthropologist could do nothing, and

of course, neither could I.

Neither could I. That was my decisive moment. I

remember thinking: “I will not merely study these people,

I will serve them.” In that instant, medicine and public

health became my life’s calling.

Many of our faculty, students, and staff have had

such defining moments. So too, many of our donors tell

me of the moments that have driven them to embrace our

work. All made defining choices—between indifference

and caring.

Such moments have the capacity to reverberate

across lives and communities and nations, over years

and generations—even centuries. The capital campaign

on which the School has just embarked (see page 32)

reflects what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the fierce

urgency of now”—the fact that delay carries devastating

human costs. Inspired by our individual and collective

vision of the way things could be—now, in the lifetimes of

those who most need help—we will change the world.

During 2013, the remarkable centennial year of Harvard

School of Public Health, I had the deeply gratifying

experience of reflecting on the meaning and purpose of

public health—both across the globe and in my own life.

I circled this theme in writing, in conversation, in moments

of solitude, and on occasions of exuberant celebration.

One realization was that, if there are two irreducible

qualifications for a successful career in public health, they

are a fundamental dissatisfaction with the way things are

and a stubborn determination to narrow the gap between

what can be achieved with our current knowledge and

what is being achieved with our present practices.

I know this from my own life. My father and his family

were refugees who would have died had they stayed

where they lived—Germany in the 1930s. They escaped

to a much poorer country, yet one rich in culture and

tolerance, which welcomed them with open arms. That

country—Mexico—saved their lives.

I grew up with a strong sense of indebtedness, of

the need to give back. But I did not have a clear idea of

where this impulse would lead until I was 16 and spent

two months after my junior year in high school living in

a poor indigenous community in the state of Chiapas, in

southern Mexico. I had traveled there to see a famous

anthropologist working in a tiny town. At that point, I was

considering a career either as an anthropologist or a

doctor. I wanted to see this anthropologist in action.

One day, a destitute woman arrived at the town’s

modest health post, carrying her grandson in her arms.

It was freezing up in the mountains, and she had walked

more than three hours carrying the sick child to the clinic.

On her arduous journey, she had injured her head. When

she arrived, she was covered in blood.

Julio FrenkDean of the Faculty and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, Harvard School of Public Health

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Cover and top of page: Paul Pickford / AlamyLeft column, from top: Kent Dayton / HSPH, Courtesy of Catlin Powers. Center column from top: Kent Dayton / HSPH, Shaw Nielsen. Right column: Josh Levine

COVER STORY18 Sparking InnovationThe stories of donors emerging

from unlikely places or at

difficult times, with gifts large

and small, are integral to the

School’s 100-year history.

14 Secrets of Sound HealthFrancesca Dominici’s research on airplane noise and heart disease documents an everyday—and overlooked—risk.

32 The Campaign for Harvard School of Public Health


FEATURES2 Dean’s MessageDefining Choices: Between Indifference and CaringDean Frenk reflects on the meaning and purpose of public health.

4 Frontlines

83 In Memoriam

Back Cover Continuing Professional

Education Calendar

8 Alumni Award Winners 2013


36 Events

Gift Report

54 $1M Campaign Gifts

54 Gala Supporters

56 Individuals

62 Institutional Partnerships

66 Tribute Gifts

68 1913 Society

70 Named Financial Aid Funds

72 Faculty, Staff, and Faculty Emeriti

74 Volunteers

80 Financial Highlights

10 A Burning PassionCatlin Powers has converted her concern for the environment into life-saving energy technologies.

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THE END OF TRANS FATS? A proposal issued in November

2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug

Administration (FDA), if finalized,

would eliminate trans fat from

the food supply. Trans fat—which

is produced by partial hydro-

genation and found in many

processed foods, from cookies

to frozen pizza—both raises LDL

“bad” cholesterol and lowers

HDL “good cholesterol.” The

FDA move vindicates decades-

long research and advocacy by

Walter Willett, MPH ’73, DPH ’80,

chair of the HSPH Department

of Nutrition, and his colleagues.

“By getting trans fat off the table

entirely,” Willett told the Harvard

Gazette, “we can redirect efforts

to the many other aspects of our

diet that need attention.”


A Public Health Portrait of Africa’s Elders

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Like other populations world-wide, Africans are living longer. But with greater longevity come chronic diseases—both infec-tious and non-infectious. A new study by the Harvard Center for Population and Development (Pop Center) will paint a broad picture of aging, health, pro-ductivity, and well-being among thousands of older adults in

sub-Saharan Africa. The study will be conducted in South Africa, with launches in Ghana and Tanzania to follow. “We know very little about chronic disease and aging in sub-Saharan Africa,” said principal investiga-tor Lisa Berkman, Pop Center director and Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology. “Over time, we’ll be able to understand country-level differences and ultimately pinpoint policies that promote population health.” The three-year HAALSI Program Project (Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH Communities) is being funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Your on Breakfast An HSPH study in the journal

Circulation confirms generations

of folk wisdom. As senior author

Eric Rimm, SD ’91, associate

professor of epidemiology and

nutrition, put it, “It’s a simple

message: Eat your breakfast.”

Men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of

heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who had

a morning meal. Noneaters of breakfast likely were hungrier later in

the day and ate more of their calories compressed into fewer meals, a

habit that may lead to adverse metabolic changes and heart disease.

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FIRST, DO NO HARM … More than 43 million people are injured worldwide yearly due to unsafe medical care, according to a recent study from HSPH. The research focused on adverse

events in hospitals from medications, catheter-related urinary tract and bloodstream infections, hospital-acquired pneumonia, blood clots, falls, and bedsores—injuries that lead to an annual loss of nearly 23 million years of “healthy” life. The study, which appeared online in BMJ Quality & Safety, is “the first attempt to quantify the human suffering that results from unsafe care,” said lead author Ashish Jha, MD ’96, MPH ’04, professor of health policy and management.


A separate study in the Journal of the American Medical Association by HSPH and other collaborators revealed that hospitals have financial disincentives to reduce harm and improve quality of care. Privately insured surgical patients who had a complication provided hospitals with a 330 percent higher profit margin than those without medical complications. The study’s senior author, Atul Gawande, MD ’94, MPH ’99, professor in HSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management, said, “Hospitals are not rewarded for quality. This [research] is a clear indication that health care payment reform is necessary. Hospitals should gain, not lose, financially from reducing harm.”

More Black Americans Are Sleep-Deprived

An HSPH research study

has found that black work-

ers—particularly black pro-

fessionals—are more likely

than whites (43 percent vs.

26 percent) to experience

“short sleep” (under seven

hours a night), which

has been linked with

increased risk of occupa-

tional injuries, obesity, high

blood pressure, diabetes,

heart disease, and premature death. Chandra Jackson,

SM ’07, Yerby postdoctoral research fellow in the Depart-

ment of Nutrition and the study’s lead author, noted, “With

increasing numbers of blacks entering professional roles,

it is important to investigate and address the social factors

contributing to short-sleep disparities.”

Possible sleep-disrupting factors for blacks include

discrimination in the workplace, greater job strain, and

home stress. Blacks may also suffer from a phenomenon

known as John Henryism, in which black professionals,

for example, may display an extraordinarily high work

ethic to overcome negative racial stereotypes—a coping

strategy that can induce anxiety, disrupt sleep, and impair

health. The authors have called for more investigation to

explain disparities and develop interventions to improve

sleep among blacks. The study appeared in the American

Journal of Epidemiology.

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Low Vitamin D Higher Risk for Type 1 Diabetes? Having adequate levels of vitamin D during young adulthood may

reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by as much as 50 percent,

according to an HSPH study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

If confirmed, the findings could lead to a role for vitamin D supplementa-

tion in preventing the autoimmune disease in adults. According to lead

author Kassandra Munger, SD ’09, research associate in the Department

of Nutrition, “It is surprising that a serious disease such as type 1 diabetes

could perhaps be prevented by a simple, safe intervention.”


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IN MEMORIAM ELIF YAVUZ, SD ’13 Elif Yavuz, SD ’13, was killed on September 21, 2013, during a terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. She

and her partner, Ross Langdon, also killed in the attack, were expecting their first child.

Yavuz, 33, a Dutch national, completed her dissertation research on malaria in eastern Africa. After graduating from

Harvard School of Public Health this past spring, she took a job in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a senior researcher

with the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s applied analytics team. She was in Nairobi to deliver her baby, expected in

early October.

“Elif was brilliant, dedicated, and deeply admired by her colleagues, who will miss her terribly,” former President

Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton said in a statement released on the Clinton

Foundation’s website.

At a memorial held at the School, doctoral student Corrina Moucheraud, SD ’15, a close friend, remembered Yavuz

as a “force of nature” with “boundless heart, brains, and spirit.”

Yavuz’s thesis adviser, Jessica Cohen, assistant professor of global health, recalled both the dedication and infec-

tious joy she brought to her work. Yavuz tackled her doctoral fieldwork in Luwero, Uganda, with a “drive for perfection

[that] was remarkable,” Cohen said. But she also made it fun, teaching all of the children in town the Michael Jackson

“Thriller” dance.

Although she was just at the start of her career, Yavuz had already made a contribution through the deep bonds she

forged around the world, Cohen said. “No one forgets Elif.”

The HSPH Department of Global Health and Population has established a fund in honor of Elif Yavuz, SD ’13. Contributions will support next-generation students in global health to carry on Elif’s passion for research and service. For more information, go to the HSPH Gift web page: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/campaign/giving/how-to-make-a-gift/. Please designate “Elif Yavuz Memorial Fund” with your contribution.

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The world seems increasingly under the siege of public health emergencies: deadly new infections,

catastrophic weather events, terrorism, industrial accidents. Do successful public health responses in one

realm translate to other types of threats?

Absolutely. In any disaster, the two main challenges for a public health or health care organization tend to be the

same, irrespective of the threat. One is information flow or situational awareness. In a pandemic, the questions

may be, ‘How many cases are there? What is the virus? How is it behaving? How can we best protect ourselves?’

In a mass-casualty event, the questions may be, ‘How many critically injured patients are there? Where are

they? Are there any chemical hazards? Are there other security threats?’ In the chaos and stress of a disaster, you

also have to be able to rapidly transform your organization from a day-to-day function to a fast, nimble, but still

thoughtful operation.

In Boston, public health and hospital responders drew on the same overarching emergency operations

plans for Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, the flu pandemic of 2009—and the Marathon bombings. But the

reality of the world, of course, is that we can’t possibly be fully prepared for everything. We have to continually

revise our plans and systems, based on the lessons we have learned. We also have to reassess potential threats.

Some things are common—you have to be ready for flu, mass vaccination, mass dispensing. But uncommon

things of extraordinary consequence—whether a Category 5 hurricane or a large-scale improvised explosive de-

vice (IED) attack—also can take a tremendous human toll. Today, we worry about emerging infectious diseases,

large-scale information systems failures, the nefarious use of biologic or chemical or radiation weapons, IEDs,

and the persistent threat of lone-wolf shooters. You prepare for threats that are a combination of very likely and

very consequential, or that require special talents not otherwise available in your day-to-day operations.

We’re always faced with new threats, so we’re always changing our response plans and always trying to get

better. I use the analogy of a football team: Just because you won a game, you can’t stop practicing.




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MARC SCHENKER, MPH ’80 Marc Schenker has led the development of

internationally recognized programs in occu-

pational and environmental health, epidemiol-

ogy, public health science, and global health.

Since 1983, he has directed the Center for

Occupational and Environmental Health, and

since 1990, the Western Center for Agricultural

Health and Safety, both at the University of

California at Davis. His work with these centers

encompasses an array of projects addressing

toxic, ergonomic, and environmental factors

affecting the quality of life in underserved farm-

worker populations. His work applies a public health focus to underserved populations, social justice, global health, disease

prevention, and the impact of migration on occupational health.

DEBRA SILVERMAN, SD ’81 Debra Silverman is a leading expert on the carcinogenicity of diesel exhaust, having conducted the landmark Diesel Exhaust

in Miners Study, a 20-year collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The study culminated

in the publication of two landmark papers and the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s reclassification of diesel

exhaust as a Group 1 carcinogen. Silverman is an internationally recognized authority on the epidemiology of cancers of the

bladder and pancreas and an outstanding mentor of young scientists.

EIJI YANO, MPH ’84 Eiji Yano is founding dean of the first independent school of public health in Japan. As a professor at Teikyo University Medical

School, he fostered continuous collaboration between Teikyo and Harvard Universities through his organization of the joint, in-

ternational Teikyo-Harvard Symposium. It was at this symposium in 2009 that the idea of creating of a graduate school of public

health in Tokyo was discussed. The Teikyo School of Public Health (TSPH) was established in April 2011, with Yano as dean,

despite the devastation of earthquakes, tsunami, and a major nuclear accident in Japan that same year.

Recognizing Alumni Accomplishments

Three alumni nominated by their peers received the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit—the highest honor presented to an alumna or alumnus—at this year’s Alumni Centennial Weekend dinner held on November 2 at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

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2013 Alumni Award of Merit winners Eiji Yano, Marc Schenker, and Debra Silverman.

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Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, MPH ’03, advances

the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and

malaria through her leadership of Friends

Africa, a pan-African NGO she founded in

2006. Friends Africa mobilizes and builds the

capacity of the African private sector, civil soci-

ety, and governments to improve Africa’s health.

It works across the continent to implement innovative projects, engage the underutilized African private sector, and leverage the

power of African celebrities to advocate for better health systems and to fight stigma against people living with HIV.

Royce Ellen Clifford, MPH ’06, explored the damaging effects of high-decibel noise exposure on the hearing and cognitive

capacities of her fellow Marine Corps pilots. While at an Army hospital in Baghdad, she spent three weeks testing Armed

Forces members with hearing loss, documented her findings, and spread the word of how prevalent the problem was. Her

efforts influenced the Department of Defense to launch a “Global War on Noise” to reduce and treat noise-induced hearing

loss, and resulted in her appointment as Operational Advisor to the Office of Naval Research.


Adam Finkel, SD ’87, has for 25 years led governmental and research organizations in data-driven and precautionary cam-

paigns to reduce a wide variety of occupational and environmental health risks, and pioneered transformative methods of

quantitative risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis. For five years during the Clinton administration, he directed the health

regulatory offices at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); during that time, he helped forge five of

the seven final regulations to come out of the agency in the past 20 years that protect U.S. workers from chemical, biological,

and other health hazards.


Kelechi Ohiri, MPH ’02, SM ’03, advises the Minister of Health of Nigeria with leadership, analytical rigor, and advocacy. After

working with the World Bank and McKinsey & Company, he returned to his native Nigeria, where he was a fierce advocate

for improving access to healthcare for the underserved. As adviser, Ohiri pioneered the Ministry’s Saving One Million Lives

Initiative to reduce child and maternal deaths, and spearheaded the establishment of a $500 million maternal health initia-

tive. Ohiri played a lead role in establishing the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and is currently designing a compre-

hensive quality improvement and clinical governance program.

Four additional alumni awards, which recognize achievements in various arenas of public health and at various stages in public health careers, were presented earlier in the day.

Left to right: Leadership in Public Health Practice awardee Adam Finkel, Public Health Innovator awardee Royce Ellen Clifford, Emerging Public Health Professional awardee Kelechi Ohiri, and Public Health Innovator awardee Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba.

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Catlin Powers has converted her concern for the environment into lifesaving energy technologies.

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Powers, SM ’11, SD ’14, became so

dizzy that she had to step outside,

where she noticed the same thick

smoke billowing out of rows of other

tents. She had come to this region—

in the Qinghai province of Western

China—as an eco-conscious under-

graduate, planning to address outdoor

air quality. But this visit completely

altered her plans.

“The family questioned why

there was such a huge scientific

effort focused on climate change and

outdoor air pollution when the smoke

from their stoves was so much thicker

than what they could see in the blue

skies outside,” Powers says. “I ended

up bringing my equipment inside their

home and we measured the air quality

together. We discovered that the air

they were breathing was ten times

more polluted than the air in Beijing.”

She immediately postponed her

next semester of college to stay in

this remote village and help solve its

indoor pollution problem. Within

five years, she would become not

only a cutting-edge environmental

researcher and PhD candidate, but

also an even rarer breed: a public

health entrepreneur combining

indigenous know-how with modern

investment tools, including a hugely

successful Kickstarter campaign.


Powers’ upbringing prepared her

well for such a decisive shift in plans.

Growing up with two academic

parents, she had lived in almost a

dozen countries, from the U.S. and

the Netherlands to South America

and Asia. The itinerant lifestyle taught

her to adapt quickly, and to forge

much of her own education from

the conditions—and problems—she

encountered. “From a young age, I

was fascinated by how people use

resources, how waste goes out into the

world, and what we can do to live in a

more sustainable way,” Powers says.

She attended Wellesley College,

intending to go into international

relations. But then she took a chem-

istry course and fell in love with

the subject. “I spent every waking

moment thinking about chemistry,

reading textbooks, being in the labo-

ratory, so much so actually that my

skin became really pale. You could see

the veins underneath.”

That’s when she realized it was

time to bring her scientific passion out

of the lab. She booked a flight to the

mountains of western China, ready to

study climate science in the field.


The Himalayas have always struck

Powers as a harbinger of global envi-

ronmental changes. Glaciers in the

Qinqhai region provide water for 40

When Catlin Powers first stepped into a nomadic family’s canvas tent in the Chinese Himalayas, she was

overpowered by the smell of burning yak dung, the traditional source of fuel. She almost choked on the

thick yellow smoke that spewed out of the family’s stove and hung in the air. Her eyes and nose stung, and

her eyes started watering—just like those of the woman leaning over the stove, boiling water for tea.


Catlin Powers, left, meets with a woman from a semi-nomadic village in Gansu, China who used an early SolSource cooker prototype.

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percent of the world’s population—but

over the past 50 years, the ice sheets

have shrunk by 5 percent. During

the same period, the Himalayas have

heated up six times faster than the

rest of China, and more than twice as

fast as the rest of the world. Powers

thought if she could help find envi-

ronmental solutions in that supremely

challenging environment, she could

have a global impact.

After her indoor-smoke epiphany,

she moved into her own hemp tent and

began to follow the villagers’ routines—

especially those of the women, who ran

the households. Powers had to learn to

haul water on her slim frame, eventu-

ally helping design a special backpack

to stop the water from sloshing down

her back. She accompanied the women

on their fuel runs—often deep in the

forests, dodging local police, to collect

illegal firewood. She also joined them in

the fields to collect yak dung, doing her

best to find the dry, dense pieces that

are best for fuel.

“I couldn’t tell which one was wetter

or drier, which one was more trampled,”

Powers says. “The women made fun

of me, saying, ‘Oh, you would never be

able to get married here because you

would make such a bad wife.’”


The immediate goal she had in

mind—reducing the overall need

for fuel through sun-powered

cooking—would also address fuel

scarcity and indoor pollution. After

she completed her undergraduate

degree, her work attracted the

attention of Majid Ezzati, Harvard

School of Public Health adjunct

professor of global health, who

encouraged her to pursue her project

while obtaining a doctorate; her

Kickstarting a Public Health BreakthroughCatlin Powers and her colleagues

chose a novel way to finance the

development of their SolSource

solar cooker: a campaign on

Kickstarter, the popular online

platform for soliciting pledges

for creative and independent

projects, from movies and books

to clothing and new technologies.

Powers knows of no other public

health venture financed this way.

The Kickstarter campaign,

which surpassed the team’s origi-

nal $43,000 goal by $100,000,

enabled Powers to test the viabil-

ity of selling the cooker in affluent

markets, which in turn helps

underwrite the cost of the cooker

in developing nations. The

campaign was cannily pegged to

national holidays in the U.S. when

grilling is popular—such as Fourth

of July and Labor Day. Along the

way, Powers found unexpected

perks in the online fundraising

forum: beta testers for the solar

cooker, analytics that helped her

company glean the wishes of

potential customers, and a loyal

and engaged customer base. As

Powers sees it, “At a time when

government support is uncer-

tain, Kickstarter has become an

efficient funding mechanism for

public health innovations.” Nomadic villagers burn yak dung on an adobe stove inside a tent on the Himalayan plateau, where Catlin Powers carries out her research.

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research was supported by the

U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency, and her tuition covered by

the National Science Foundation.

At HSPH, the solar stove project

became the focus of her disser-

tation, which her adviser, Jack

Spengler, SM ’73, Akira Yamaguchi

Professor of Environmental Health

and Human Habitation, says “she

has pursued from the perspective

of both a social entrepreneur and a

research scientist.”

Powers learned that Himalayan

families would use only a solar cooker

powerful enough to boil water at

high altitudes for tea and tsampa

(a tea-and-butter-filled dough soup)

and capable of reaching high enough

cooking temperatures for traditional

stir-fry dishes. She tinkered with many

designs, none of which generated

much interest—until a local clan leader

offered advice. “He said, ‘I’m sure these

technologies are good,’” Powers recalls.

“‘But the biggest thing that motivates

people to make significant change in

their lives is the promise of a rise in

status or living standards.’”

The early designs looked too

much like what the villagers had

used before, so she set about

inventing something sleeker, more

modern, and more efficient. Funded

by grants, consulting fees, and

research prizes, Powers and her

research team tried out 54 solar

stove prototypes over five years,

seeking the right balance between

durability, power, portability, safety,

and tasteful aesthetics.


In 2012, Powers launched the

SolSource cooker, the first major

product in what would become her

tech company, One Earth Designs,

co-founded with Scot Frank and

funded through a Kickstarter

campaign. The stove looks like a

large satellite dish, with shiny silver

panels that curve upward and a plat-

form in the middle for a pot or pan.

Innovative financing lowers the

cost for villagers below the $400 U.S.

retail price—low enough so that most

can afford it but high enough to make

the stove a status item.

SolSource has since made its

way into some 2,000 households in

the Himalayas and 300 more in 17

other nations, from Asia to Latin

America. Fuel use has dropped by

30 to 70 percent among SolSource

users. The company is now looking to

expand into more affluent markets,

moving away from the nonprofit

model and toward an independent

investor-funded venture. One Earth

Designs surpassed its $43,000 goal

on Kickstarter by $100,000.

“ When I visit the villages, some of the women come running up to me and say, ‘I can’t believe it, my husband actually is cooking!’”

In a nomadic village in Qinghai, China, a woman prepares a traditional noodle soup that will be cooked on the SolSource cooker, at right.

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secrets of

Growing up, Francesca Dominici lived about a mile from Ciampino Airport, the second busiest in Rome. As

she remembers it, the greatest nuisance from the roar of aircraft over her home was that she couldn’t hear her

friends when talking on the phone.

Fast forward a few decades. Now professor of biostatistics and senior associate dean for research at Harvard

School of Public Health, Dominici is a renowned expert in analyzing huge data sets to ferret out hidden environ-

mental causes of disease. And her latest finding, published in October 2013 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ),

has reverberated across the field.

With co-author Jonathan Levy, AB ’93, SD ’99, professor of environmental health at Boston University School

of Public Health, Dominici found that elderly individuals who live along the noisiest flight paths near airports have

a higher risk of being admitted to the hospital for cardiovascular disease. Specifically, she estimated a 3.5 per-

cent increase in the cardiovascular hospitalization rate for every 10-decibel (dB) increase in airport-related noise.

She also saw a strong association between noise exposure and cardiovascular hospitalizations in zip codes with

noise exposures greater than 55 decibels, but no association in zip codes with exposures less than 55 decibels.

(The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines indoor sound levels under 45 dB as acceptable; a level of 55

dB is about the same as a loud conversation.)

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It’s a surprising and significant discovery. For one thing,

cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death

in the U.S. and globally. Moreover, the harmful effects of air-

plane noise are in the same league as other well-document-

ed environmental hazards. Exposure to secondhand smoke

in homes or bars, for example, raises the risk of hospitaliza-

tion for heart disease by 4.2 percent. Two key constituents

of air pollution—ozone and fine particulate matter—raise the

same risk by 4.2 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.

Dominici should know—she made all these calcula-

tions across a raft of studies since the 1990s, painting with

biostatistics an otherwise unseen picture of commonplace

dangers. “I like the fact that with data and rigorous math-

ematics and statistical methods, you can address very inter-

esting questions that cannot be addressed otherwise,” she

says. “You can tease out hidden associations.”

Her latest study—the first to analyze noise exposure in

large populations near multiple airports—was published

alongside a separate BMJ report by British researchers,

which showed that residents around London’s Heathrow

Airport who are buffeted by the highest levels of daytime

and nighttime aircraft noise suffered higher risks of hospital-

ization and death from stroke, coronary heart disease, and

cardiovascular disease.

Adding urgency to the findings, experts predict increas-

ing airline traffic, especially in countries with emerging

economies and in the rising number of megacities across the

globe. But public health worries about noise are not confined

to the skies. Around the world, noise pollution is steadily

rising with population growth, urbanization, and a flood of

mobile devices.

According to Dominici, the cacophony that pervades our

lives—from garbage trucks and construction to leaf blowers

and wind turbines to iPods and booming car stereos—may

be taking a physical and mental toll that scientists are only

beginning to comprehend. The science of secondhand

noise, a modern airborne pollutant, may be at the same

stage as the science of secondhand smoke 60 years ago.


Traditionally, science begins with questions—around which

researchers design a study, gather volunteers, collect data,

and ultimately arrive at answers. Long-term Cadillac-quality

studies cost tens of millions of dollars.

Dominici’s report was inspired not by a question, but by

fortuitous access to two giant administrative information sets

from 2009. One was Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

data on geographic patterns of aircraft noise, broken down

by census block. The other was Dominici’s bank of informa-

tion on more than 48 million people enrolled in Medicare,

the federal health insurance program that covers some 90

percent of elderly Americans, of whom 6 million live close to

a major airport. Included in Dominici’s rich data set: residen-

tial zip codes and hospitalization reports. In an era of intense

competition for research dollars, the FAA offered Dominici

and Levy very modest funding to figure out the best study

that could be done with thin bankrolling.

Dominici says her latest study “opens a whole series of questions about what exposure to noise does to your system generally. You may be adapting in your mind, but not in your body.”

A SHORT HISTORY OF NOISE “Because their wheels clattered on paving stones, chariots in ancient Rome were banned from the streets at night to prevent the noise that disrupted sleep and caused annoyance to the citizens. Centuries later, some cities in Medieval Europe either banned horse-drawn carriages and horses from the streets at night or covered the stone streets with straw to reduce noise and to ensure peaceful sleep for the residents. In more recent times in Philadelphia, the framers of our Constitution covered nearby cobblestone streets with earth to prevent noise-induced interruptions in their important work.”

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“I like to make analogies with food,” says Dominici. “On

the one hand, you might decide one night to cook a wonder-

ful meal. You find a recipe and you buy the best ingredients.

On the other hand, you might open the fridge, grab whatever

is on the shelves—and end up with a better meal than one

you might have carefully planned from the start. That’s what

happened with this study. We used aircraft noise data from

the FAA, health data from the Center for Medicare Services,

and air pollution data from the Web—to make sure we

weren’t confounding the effects of noise pollution with those

of air pollution. We cooked it all together. And we came up

with a beautiful meal.”


What happens to the body under the onslaught of noise?

It reacts with a fight-or-flight response. Blood pressure

rises, heart rate accelerates, stress hormones surge. All of

these conditions can be precursors to cardiovascular disease.

Even at levels not harmful to hearing, our bodies subcon-

sciously perceive noise as a danger signal—including when

we are fast asleep. Likewise, our physiology is triggered

even though we may have become mentally acclimated to

the sonic intrusion.

The effects are not limited to adults. A 1990s study looked

at children in Munich, during a period when the city’s airport

was moved to a new location—a perfect natural experiment

A LOVE OF NUMBERS Francesca Dominici traces her passion for biostatistics to a love for numbers that reaches back to childhood.

Today, she specializes in separating signal from noise in big data sets—“noise,” in this case, referring to the

false or irrelevant data in which meaningful information can be buried. She has studied environments where

people are deluged with many toxic exposures at once—from air pollution and cigarette smoke to the deadly

brew of chemicals deployed on the battlefield—and has disentangled the effects of each. Among the complex

subjects of her curiosity: Gulf War syndrome, Agent Orange use in the Vietnam War, the 2010 Gulf of Mexico

oil blowout, exposure to low-level radio frequencies from military radar, blast exposures in war, and others.

“My expertise is in dealing with large, messy data sets, integrating them and trying to extract meaningful

conclusions,” she says. Her first groundbreaking study, published in 2000 in the New England Journal of

Medicine, showed that even a moderate shift in fine airborne particulate, from sources such as automobiles

and industrial smokestacks, has measurable daily effects on a community’s death rate. Looking forward, she

hopes to fashion statistical models that predict how climate change and its ensuing shifts in pollution will

alter human health.

As the world becomes more intricately connected, the repercussions of ignoring the secrets behind big data

are serious, says Dominici. “How many more deaths and hospitalizations will occur if we don’t act now?”

for gauging the public health effects of intrusive sound.

Among children exposed to higher levels of jet roar before

the airport was moved, stress hormones were higher and

memory and reading comprehension lower. Their scores im-

proved when the airport was moved—but the children newly

exposed to the racket overhead began suffering the same

deleterious effects.

“Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconve-

nience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of

people everywhere,” William Stewart, U.S. surgeon general

in the late 1960s, prophetically remarked.

As Dominici and others have since shown, people who

are bombarded daily by noise and seemingly inured to it

may be suffering chronic biological stress of which they are

completely unaware. And the damage may accrue over a

lifetime. “It opens a whole series of questions about what

exposure to noise does to your system,” says Dominici. “You

may be adapting in your mind, but not in your body.”


In Dominici’s study, 23 percent of the Medicare recipients

were exposed to noise greater than 55 decibels—but this

group accounted for fully half of the hospitalizations. If

aircraft noise in the high-decibel locations were reduced

from 55 to 45 decibels, it could result in 9,000 fewer hospital

admissions annually for cardiovascular problems.

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For the past 100 years, donors to Harvard School of Public Health have stepped in at pivotal moments to fund the people, ideas, and infrastructure needed to make life-saving discoveries and innovations possible. From polio to AIDS, from workplace safety to improving the delivery of humanitarian relief, from obesity prevention to air flight safety—the stories of how donors have emerged from the most unlikely places or at the most difficult times are a fascinating and integral part of the School’s history.


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Further building expansion did not occur until after the

Depression and World War II, when the School acquired

a 40,000-square-foot building on Huntington Avenue

that had housed the Huntington Memorial Hospital. By

the 1950s, the whole country was on a building spree.

Robert Moses was reshaping New York City; the Interstate

Highway System was being built; Americans fled to new

suburban subdivisions in droves; and the School’s faculty

and student enrollment had more than doubled. Lamenting

the overcrowding in “two old, reconstructed hospital

buildings” that belonged to the School, HSPH Dean James

Stevens Simmons proposed a $6.5 million construction

program in 1949 (about $64 million in today’s dollars).

Simmons died of a heart attack in 1954 and didn’t get

to see the School’s physical transformation. His successor,

John C. Snyder, after whom the auditorium in the Kresge

Building is named, would become the master builder of the


HSPH’s first permanent home was a former infants’ hospital, its nursery converted into a recreation room for students.

TAt Harvard School of Public Health, groundbreaking

ideas have always depended on breaking ground—that

is, on buildings. The eight students who enrolled in the

Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers in 1913 criss-

crossed between Boston and Cambridge to take classes,

long before shuttle buses made that relatively easy. They

studied at Harvard Medical School, at MIT—then located

in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood—or in Harvard’s

sanitary engineering department in Cambridge. Sunday

afternoon teas at the home of founder George Whipple

provided the far-flung campus’s social life.

Looking back a century later, we might consider the

School of that era more of a virtual organization, though

significantly more difficult to run without computers,

websites, and smartphones. Thankfully, a $1.8 million gift

in 1922 from the Rockefeller Foundation—the equivalent

of $27.8 million today—combined with $1 million from

Harvard University, made it possible for the School to

acquire an impressive new home at 55 Shattuck Street.

Originally built as an infants’ hospital to commemorate

the child of the first full professor of pediatrics at Harvard,

the edifice was an admirably handsome marble structure

with a columned portico and a large foyer. The nursery

of the hospital was converted to a recreation room for

students. Located just down the street from the medical

school’s even grander administrative building, it was in the

heart of what is now Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.


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A. Building

B. School of Public Health building #1

C. School of Public Health building #2

D. School of Public Health building #3

E. School of Dental Medicine

F. Dental School Annex

G. Medical School E.Q.R.F.

H. 180 Longwood Avenue

I. Treadwell Library

J. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy



School and the person most responsible for the physical

campus we know today.

Seed money for what were to become Buildings 1 and

2 came from the Rockefeller Foundation: $275,000 of a

$500,000 grant for the study of radiological health was

earmarked for construction and equipment. General Foods

in 1960 gave $1.03 million ($8.1 million in today’s dollars)

for the Nutritional Research Laboratories, which would be

housed in these buildings. This was a stunning amount—at

the time, the largest corporate gift ever to any part of the

University. (In hindsight, there has been criticism that the

nutrition department of that era might have been too close

to the food industry.) Federal funding was also an essential

piece of the pie; the Health Research Facilities Branch of

the National Institutes of Health awarded the School two

grants totaling $1.45 million (nearly $12 million today)

toward the buildings’ nutrition and environmental hygiene

research facilities.


By the beginning of 1966, Snyder’s ambitious building

program was on shaky ground, however. The first four

floors of Building 1 had been occupied in anticipation of

adding 11 more floors later. But the School hadn’t come

up with the matching funds for grants from the federal

government, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Kresge

Foundation. About $4 million (nearly $29 million today)

was at stake. Here was another turning point where

philanthropy made the difference.

Snyder, who, as a young bacteriologist, had worked on

typhus control in the Middle East, set his sights on govern-

ments there and on companies that did business in the

region. He threw himself into the pursuit of funds so the

building could be finished—and by the end of the year,

disaster had been averted. The governments of four Middle

Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, and

Bahrain—pledged a total of $816,000, about $5.7 million

today. Forty corporations promised another $612,000 (or

$4.3 million in today’s equivalent). Among the donors

listed on the program for the 1969 dedication ceremony of

the completed Building 1 was Aristotle Onassis, the Greek

shipping tycoon and husband of former first lady Jacqueline

Kennedy Onassis.


The road to a completed Sebastian S. Kresge Building was

also a rocky one. Snyder and other School officials had

planned an impressive modern educational facility, with a

“comprehensive communications system” featuring exten-

sive use of audiovisual services, television, and computer-

assisted instruction. A federal grant of about $7 million

($44 million today) would cover more than half of the

cost. When the Kellogg Foundation contributed $1 million

toward the project in 1969 ($6.5 million today) and the

Mellon Foundation another $250,000 ($1.6 million today),

the fundraising seemed adequate.

But later that year, the “School received a dreadful

shock,” Snyder wrote in the annual Dean’s Report.

Construction costs for the education building had jumped

to $16 million from $12 million, and because of tax issues,

a gift of Florida real estate that the School and Snyder were

counting on to bankroll the building was worth $1.5 million

instead of the original estimate of $4 million. The situation

looked dire—and catastrophically embarrassing—until the

Kresge Foundation agreed to contribute $2.6 million ($16.5

million today) in exchange for the naming rights.


At the dedication of the Kresge Building in May 1975,

the president of the foundation, William Baldwin, told the

audience that he had gone to summer camp in northern

Michigan with Thomas Weller, the powerful chair of the

Department of Tropical Medicine who had shared in the

1954 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. “I remember

When construction estimates for the Kresge building jumped, the situation looked dire—until generous donors stepped in.

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A. Building

B. School of Public Health building #1

C. School of Public Health building #2

D. School of Public Health building #3

E. School of Dental Medicine

F. Dental School Annex

G. Medical School E.Q.R.F.

H. 180 Longwood Avenue

I. Treadwell Library

J. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy


NorthTom as that towheaded kid who used to hang around the

nature hut,” recalled Baldwin. “As the twig is bent, so is

the tree inclined!”

For the next 15 years, the School’s basic physical

dimensions stayed roughly the same, and fundraising

concerns shifted to bolstering the endowment. In 1992,

the construction hiatus ended when Countess Albina du

Boisrouvray made a $20 million gift to build the François-

Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building, named for her son, who

had died in a helicopter accident when he was 24 (see

“Her Fortune for the Children,” page 24).


While Harvard Medical School and hospitals around HSPH

expanded significantly over the next 20 years, HSPH’s

building aspirations were met instead by renting space.

Today, the School’s activities are housed in the four main

buildings it has owned for decades—Buildings 1 and 2,

Kresge, and FXB—and an amalgamation of other rented

facilities that range from storefronts on Huntington Avenue

to a refurbished Catholic school in nearby Mission Hill.

Plans for a potential move of some or all of the School’s

work to significant permanent space on Harvard’s

proposed new Allston campus were stalled by the “Great

Recession” that began in 2008. But with buildings and

facilities showing their age, the challenge is only growing.

As the School enters its second century, its infra-

structure priorities are broad and ambitious. Faculty and

students engaged in 21st-century learning and research

need 21st-century facilities and technologies to accomplish

their goals. There is a focus on redesigning classrooms to

meet the needs of today’s public health education—not

unlike the vision for the Kresge Building in the 1960s.

Hearkening back to the early days of a “virtual” School

dispersed around the city, HSPH is investing in massive

open online courses via HarvardX. (Ronay and Richard

Menschel, MBA ’59, are among those who have made

generous contributions to these endeavors; see page 29.)

And as scientific advances make it possible to generate

giant banks of information, technological resources are

critical for translating “big data” into meaningful public

health interventions.

And so, just as constructive research over the past 100

years has required construction of places and spaces in

which scientific discovery can bloom, the same will likely

hold true in the next century as well.

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Above: the Laboratory of Human Environmental Epigenomics. HSPH faculty and students engaged in 21st-century learning and research need 21st-century facilities and technologies to accomplish their goals.

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in factories and other workplaces. In 1918, one of the first

major gifts to benefit the School totaled $125,000—equal

to $1.93 million today—from a group of New England

manufacturers to establish courses for factory physicians

in the field of industrial hygiene.


Decades later, a postwar boom in air travel led to a $250,000

gift (about $2 million today) from the Guggenheim Fund

in 1957 to create the Center for Aviation Health and Safety,

led by Ross McFarland, a renowned expert on the effects

of altitude and fatigue on pilots. McFarland studied how

oxygen deprivation can cloud judgment, evaluated the size

and illumination of instrument panels on planes to see if

they were legible at extreme speeds, and worked with Pan

American Airlines to study pilot fatigue on long flights.

The warning still heard on every commercial airline flight—

“In the unlikely event of a drop in cabin pressure…”—is the

result of research conducted by McFarland and his team.


The catalytic effect of private philanthropy on government

investment is perhaps nowhere more evident than in HIV/

AIDS research. When the AIDS epidemic exploded in the

early 1980s, the U.S. government was slow to react. It was

private philanthropy that underwrote the earliest efforts

to slow and prevent the infection. With critical gifts from

philanthropists such as Maurice Tempelsman and Mary

Woodard Lasker, the School was able to respond to the

epidemic and established the Harvard AIDS Institute in

1988, bringing disparate AIDS research efforts around

the University under one roof.

HSPH was also a timely leader in research and preven-

tion of AIDS in Africa, thanks to Deeda Blair, a volunteer

and donor who introduced Tempelsman and the many busi-

ness and government contacts he had in Africa to the School.

In 1985, while working as a graduate student in the Essex

laboratory, Phyllis Kanki, SD ’85, now professor of immu-

nology and infectious diseases, discovered a previously

unknown form of the human immunodeficiency virus



IIn 1928, the New York Consolidated Gas Company gave

HSPH’s Philip Drinker $500 (about $6,800 in today’s

dollars) to develop a breathing device that could save people

injured by electric shocks and gas leaks. Working with

colleague Louis Agassiz Shaw, Drinker built an early proto-

type of the machine that would become known as the iron

lung—an invention that went on to far exceed the original

mission, saving the lives of thousands of people stricken by

polio. Put simply, a timely and enlightened investment in

public health changed the world.

This story is just one illustration of the myriad ways

gifts from private donors, combined with government

funding, have ignited lifesaving—and world-changing—

ideas and discoveries at Harvard School of Public Health.


During the School’s early history, perilous and unhealthy

working conditions in factories had become a national

concern. The School’s flagship program was “industrial

hygiene”—the study of the health effects of working condi-

tions—and faculty members Alice Hamilton, Cecil Drinker,

and David Edsall pioneered the study of toxic exposures

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(HIV), which causes AIDS. While HIV-1 is responsible for

most infections in the United States, the form of the virus

that Kanki discovered, HIV-2, predominates in West Africa

and is less virulent than HIV-1—qualities that lend it scien-

tific interest.

In 2000, Kanki won a $25 million grant from the

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study AIDS in Nigeria.

In 2003, President George W. Bush, MBA ’75, announced

the $15 billion President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Over the next 10 years, HSPH received a total of approxi-

mately $390 million from PEPFAR for work in Nigeria,

Botswana, and Tanzania, largely led by Kanki; it was the

largest government grant in Harvard University’s history.


As the HIV/AIDS history makes clear, government funding

has been critical to public health progress. That said, in an

era of budgetary constraints and fiscal uncertainty, private

philanthropy is an increasingly important complement,

fueling early research and on-the-ground progress in areas

of pressing need.

One of these areas is nutrition and obesity. In 2003,

Paul Finnegan, AB ’75, MBA ’82, and his wife Mary

Finnegan made a gift of $250,000 to provide seed money

for two initiatives—one to uncover possible genetic links

between obesity and asthma, the other to fund a program

by Steven Gortmaker, director of the HSPH Prevention

Research Center, to develop new curricula that teachers

in after-school programs, as well as coaches and staff in

school athletic programs and summer camps, can use to

improve nutrition and physical activity in youth. In 2006,

Harvard College alumna Penny Pritzker, AB ’81, and her

husband, Bryan Traubert—the parents of two healthy,

active adolescents—pledged $5 million to launch an initia-

tive to promote health and prevent obesity among children

nationwide through the Donald and Sue Pritzker Nutrition

and Fitness Initiative, named to honor Pritzker’s parents.

Eight years later, those investments have paid—and

continue to pay—extraordinary dividends.

A joint effort of HSPH and the YMCA, the initiative

has enjoyed many successes, including the evidence-

based “Food and Fun” curriculum. The program has

been found to boost children’s physical activity levels and

increase their time spent doing moderate and vigorous

exercise. The YMCA after-school project evaluation

found that children in intervention sites raised their daily

energy expenditure by 25 calories per day through more

exercise programs—an impressive 24 percent increase.

In 2010, Food and Fun After School was used by 700 Ys

nationwide, and is estimated to have reached more than

28,000 children through the Y alone.

A dramatic expansion is now under way, which

includes the introduction of Food and Fun into 120 out-of-

school programs in Boston through a collaboration with

the Boston Public Health Commission, among other new

partnerships. The initiative is also exploring a possible

collaboration with HarvardX, the University’s online

learning platform, to further disseminate the curriculum

and its proven benefits.

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Her Fortune for the Children


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In 1992, Countess Albina du Boisrouvray gave $20 million

to the School to establish the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB)

Center for Health and Human Rights. Her gift included

sufficient funds to construct the FXB building—in which the

Center is housed—and to endow the FXB Professorship to

lead the center’s work. All were named for her son, who died

in a helicopter accident when he was 24.

The gift—which is the largest the School has ever

received and dramatically enhanced the School’s capacity to

help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable—was inspired

by Jonathan Mann, MPH ’80, when he was the crusading

leader of the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health

Organization before joining the HSPH faculty in 1990.

“To me he was a warrior fighting against AIDS at large,

standing for health and human rights, committed to rescue

the discriminated, the most destitute, the most vulnerable

ones,” the French countess-turned-activist-and-philanthropist


Through the lens of Mann’s work, du Boisrouvray saw a

critical need to focus on the world’s most vulnerable children

with the goal of making real the children’s rights spelled out

in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including

the right to survival; to develop to the fullest potential; to

protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation;

and to participate fully in family, cultural, and social life.

“Investing in children and youth is investing in peace and

security,” she says.

Described by Time magazine as an “alchemist” who trans-

muted private pain and personal wealth into a commitment

to help tens of millions of AIDS orphans and other vulner-

able children, du Boisrouvray was the grandchild of “Bolivian

King of Tin” Simón Patiño, reputed to be one of the world’s

wealthiest men at the time of her birth. After a glamorous

career in journalism and film production, the tragic death

of her only son changed everything. “My son was a rescue

pilot. My job was to carry on his work at a different level, of

rescuing people in distress, of course, within my capacity,”

she explained in a 2003 interview.

In 1989, du Boisrouvray sold off three-quarters of her

large inherited fortune and launched the Association

François-Xavier Bagnoud, headquartered in Switzerland.

Three years later came her transformative gift to HSPH,

which resulted in what she describes as the world’s first

academic center for health and human rights.

Du Boisrouvray’s inspiration, Jonathan Mann, was the

first person to hold the FXB Professorship in Health and

Human Rights and to direct the FXB Center. Today, both of

those positions are held by Jennifer Leaning, a physician

and expert in public health and rights-based responses to

humanitarian crises, who is pushing ahead on an agenda of

what she calls “action-oriented research.” (Stephen Marks,

former director of the FXB Center, also currently holds the

FXB Professorship in Health and Human Rights.) A particular

focus of the center’s current work is the plight of the world’s

most vulnerable children and adolescents—a group Leaning

calls “the bottom billion,” noting that of the world’s 7 billion

people, 2.2 billion are under age 18, with half of this group

living in extreme poverty.

Within this young, disenfranchised population are those

in need of protection from harm and those on the quest,

“My son was a rescue pilot. My job was to carry on his work at a different level, of rescuing people in distress, of course, within my capacity.” —Countess Albina du Boisrouvray

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against very steep odds, for a sense that they

can control the events in their lives. The FXB

Center has launched initiatives with the aim

of bringing meaningful policy improvements

within two to three years of the start of each

project. Current initiatives focus on children

under 18 who are trafficked in the U.S. and

elsewhere for labor or sex; war-affected chil-

dren and youth in refugee settings and camps

for the internally displaced; children whose

mothers die in a subsequent childbirth; and

children in families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Other projects collaborate with partners

to engage the Roma in Eastern and Central

Europe; to address the vast unmet need for

rural girls in India to attain secondary and

higher education; and to create high-level

international policy interventions that promote

rights-based approaches to reproductive health.

As for the Countess, more than 20 years

after her gift, her passion continues unabated.

Along with remaining an active presence in the

work of the FXB Center and related activities

around the world, she was the driving force

behind the book The Cost of Inaction: Case

Studies from Rwanda and Angola, published

in 2012, in which Oxford economist Sudhir

Anand and his coauthors introduced a method

to determine the true (and astronomical) costs

of failing to help the world’s poorest children.

“There’s so much to do,” says du Boisrou-

vray. “But as I look at the women and children

on field trips, I get the energy to go on.”


Farther afield, private philanthropic support is contributing to the

growth and development of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

(HHI), which, in the words of a glowing Boston Magazine article,

“combines data-driven research, new technology, and fieldwork

into a single academy designed to build a better humanitarian.”

HHI’s mission is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by

advancing the science and practice of humanitarian responses—in

crises ranging from earthquakes and tsunamis to terrorism and

war. A key focus is educating and training the next generation of

humanitarian leaders—who will serve both on the frontlines and

in the highest reaches of government. By improving the speed and

efficiency of disaster responses, such training also averts billions

of dollars of well-intentioned humanitarian aid from being wasted.

Through HHI, for example, students can participate in a simu-

lated humanitarian crisis—such as a Darfur-like battlefield

complete with a simulated flood—designed to help them function

in actual disasters. The goal is to create formal institutions to

foster best practices and help the world’s 250,000 aid workers

avoid their predecessors’ mistakes—mistakes that have all too

often resulted in aid workers worsening the very situation they are

seeking to improve.

So compelling was the HHI vision that it inspired Jonathan

Lavine, MBA ’92, managing partner of Sankaty Advisors, and

his wife, Jeannie Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92, to make a $5 million

gift in 2012—far above what HHI Director Michael VanRooyen

originally requested. Through the Lavine Family Humanitarian

Studies Initiative, 250 or more students each year will delve into

the public health specialty of humanitarian aid, with access to

courses, simulated trainings in rural and urban settings, and

case studies.

“We were blown away by what Michael VanRooyen is doing

to address some of the world’s biggest problems,” said Jonathan

Lavine, who, with his wife, is chairing the School’s current

$450 million capital campaign. “Effective management practices

are critical in the effort to systematically alleviate humanitarian

problems all over the world.”

Donors have partnered with HSPH to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable—from adolescents living in extreme poverty to people struggling in the aftermath of an earthquake.

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ATHE CAPACITY OF FINANCIAL AID TO TRANSFORM MILLIONS OF LIVESAfter graduating first in her class from medical school in

Afghanistan in 1991, Suraya Dalil, MPH ’05, embarked on

a long-planned career in general surgery—until a grave-

yard filled with children who had died from measles set

her on a different path.

“I had never studied this in medical school,” Dalil

recalls. “I’d never expected to see a graveyard for hundreds

of children who had died within a few weeks from this

preventable, treatable disease. That event inspired me.

That is how I shifted my path to a career in public health.”

Today, Dalil is minister of public health in Afghanistan,

a role she prepared for through studying at Harvard School

of Public Health. It was a transformative experience—

and possible only because of the award of a full-tuition

Presidential Scholarship from Harvard University.

“When I went home I was a different person,” says

Dalil, who received her master’s degree in health care

management in 2005. “Along with knowledge, the School

gave me inspiration and confidence.”

Dalil’s story—like so many others—reflects the critical

importance of financial aid throughout the School’s history

in creating public health leaders. From the School’s founding

in 1913—when fees were a mere $250 (the inflation-

adjusted equivalent of roughly $5,898 today)—financial

aid has been a pressing need. In its second year, when only

seven students were admitted, the leaders of what was then

known as the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers

asked University and MIT officials for scholarship money,

but to no avail. Instead, students with financial needs

received credit toward the School’s certificate—degrees

weren’t awarded till 1923—if they worked in public posi-

tions during the second semester.


During the Great Depression, the School’s enrollment

dwindled to around half of what was considered optimal,

with School officials ascribing the student shortfall to the

mismatch between the expense of public health education

and the low salaries students would earn after completing

their studies. That asymmetry still exists today and is one

of the reasons student aid has long topped the School’s

funding priorities.

“I would hope no student who comes here would ever

have to worry about survival as they seek to spend time

studying, learning, and interacting with the faculty and

students.” Those words came from former Dean Barry

Bloom, who led the School from 1998 to 2008 and is now

the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public

Health. As dean, Bloom made increased student aid his

highest priority—a stance adopted by his successor,

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“I never expected to see a graveyard for hundreds of children who had died… from this preventable, treatable disease. That event inspired me to shift my path to a career in public health.”

—Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health, Afghanistan,

and Harvard scholarship recipient

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Today’s biggest philanthropy supports HSPH work in infectious diseases, safe childbirth, maternal health

Much like the Rockefeller Foundation, which helped set the direction of public

health in the early 20th century by supporting infectious disease eradica-

tion efforts and the training of public health officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation has shaped the landscape of public health in the late 20th and early

21st centuries, investing in such areas as vaccine development and women’s

and children’s health. This mission includes important grants to Harvard School

of Public Health—from research that could lead to a malaria vaccine to tubercu-

losis and cervical cancer control policy development to a groundbreaking study

on the global burden of disease. At the end of 2013, Gates Foundation grants to

HSPH over the years totaled more than $94 million.

Among the most significant of these grants are:


In 2011, the foundation awarded a $14.1 million, four-year grant to test the effec-

tiveness of a checklist-based childbirth safety program with a randomized trial

in 120 hospitals in India. A pilot study of the program—developed in conjunction

with the World Health Organization by Atul Gawande, MD ’94, MPH ’99, HSPH professor of health

policy and management and a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital—dramatically

improved health workers’ adherence to hand hygiene and other essential clinical practices.


The foundation has supported HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at the School with grants that include

$25 million awarded in 2000 to create the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN). Founded and

led by Phyllis Kanki, SD ’85, professor of immunology and infectious diseases, with local partners,

this program trained clinicians and developed systems of care that continue to play a significant

role in supporting HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention efforts in the country.


A three-year, $12 million grant awarded in 2011 supports the Maternal Health Task Force—

a one-stop shop for maternal health information and research from around the world. Hosted

at HSPH under the leadership of Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and

coordinator of the Dean’s Special Initiative on Women and Health, the task force works with

maternal health organizations to support research, provide training opportunities, and disseminate

health information. It focuses on three countries struggling to improve maternal health:

Nigeria, Ethiopia, and India.

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Ccurrent Dean Julio Frenk. In recent years, this promise

has paid off, with the School repeatedly exceeding its

annual fundraising goals for student aid. In the 2013 fiscal

year, more than $2.7 million was raised, almost 30 percent

above the $2.1 million goal.

Still, this is only a fraction of what is needed. Today,

at least 65 percent of the School’s 1,212 students depend

on financial aid to cover some or all of their expenses.

With total tuition and expenses estimated at more than

$69,000 per academic year for an individual student, it’s

not surprising that a majority of HSPH students would not

be attending without substantial aid. That is especially

true of international students, who make up 35 percent

of the student population and often come from the devel-

oping world.


One of these is Panji Hadisoemarto, SD ’14, a doctoral

student from Indonesia focusing on dengue fever preven-

tion. In the beginning, HSPH struck him as an impractical

aspiration. “I thought, ‘When I go back to Indonesia, I will

make something like $300 a month—and have so much

debt!’” Hadisoemarto says. “How is that even possible?”

That question was answered in the form of a substantial

aid package—support that not only makes it possible for

Hadisoemarto to pursue his studies but also will make it

possible for him to return to a place where his talents and

skills are desperately needed.


But for every Panji Hadisoemarto or Suraya Dalil, there

are many qualified students who are unable to attend

HSPH because they lack the resources. In addition, many

HSPH graduates are forced to make tough decisions,

balancing their desire to use their talents where they are

most needed against the need to pay off student loans.

At graduation, the average debt load of an HSPH student

(including undergraduate and any other graduate student

loans) is $75,454—a daunting figure for anyone, let alone

for those who aspire to lives of public service.

In the aftermath of World War II, the federal govern-

ment pumped money into higher education, first through

the GI Bill and later in response to the Soviet launch of

the Sputnik satellite in 1957, which sparked fears that the

U.S. was losing its competitive advantage in mathematics

and science. Student aid was also part of President Lyndon

Johnson’s Great Society program during the 1960s. By the

1977–78 school year, 96 percent of the $1 million in funds

for student financial aid (not counting loans) at HSPH

came from the federal government.

The current climate is very different. While far more

aid is available than in the past, private gifts make up a

greater share of the total. During the most recent fiscal

year, the School allocated approximately $11 million to

student support, with an estimated 80 percent coming

from philanthropic giving, notes Kathryn Austin, the

School’s director of student financial services.

This donor-fueled expansion in student support has

yielded tremendous benefits, including substantial progress

toward the goal of funding tuition for all doctoral students

in their first two years, Austin says. The funding will boost

the School’s competitive advantage in attracting the world’s

best students and make it possible for more students to

attend HSPH, especially those from developing nations.

“None of our students is in this for the money,” says

Austin. “To the contrary, they are willing to come here

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Menschel Gifts Define Enlightened Philanthropy

Case-based teaching, “flipped” classrooms, and a focus on leadership skills—these

will be key changes as Harvard School of Public Health ambitiously redesigns its

educational strategy. In recent years, the effort to help future students make a dramatic

impact on public health has received critical support from the Charina Endowment

Fund and Richard L. (MBA ’59) and Ronay Menschel of New York City.

The recent $12.5 million gift from the Menschels—longtime supporters of HSPH—

establishes the Transforming Public Health Education Initiative, which enables the

School to develop innovative teaching methods, train faculty, harness new educational

technologies, and highlight fieldwork and experience-based learning.

The gift to the HSPH campaign will underwrite faculty efforts to infuse the educa-

tional experience at HSPH with more case-based and field-based “real world” learning.

It will accelerate the move toward “flipped classrooms,” in which lectures are delivered

online, thereby freeing class time for back-and-forth discussion and a focus on the

kind of problem solving that students will encounter in their careers. And it will help the School update its master’s degree

program for health professionals and create a new Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) degree.

“We support Harvard School of Public Health with our philanthropy because we believe in the importance of public health

and the opportunity to expand the knowledge and skill sets of future public health leaders through the use of technology and

case studies,” said Ronay Menschel.

Added Richard Menschel, “Improving learning leads to better-prepared students who can more successfully address the

major public health issues facing the world today.”

The Menschels have made HSPH one of their top philanthropic priorities for more than 20 years. Since 1989, they

have made gifts in general support of the School’s efforts, as well as in focused areas such as health communications; AIDS,

cancer, and infectious diseases research; and improving the humanitarian response to emergencies around the world.

In another gift, the Menschels have provided $2.5 million for Ariadne Labs, a joint initiative of HSPH and Brigham and

Women’s Hospital headed by HSPH’s Atul Gawande, to improve health systems performance globally.

The Menschels have also established key professorships and fellowships at the School. The Richard L. and Ronay A.

Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows Program, launched in 2012, brings high-level leaders in government, nonprofits,

and journalism to HSPH for three months to share their expertise. The Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowships—for which six

students are chosen each year to receive $20,000 on the basis of need and merit—were established with support from

the Menschels in 2007.

Professorships endowed by the Menschels include the Harvey V. Fineberg Professorship of Public Health, established

in 2005 in honor of the former dean of the School and Harvard provost, which is currently held by professor of biostatistics

Nan Laird; and the Richard L. Menschel Professorship in Public Health, created in 2011 and held in tandem with the director-

ship of the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development, and currently held by Robert Blendon, senior associ-

ate dean for policy translation and leadership development.

Richard and Ronay Menschel reside in Manhattan, where Richard is a senior director at Goldman Sachs and Ronay serves

as chairwoman of Phipps Houses and The Trust for Governors Island. Over the years, the Menschels have shared their

generosity with several Harvard schools and programs. Richard Menschel has also held many leadership roles with Harvard,

including national co-chair of the Harvard University Campaign from 1992 to 1999, service on the University Campaign Execu-

tive Committee, and honorary co-chair of the forthcoming HSPH Capital Campaign. He is a recipient of the Harvard Medal.

Richard Menschel sees his gifts to HSPH as long-term investments with wide repercussions. “Better educated public

health leaders,” he said, “have the capacity to improve the health of us all.”

Left: Kent D

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Richard L. and Ronay Menschel

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and often assume debt because they believe they can go

out and make a difference. It is such a relief for students to

know that they will be able to do what they came here to

do. That’s what donors can give them.”

When such support is available, it changes lives, adds

Austin. “An alum now working in the developing world

recently wrote me to see if I could put her in touch with

the donor who funded her scholarship, so she could tell

them what an impact that support made on her life.”


The hardest part of her job? Counseling an exhausted

student who is working three jobs to avoid becoming

saddled with debt that would derail career goals. “Students

will cry,” Austin says. “They will say, ‘I don’t know how

I’m going to do this.’”

In the end, says Austin, it’s important to keep in mind

that scholarship aid is about more than helping students

fulfill their dreams—it’s also about having a direct, measur-

able long-term impact on the global health environment.

Consider Yvette Roubideaux, MPH ’97, who in

2009 became the first female director of the U.S. Indian

Health Service, where her goals include addressing

chronic diseases and their causes, including diabetes and

obesity, in Native Americans. “If we could reduce the

obesity problem, that would make a huge dent in health

disparities,” she said in a 2010 interview. A member of

the Rosebud Sioux tribe, Roubideaux had graduated

from Harvard Medical School and spent four years in

clinical practice when she enrolled at HSPH with support

from what was then the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard

University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

“We are doing our best to get people into the world

to help make it a better, healthier place,” says Austin.

“It’s only going to get better if we have money to help

more students.”

FACULTY + PHILANTHROPY = BETTER HEALTH FOR MILLIONSIn 1914, Henry Lee Higginson, founder of the Boston

Symphony Orchestra and a leading philanthropist of the

day, pledged $5,000 annually for five years to support the

salary of Richard Pearson Strong, an intrepid investigator

of tropical diseases and one of Harvard School of Public

Health’s original faculty members. It may not sound like

much—until you consider that $5,000 in 1914 equals

approximately $117,000 in today’s dollars. Moreover, it laid

the groundwork for what would become the School’s first

named chair: The Richard Pearson Strong Professorship,

which had its origins in the 1927 offer of $100,000—more

than $1.3 million in today’s dollars—from an anonymous

“friend and admirer of Richard P. Strong.”

The Strong Professorship was ultimately established as

a permanent position in 1938, and since then its occupants

have racked up an extraordinary list of accomplishments.

The chair’s notable incumbents include virologist Thomas

Weller, who shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physiology or

Medicine for the discovery of a way to grow polio virus in

nerve tissue cultures, making possible the development of

the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines. Along with being a bril-

liant researcher, Weller was also an adroit, tough-minded

administrator who, during his 27 years as chair, spear-

headed development of the Department of Tropical Health,

predecessor to the current Department of Immunology

and Infectious Diseases.

Today’s Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious

Diseases, Dyann Wirth, is a renowned tropical disease

expert, director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, and a

key leader in Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the

Globe, a University-wide initiative committed to eradi-

cating the life-threatening disease that imperils almost

half the world’s population and is especially dangerous to

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significant challenges, Wirth and her colleagues from

diverse sectors and regions around the world continue to

push ahead, building on a decade of progress in combating

the disease. “Harvard is the perfect place to stimulate

thinking about malaria as a complex but solvable problem,”

says Wirth, who chairs the School’s Department of

Immunology and Infectious Diseases.


While all HSPH faculty must raise funds through research

grants from the National Institutes of Health and other

sources to sustain their scientific work, endowed professor-

ships such as Wirth’s give faculty members more time to

focus on research, teaching, and other activities central to

their mission. The professorships leverage the extraordi-

nary talents of people such as Michelle Williams, SM ’88,

SD ’91, a pioneering researcher in the area of reproductive

health, whose work focuses on potentially fatal pregnancy

complications. Williams’ research combines genomics and

epidemiological methods to pinpoint risk factors, diag-

nostic markers, treatments, and prevention for disorders

such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which

contribute to maternal and infant mortality.

As the School’s first Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of

Public Health, Williams continues her cutting-edge

research while also serving as chair of the Department

of Epidemiology. “I hope that her work can save lives,”

says Stephen Kay, AB ’56, MBA ’58, who established the

endowed professorship with the simple but profound goal

of alleviating sickness and reducing deaths.


Along with supporting the work of established experts,

endowed professorships can also create priceless oppor-

tunities for younger researchers—as the C. Boyden Gray

Associate Professorship of Health Policy and Law did in

2007 for then-junior-professor Michelle Mello, whose

scholarly agenda spans the worlds of law, ethics, and

public health. The annual support gave Mello the time and

freedom to delve into “morally complex” policy and legal

issues in the public health arena, including those related to

the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient

safety, research ethics, and pharmaceutical regulations.

She is now a full professor of law and public health.

To the man who funded the professorship, Mello was a

perfect choice. “They couldn’t have picked a better person,”

says Harvard College alumnus C. Boyden Gray, AB ’64,

whose impressive résumé includes stints as Ambassador to

the European Union and service as White House counsel

to President George H.W. Bush.

For all their critical importance, endowed professor-

ships remain in short supply at HSPH. Today, fewer than

40 percent of senior professorships, and just over a quarter

of all faculty positions, are endowed—a marked contrast

to the University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where

two-thirds of tenured professorships are endowed. Looking

ahead, the School hopes to change this, aiming to endow

at least one junior and one full professorship in each of its

nine departments. v

A 100-year legacy of infectious disease milestones—from polio to malaria—started with a $25,000 gift to fund a single professor.

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Left to right: Stephen B. Kay; Michelle Williams, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health; and HSPH Dean Julio Frenk

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Harvard School of Public Health has set an ambitious goal of raising $450 million by 2018.

Launched on the occasion of the School’s centennial, the Campaign is designed to build on

100 years of scientific discovery and real-world impact. “True to the nature of the School,”

observed Campaign co-chair Jonathan S. Lavine, MBA ’92, “this Campaign is focused not

just on a set of internal institutional priorities, but on how the School can make a difference

in the world.”

The Campaign, announced formally in October 2013, will focus on advancing research,

building infrastructure, and supporting the work of students and faculty to address four

urgent global health threats:


“We will transform the Harvard School of Public Health, but more important, equip the School

for even greater impact over the next 100 years,” said Lavine.

The School’s Campaign is part of the five-year, $6.5 billion University-wide Harvard Cam-

paign. For HSPH, the October announcement marked the end of a two-year “quiet phase,” during

which the School raised $167 million for such critical goals as student financial aid, endowed

professorships, and research programs.

“I believe that Harvard School of Public Health succeeds so often because people here are not

rigid in their thinking,” said Lavine at the centennial gala and Campaign launch event in October.

OLD AND NEW PANDEMICS: developing tools to reverse killer diseases, from AIDS and malaria to

diabetes and asthma

HARMFUL PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS: preventing pollution, promoting healthier

lifestyles and communities

POVERTY AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES: advancing health as a human right

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“Instead, they allow the nature of the complex, life-and-death problems

they deal with to shape their approach to finding solutions. These problems

demand solutions that cross boundaries, break some rules, and go beyond the

conventional. They also demand a kind of stubborn optimism.”

Co-chairs Jonathan Lavine and Jeannie Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92, are joined

by Richard L. Menschel, MBA ’59, and Ronay Menschel as honorary co-chairs of

the Campaign for Harvard School of Public Health.

CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE(as of December 16, 2013)

Jonathan S. Lavine, MBA ’92, Co-Chair

Jeannie Bachelor Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92, Co-Chair

Richard Menschel, MBA ’59 Honorary Co-Chair

Ronay Menschel, Honorary Co-Chair

Katherine States Burke, AB ’79

Gerald Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79

Mike M. Donatelli, AB ’79, JD ’81

Timothy Johnson, MPH ’76

Stephen Kay, AB ’56, MBA’58

Matthew McLennan

Monika McLennan

Kristin Williams Mugford, AB ’89, MBA ’93

Roslyn Payne, MBA ’70

Deborah Rose, SM ’75

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10

Katherine Vogelheim

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Harmful Physical

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Endowed professorshipsScholars & scholarships

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Gift Report

Our supporter lists—including a complete list of

alumni donors to the School—are available online at


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For Harvard School of Public Health, which this past October joyously

celebrated its centennial and launched a $450 million fundraising

campaign, the past 100 years have been a period of momentous change,

preeminent achievement—and remarkable generosity.

This issue of Harvard Public Health is devoted in part to the history of

philanthropy at the School. The stories you’ve read here show how

small money can have a big impact, through a multiplier effect. Without

these gifts—both large and small, institutional and individual—HSPH

faculty, students, and alumni never could have made the global impact that

continues to this day. Countless lives have been saved, illnesses averted,

human possibilities expanded.

This tradition of largesse continues. In FY 2013, we received more than

$63 million in gifts. Among our most generous supporters this year have

been Richard L. Menschel, MBA ’59, and Ronay Menschel, who contributed

$12.5 million to the Transforming Public Health Education Initiative Fund,

which will support the development of innovative materials, technolo-

gies, and teaching models. The Menschels also contributed $2.5 million

to Ariadne Labs—a joint initiative of HSPH and Brigham and Women’s

Hospital, led by Atul Gawande, MD ’94, MPH ’99, professor of health policy

and management, focused on boosting health systems performance in the

U.S. and globally through such improvements as simple checklists.

Another generous supporter, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, contrib-

uted two major grants in FY 13. One, totaling more than $7.7 million, helps

support genomics-based diagnostics for the elimination and eradication

of the malaria parasite, a program under the leadership of Dyann Wirth,

chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. A second

Gates Foundation grant of nearly $5 million is aimed at improving out-

comes in Ethiopia’s primary care service delivery, an effort headed by the

School’s Peter Berman, professor of the practice of global health systems

and economics.

To all our thoughtful supporters—now and over the years to come, as

we strive to achieve our Campaign goals—I offer my deepest gratitude.

Because of your enlightened generosity, the world is a healthier place.

A Century of Good Fortune

Ellie Starr

Ellie StarrVice Dean for External Relations

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Centennial Medal & Next Generation Award Ceremony October 24, 2013

Before a standing-room-only audi-

ence, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk

presented Centennial Medals to

former U.S. President Bill Clinton;

Jim Yong Kim, MD ’91, PhD ’93,

president of the World Bank Group;

and Gro Harlem Brundtland, MPH

’65, former prime minister of Norway

and former director-general of the

World Health Organization. Chelsea

Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton

Foundation, received the inaugural

Next Generation Award.

From left, former president Bill Clinton; former WHO director-general Gro Harlem

Brundtland, MPH ’65; World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, MD ’91, PhD ’93; Clinton

Foundation vice chair Chelsea Clinton; Dean Julio Frenk.

100100100 Centennial & Campaign Launch Celebrations

Video highlights of Centennial celebrations and Campaign launch events can be found at hsph.me/celebration-videos

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Left, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk and Chelsea

Clinton, recipient of the Harvard School

of Public Health Next Generation Award


Bill Clinton with HSPH Campaign co-chairs

Jonathan Lavine, MBA ’92, and Jeannie

Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92.



Centennial & Campaign Launch Celebrations


—Chelsea Clinton

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—Gro Harlem Brundtland, MPH ’65


— Jim Yong Kim, MD ’91, PhD ’93

Harvard School of Public Health Centennial Medal

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Top left: Paul Farmer, MD ’90, PhD ’90, co-founder of Partners in Health; Rwanda Minister

of Health Agnes Binagwaho; Board of Dean’s Advisors (BDA) member Christy Turlington

Burns. Top right: BDA members Matthew and Monika McLennan. Center row, from left:

BDA member Gerald Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79 with James Stevens Simmons Professor of

Radiobiology, Emeritus John B. Little; Chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex

Diseases Gökhan Hotamisligil, PhD ’94, with Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey;

William Crozier, MBA ’63, and Nutrition Round Table member Ronald Curhan, MBA ’57, DBA

’71. Bottom row, from left: Mollye Block, and Sumner Feldberg, AB ’45, MBA ’49, and Esther

Feldberg. Below right: Afghanistan Minister of Public Health Suraya Dalil, MPH ’05; Leeda

Rashid, MPH ’09; Campaign Committee and BDA member Roslyn B. Payne, MBA ’70.

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—Julio Frenk

100100100 Centennial & Campaign Launch Celebrations

Video highlights of this event can be found at hsph.me/celebration-videos

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In the celebration of the century, more than 300 guests gathered at Boston’s Revere Hotel to toast Harvard School

of Public Health’s 100th birthday. The Campaign for HSPH was launched as the sellout crowd was treated to

video, visuals, and notable speakers outlining the four urgent global health threats that the Campaign will tackle:

old and new pandemics, harmful physical and social environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing

health systems.

After greetings from Harvard president Drew Faust, renowned public health advocates introduced the Campaign

themes. Among the speakers were World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, MD ’91, PhD ’93; Gates Foundation co-chairs

Bill and Melinda Gates (on video); maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns; ABC News medical editor

Timothy Johnson, MPH ’76; and HSPH doctoral student Shaniece Criss, SD ’15. Dean Frenk introduced Jonathan

Lavine, MBA ’92, who made an impassioned case for public health and who co-chairs the Campaign with his wife

Jeannie Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92. Lavine also announced the Campaign goal of $450 million, of which $167 million

has already been raised.

Guests also celebrated a century of past accomplishments and enjoyed video birthday greetings for the School

from Elton John, chef Jamie Oliver, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and U2’s Bono—who, with guitarist The Edge,

sang a birthday song specially penned for the occasion. Capping the night’s festivities was a shower of confetti.

Centennial Gala & Campaign LaunchOctober 24, 2013

Centennial & Campaign Launch Celebrations

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—Christy Turlington Burns

Clockwise from top: Harvard President

Drew Gilpin Faust with former

president of Mexico Felipe Calderón;

Harvard Campaign Co-Chair Paul

Finnegan, AB ’75, MBA ’82; BDA

member Christy Turlington Burns;

HSPH students listening attentively;

Leadership Council member Robert

Pozen, AB ’68, with Centennial

Medalist Jim Yong Kim, MD ’91,

PhD ’93.

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— Shaniece Criss SD ’15


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— Jonathan Lavine, MBA ’92 Co-Chair, The Campaign for Harvard School of Public Health

Center left: Leadership Council members Fred Orkin, MD ’68, SM ’01, and Susan Orkin and Kathleen Ruddy.

Center right: Susan Helliwell, Leadership Council member John Anthony Ross, Karl Wientz, MBA ’96, and

Teryn Weintz. Above left: Chris Heuwing with Leadership Council member Holly Hayes. Above right: BDA

member Katie Vogelheim, John Hansen, AB ’81, MBA ’85, and Cynthia McClintock, AB ’82, MBA ’86.

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— Timothy Johnson MPH ’76


— Drew Gilpin Faust President, Harvard


Harvard Campaign Co-Chair Paul Finnegan,

AB ’75, ’MBA ’82, left, and Leadership Council

member Carl Stern, AB ’68.


—Bill and Melinda Gates

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At left, Campaign for Harvard School of

Public Health co-chairs Jonathan Lavine,

MBA ’92, and Jeannie Bachelor Lavine,

AB ’88, MBA ’92; Harvard President

Drew Gilpin Faust; and Dean Julio Frenk.

Above left: Kathy Burke, Campaign

Committee BDA member. Above right:

Leadership Council Executive Committee

member Barrie Damson, AB ’56, (left) with

his Harvard College roommate, Robert

Bowman. At right: Gala perfomers Rhythm

of the Universe.

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Centennial & Campaign Launch Celebrations | Centennial Gala & Campaign Launch

Clockwise from top left: Leadership

Council Members Florence Koplow, MPA

’95, and Mary Revelle Paci; Campaign

Committee and BDA member Stephen

Kay, AB ’56, MBA ’58, and Barry Bloom,

former HSPH dean and Joan L. and Julius

H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health;

BDA member Matthew McLennan; Kevin

Starr, director, The Mulago Foundation;

Countess Albina du Boisrouvray;

Campaign Committee and Leadership

Council member Deborah Rose, SM ’75,

and Chander Kapasi, MPH ’75; Humayun

“Hank” Chaudhry, SM ’01, and Nazli


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HSPH hosted members of its Leadership Council and Centennial Gala

attendees for its Centennial Leadership Summit, which examined the most

pressing public health challenges that are unfolding as the School embarks on

its second century. Before a packed auditorium, five ministerial-level public

health leaders spoke about why they chose public health and what they would

most like to see achieved in the years to come. Panelists included Gro Harlem

Brundtland, MPH ’65, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-

General of the World Health Organization; Suraya Dalil, MPH ’05, Minister

of Public Health of Afghanistan; Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health

for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Kelechi Ohiri, MPH

’02, SM ’03, Senior Adviser, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria; and Pradit

Sintavanarong, MPH ’89, Minister of Public Health of Thailand. The lively

discussion was moderated by Harvey Fineberg, AB ’67, MD ’71, MPP ’72, PhD

’80, president of the Institute of Medicine and former dean of HSPH.

Earlier in the day, Dean Julio

Frenk addressed the history and

future of public health. Jonathan

Lavine, MBA ’92, co-chair of the

Campaign for HSPH, discussed the

impact of HSPH research. Nancy

Lukitsh, MBA ’80 was honored with

the 2013 Volunteer Leadership Award

for her service to the School.

Centennial Leadership SummitOctober 25, 2013

Top: Volunteer Leadership Awardee Nancy Lukitsh,

MBA ’80, with Dean Julio Frenk.

Center left: Gro Harlem Brundtland, MPH ’65, former

Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General

of the World Health Organization; Pradit Sintavanarong,

MPH ’89, Minister of Public Health of Thailand.

Center right: Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health

for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;

Suraya Dalil, MPH ’05, Minister of Public Health of

Afghanistan; and Dean Julio Frenk.

Bottom: Attendees at the Centennial Leadership Summit.

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Hundreds of HSPH faculty, staff, and students turned Kresge cafeteria into a

party hall for the finale of the School’s two-day centennial celebration. The

festivities included the unveiling of a time capsule that will be placed in the

wall of the School’s FXB Building, not to be opened until 2063. Dean Julio

Frenk offered a letter to the School’s future Dean, and School revelers added

dozens of their own messages and memorabilia.

School-wide CelebrationOctober 25, 2013

Far left: Panel moderator Harvey V.

Fineberg, AB ’67, MD ’71, MPP ’72, PhD ’80;

left: Kelechi Ohiri, MPH ’02, SM ’03, Senior

Adviser, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria

Former HSPH dean Harvey V. Fineberg (1984–

1997), current dean Julio Frenk, and former dean

Barry R. Bloom (1998–2008).

Past and current winners of the

Volunteer Leadership Award (left to

right): Mary Revelle Paci (2009); Nancy

Lukitsh, MBA ’80 (2013); Roslyn Payne,

MBA ’70 (2010); Lilian Cheung, SM

’75, SD ’78, and Lee Chin, SM ’75, SD

’79 (2012); and Mitchell Dong, AB ’75


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More than 300 Harvard School of

Public Health alumni, students,

faculty, and guests, from a dozen

countries and 29 U.S. states, came

back to campus to celebrate Alumni

Weekend on November 1-4. More

alumni than ever returned to the

festivities in the School’s Centennial

year, as the weekend also coin-

cided with the American Public

Health Association (APHA)’s annual

meeting taking place in Boston.

The Alumni Association honored

three individuals, chosen by their

peers to receive the 2013 Alumni

Award of Merit—the highest

honor presented to an alumna/us:

Marc Schenker, MPH ’80, Debra

Silverman, SD ’81, and Eiji Yano,

MPH ’84. Additional alumni awards,

which recognize achievements

in various arenas of public health

and at various stages in public

health careers, were presented over

lunch. The recipients were Kelechi

Ohiri, MPH ’02, SM ’03 (Emerging

Public Health Professional Award),

Adam Finkel, AB ’79, MPP ’84, SD

’87 (Leadership in Public Health

Practice Award), and Royce Ellen

Clifford, MPH ’06, and Akudo

Anyanwu Ikemba, MPH ’03 (Public

Health Innovator Award). See story

on the Award winners on page 8.

Alumni Centennial Weekend November 1-4, 2013

Incoming Alumni Council President Anthony Dias, MPH ’04

Above, left to right: Linda

Langford SM ’94, SD ’98;

David Hemenway, AB ’66,

PhD ’74, director of the

Harvard Injury Control

Research Center; Alice

Hausman, MPH ’85. Right,

left to right: Joel Altstein and

Nathan Zielonka, SM ’75.

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Second Century Symposium: Transforming Public Health Education November 1, 2013


Top row, from left: Neil

Numark, SM ’83, and Barry

Dorn, SM ’04. Victoria

Seligman, MPH ’13; German

Orrego, SD ’16; Adebayo

Owoeye, MPH ’13; Naoaki

Ichiara, MPH ’13. Bottom row,

from left: Cecilia Gerard,

SM ’09; Laura Kozek; Lina

Nerlander, MPH ’08; Hanine

Estephan, SD ’11. Anna

Gosline, SM ’10, and Tola

Ladejobi, MPH ’09.

At Harvard School of Public Health’s

Second Century Symposium, held as

part of the School’s centennial celebra-

tion, Dean Julio Frenk unveiled a new

vision for public health education. “The

idea is to achieve a harmonious balance

between online, on-site, and in-field

approaches,” said Frenk. The all-day

event drew some 500 participants from

more than 100 colleges and universities

in 17 countries, including the deans of

each of the top six schools of public

health in the United States. Video highlights of the Second Century Symposium can be found at hsph.me/second-century-symposium

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, Suzanne Camarata

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Fellowship Celebration April 10, 2013The second annual HSPH Fellowship Celebration recognized

individuals and organizations that have made gifts of $10,000 or

more to student aid in the past year, and provided them with an

opportunity to meet the students who benefit from their generous

contributions. The featured speaker was Mitchell L. Dong, AB ’75,

who along with his wife, Robin, established the Mitchell L. Dong

and Robin LaFoley Dong Scholarship in 2000. The student speaker,

Mary Mwanyika-Sando, MPH ’13 and a recipient of the Carson

Scholarship, said that while “attending Harvard meant leaving

behind my beloved husband and two young children in Tanzania,

I knew that it would be worth it.”

Above: Adeoye Olukotun, MPH

’83, and Adebayo Owoeye, MPH

’13, Wanda Lane Buck Fellow.

Left: Standing, left to right, Board

of Dean’s Advisors (BDA) member

Howard Stevenson, MBA ’65,

DBA ’89; Dong Scholar Paul Mwai,

SM ’14; BDA member Antonio

Garza; Dong scholar Jennifer

Atlas, SM ’14; Carson Scholar Mary

Mwanyika-Sando, MPH ’13; seated,

left to right: Mitchell Dong, AB ’75;

Dean Julio Frenk; Felicia Knaul,

AM ’92, PhD ’95; Fredericka


Julie E. Henry Fund for Maternal and Child Health recipient Lauren

Bailey, SM ’13, and Leadership Council member Bayard Henry.

Mary E. Wilson and Harvey V. Fineberg Fellow in Infectious

Diseases Phillip Salvatore, SM ’14, with Mary E. Wilson, adjunct

associate professor of global health and population.

The Year’s Events 2013

Video highlights of the Fellowship Celebration can be found at hsph.me/2013-fellowship-slideshow

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Commencement May 30, 2013

China Trip January, 2013

Addressing graduates at the 2013 Commencement

Ceremony, Dean Julio Frenk spoke of the “impec-

cable preparation” that led to an “extraordinary

example of crisis response” after the Boston

Marathon bombings the month before. “Whether

your goal is to combat infectious diseases, reform

health systems, or respond to emergencies,” he said,

“preparation is essential to success.” At the cere-

mony, held in Kresge courtyard, 558 degrees were

awarded to graduates from 74 countries and 30 U.S.

states, more than 56 percent of whom were women.

The Commencement address was delivered by Larry

Brilliant, president and CEO of the Skoll Global

Threats Fund. Candy Liang, the student speaker,

received an MPH in health policy and management.

In a weeklong trip to Shanghai, Beijing, and

Hong Kong, Dean Julio Frenk strengthened

HSPH’s existing ties in China, connected

with health sector leaders, and met with

some 150 alumni and other supporters

of the School. “More and more,” he said,

“research is demonstrating that good health

is not only a consequence of, but also a

condition for, sustained and sustainable

economic growth.”

In his Commencement

address, Larry Brilliant

(above), president and CEO

of the Skoll Global Threats

Fund, urged graduates to

“end pandemics in your

lifetimes.” Student speaker

Candy Liang (left) plans to

work on improving public

health through innovation

and entrepreneurship.

A slideshow of Commencement can be found at hsph.me/2013-commencement-slideshow

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The Campaign for Harvard School of Public Health is a historic effort

to transform HSPH and achieve sweeping results in the wider world.

Focused on turning back four major threats to public health around

the globe—old and new pandemics, harmful physical and social

environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing health

systems—the Campaign will support the people, ideas, and infrastructure

HSPH needs to build on its 100 years of success in translating research

into world-changing influence and impact. The list below gratefully

acknowledges those who had given $1 million or more to support the

Campaign as of December 1, 2013.







Centennialist level ($100,000)

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Angelopoulos

Jonathan S. Lavine, MBA ’92 & Jeannie Bachelor Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92

Catie and Donald Marron

Innovator level ($50,000)

Charoen Pokphand Group

Eileen and Jack Connors, Jr.

Monika and Matthew McLennan

Lily Safra

Champion level ($25,000)

Ray Chambers and The Amelior Foundation

Joan and Barrie Damson, AB ’56

Katie Vogelheim and John Hansen, AB ’81, MBA ’85


Irene Pollin

Rosemary and J. Frederick Weintz, Jr., MBA ’51

Ambassador level ($10,000)


T. Robert and Katherine States Burke, AB ’79

Christy Turlington Burns

Holly Hayes and Carl Stern, AB ’68

Julius and Joan Jacobson

Ralph M. James, MBA ’82

Stephen Kay, AB ’56, MBA ’58 and Lisbeth Tarlow, AM ’72

Nancy Lukitsh, MBA ’80


Novo Nordisk

Anonymous (2)

American Heart Association, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Branta Foundation, Inc.

Charoen Pokphand Group

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and Jamie Cooper-Hohn, MBA ’94 and Christopher Cooper-Hohn, MBA ’93

Ellison Medical Foundation

ExxonMobil Foundation

Mr. Theo Kolokotrones and Mrs. Wendy E. Kolokotrones

Mala Gaonkar, AB ’91, MBA ’96

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Goldman Sachs Gives

Katie Vogelheim and John Hansen, AB ’81, MBA ’85

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Joyce Foundation

JDRF International

Jonathan S. Lavine, MBA ’92 and Jeannie Bachelor Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ronay and Richard Menschel, MBA ’59 and the Charina Endowment Fund

Ambrose Monell Foundation


The Piramal Family

Daniel H. Stern, AB ’83, MBA ’88

Teikyo University

Wells Fargo Foundation

Wildlife Conservation Society

Harvard School of Public Health’s

Centennial Celebration and Campaign

Launch—our event of the century—was

a joyous celebration of the School’s

hundred-year legacy and its bright

prospects for the future. The list below

recognizes individuals and organizations

who contributed to the event by

purchasing event support packages or

tickets to attend the evening’s festivities.

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Richard H. Stowe, MBA ’70 and Natasha Stowe, AB ’82, MBA ’89

Huey-Jen Su, SM ’87, SD ’90

Yanfang Su, SD ’15

Edwin J. Taff, MBA ’65 and Lynn R. Taff

Maurice Tempelsman

Samuel O. Thier, AM ’94 and Paula Thier

Ibou Thior, SM ’96 and Tonya L. Villafana, MPH ’00

Ming Tsai

Isabelle Valadian, MPH ’53

Gina Vild

Michael Walsh, AB ’83, MBA ’87

Marilyn R. Walter and Ronald A. Walter, SM ’72

Abby Wang and Fair H. Wang, SM ’92

Monica Wang, SM ’09, SD ’12 and Michael Richardson

Karen B. Watson and Stuart H. Watson

Gail V. Willett and Walter C. Willett, MPH ’73, DPH ’80

Jay A. Winsten and Penelope Greene

Sarah K. Wood

Youko Yeracaris

Centennial Gala Committee

Loreen Arbus

T. Robert and Katherine States Burke, AB ’79

Gerald L. Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79

Eileen and Jack Connors, Jr.

Joan and Barrie Damson, AB ’56

Countess Albina du Boisrouvray

Esther and Sumner Feldberg, AB ’45, MBA ’49

Holly Hayes

Stephen B. Kay, AB ’56, MBA ’58 and Lisbeth Tarlow, AM ’72

Jonathan S. Lavine, MBA ’92 and Jeannie Bachelor Lavine, AB ’88, MBA ’92*

Nancy Lukitsh, MBA ’80

Catie and Donald Marron

Monika and Matthew McLennan

Ronay and Richard Menschel, MBA ’59**

Roslyn Payne, MBA ’70

Swati A. Piramal, MPH ’92

Penelope Pollard and Michael R. Pollard, JD ’72, MPH ’74

Lily Safra

Amy A. Spies, AB ’75

Christy Turlington Burns

Clare Villari and David Weinstein

Katie Vogelheim and John Hansen, Jr., AB ’81, MBA ’85

Rosemary and J. Frederick Weintz, Jr., MBA ’51

Mary Revelle Paci

Public Consulting Group


Tracey and David Scheer, AB ’77

EMD Serono

Fredericka and Howard Stevenson, MBA ’65, DBA ’69

Advocate level ($5,000)

John and Jane Bradley

Pamela Dippel Choney, MBA ’84

Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn

Florence Koplow, MPA ’95

Beth and Carmine Martignetti

Deborah Rose, SM ’75

Clare Villari and David Weinstein

Kim Williams and Trevor Miller

Individual Supporters

Laurent H. Adamowicz and Rumiko Mizuuchi-Adamowicz

Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland, AB ’76, MBA ’79

Loreen Arbus

Arthur Bugs Baer, AB ’54, MBA ’58

Susanna E. Bedell, MD ’77

Lisa F. Berkman, AM ’95

Rita D. Berkson, SM ’77 and Randolph B. Reinhold

Alicia W. Blatchford

Robert J. Blendon, AM ’87 and Marie C. McCormick, AM ’91

James A. Bougas, MD ’48

J. Jacques Carter, MPH ’83 and Luella F. Carter

Jessica Chaudhary, MPH ’13

Humayun J. Chaudhry, SM ’01 and Nazli Chaudhry

Cynthia L. Cohen, SM ’76

Prudence Slitor Crozier, PhD ’71 and William M. Crozier, Jr., MBA ’63

Eduardo Cruz and Karina Cortorreal

Anne Fitzpatrick Cucchiaro and Stephen Cucchiaro

Joan P. Curhan and Ronald C. Curhan, MBA ’57, DBA ’71

Mitchell L. Dong, AB ’75

Judith A. Dwyer

Arnold M. Epstein, AM ’72

Sumner L. Feldberg, AB ’45, MBA ’49 and Esther Feldberg

Samuel A. Forman, MPH ’77, SM ’80 and Yulika E. Forman

Fred K. Foulkes, MBA ’65, DBA ’68

Dana H. Gabuzda, MD ’83

Larry S. Gage, AB ’68 and Carol J. Gage

Rose Goldman, MPH ’80, SM ’81 and Alan Drabkin

Susan M. Guillory

Laurence J. Hagerty

Robin Herman

David J. Hunter, MPH ’85, SD ’88 and Leona D. Samson, AM ’92

Margaret Igne-Bianchi

Susanna J. Jacobus, SM ’03

Edgar N. James, JD ’78, MPH ’79

Erin K. James, SM ’14

Vincent W. James

Susan Kaitz

Elsbeth Kalenderian, MPH ’89

Ellen L. Kaplan and Robert S. Kaplan, AM ’85

James A. Kaye, AB ’75, MPH ’99, DPH ’01 and Kim Rubin

Nancie Koenigsberg

Nisha Kumar, AB ’91, MBA ’95

Ana M. Langer

Jennifer Leaning, AB ’67, SM ’70

Lucian L. Leape, MD ’59 and Martha P. Leape

Hee Ja Lee

Garrick H. Leonard, MD ’87 and Leslie M. Feder, AB ’81, MBA ’85

Barbara Lind

John H. MacMillan IV and Louise P. MacMillan, SM ’78

John E. McDonough, MPA ’90

Augustine E. Moffitt, Jr., SM ’69, SD ’73 and Joanne Moffitt

Dariush Mozaffarian, DPH ’06 and Rebecca Mozaffarian

Rebecca C. Obeng, MPH ’14

Adeoye Y. Olukotun, MPH ’83 and Judy Olukotun

Fredrick K. Orkin, MD ’68, SM ’01 and Susan L. Orkin

Joseph Paresky and Susan Paresky

Roslyn B. Payne, MBA ’70 and Lisle Payne

Susan Putnam Peck, AB ’79, SM ’87, SD ’91

Susan Butler Plum

Beatrice Podtschaske

Thomas D. Polton, SM ’83

Robert C. Pozen, AB ’68

Lawrence Rand

Kathleen T. Ruddy

Bernard Salick and Gloria Salick

Srinivas M. Sastry, MPH ’90

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10

Robert P. Smith and Salwa Smith

Alix Smullin and Joseph I. Smullin

Lynn Shapiro Snyder

Amy A. Spies, AB ’75 and Gary E. Gans

Ellie Starr

Ellana Stinson, MPH ’14

Patti Stoll and Michael Gladstone

* Campaign Co-Chairs ** Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs

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Individual donors provide critical support towards HSPH’s mission of promoting powerful ideas for a healthier world. Gifts of

all levels from our alumni and friends provide crucial support for student scholarships, faculty research initiatives, innovations

in educational strategies, equipment purchases, the renovation and upgrade of our facilities, and more. The following list

recognizes individuals who made contributions of $250 or more during fiscal year 2013.



Richard L. Menschel

Ronay A. Menschel

$1,000,000 - $4,999,999

Anonymous (3)

Dhanin Chearavanont

Christopher A. Cooper-Hohn

Jamie A. Cooper-Hohn

Mala Gaonkar

Theo A. Kolokotrones

Wendy E. Kolokotrones

Daniel H. Stern

$500,000 - $999,999

Anonymous (3)

C. Boyden Gray

$250,000 - $499,999

Judith Benfari

Robert C. Benfari, SM ’67

Irene M. Danilovich

John J. Danilovich

Evelyn Byrd Donatelli *

Mike M. Donatelli *

Michael S. Feldberg *

John C. Hansen, Jr.

Nancy T. Lukitsh *

Matthew McLennan

Monika McLennan

Deborah Rose, SM ’75 *

Charlotte V. Smith

Richard W. Smith

Sandi Snegireff

Sergei L. Snegireff

Katie Vogelheim

J. Frederick Weintz, Jr. *

$100,000 - $249,999

Joseph A. Burke, SM ’72

Annette B. Burke

Judith Carson *

Russell L. Carson *

Ellen Feldberg Gordon

Julie Y. Hahn

Eric C. Larson *

John L. McGoldrick *

Mark O’Friel

Joel E. Smilow

Paula Sneddon

Steven L. Sneddon, SM ’77, SD ’79

Ming T. Tsuang

Snow H. Tsuang

Barbara J. Wu *

Jeffrey Zients

Mary Menell Zients



Lammot du Pont Copeland, Jr. *

James B. Crystal

Jim Cunningham

Domenic J. Ferrante

Elizabeth R. Foster

Bruce S. Gillis, MPH ’74

Holly D. Hayes *

Bayard Henry *

Julie E. Henry, MPH ’91 *

The Family of Donald Hornig

Kristin Williams Mugford

Stephen A. Mugford

Mary Revelle Paci *

Jennifer M. Perini

Lily Safra

Carl W. Stern, Jr. *

Andrew B. Suzman

Michael P. Walsh

Nathalie Wong

Stephen R. Wong


Jeanne B. Ackman

Karen H. Ackman

William A. Ackman

Thorley D. Briggs *

Joyce F. Burgess

William A. Burgess

Katherine States Burke

T. R. Burke

Raymond G. Chambers

Phyllis D. Collins *

Frank Denny †Kiar First

Mike First

William A. Haseltine

Jeanine O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien

Irene Pollin *

Alejandro Ramirez

Bernard Salick *

Gloria Salick *

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10 *

Theodore Sedgwick

Charles B. Sheppard II

Fair H. Wang, SM ’92 *


Anonymous (6)

Christine Allen *

Patricia A. Anderson

Lynne Berkowitz

Roger S. Berkowitz

Robert J. Blendon

Jane Carpenter Bradley *

John M. Bradley *

Amy M. Brakeman

Ed Brakeman

John W. Brown *

Peter W. Choo, MPH ’91, DPH ’96 *

Stephanie S. Choo *

Kenneth H. Cooper, MPH ’62 *

Howard Cox

Anne Fitzpatrick Cucchiaro

Stephen Cucchiaro

Joan P. Curhan *

Ronald C. Curhan *

Barrie M. Damson *

Harriett M. Eckstein

Molly Finn

Edward P. Flinter

Dorothy J. Ganick, SM ’67 *

Ariella Golomb

Laurence J. Hagerty

Margaret Healey

Thomas J. Healey

Paula Ivey Henry, SM ’95

Snowden M. Henry

Christopher W. Hornig

Estate of David C. Howard

Charlotte von Clemm Iselin

Ralph M. James

Stephen B. Kay

Arthur L. Loeb

Jay Markowitz

Susan Markowitz

Jane Mosakowski

William Mosakowski

Wolfgang Munar, SM ’89

Robert E. Patricelli

Michael R. Pollard, MPH ’74

Penelope Pollard

Robert O. Preyer

Jeannine M. Rivet *

Phyllis Rose

David I. Scheer *

Tracey Zarember Scheer *

Eleanor G. Shore, MPH ’70 *

Miles F. Shore *

Richard M. Smith *

Irene M. Stare * † Howard H. Stevenson *

Natasha Stowe *

Richard H. Stowe *

Edwin J. Taff *

Lynn R. Taff *

Linda Tao *

Christy Turlington Burns

Isabelle Valadian, MPH ’53

Clare Villari

Louisa von Clemm *

Stefanie C. von Clemm *

Stuart H. Watson

David C. Weinstein

John J. Whyte, MPH ’93 *

Mary Stare Wilkinson *

Chris Gloag

* individuals who have made a gift for five or more consecutive years

† deceased continued

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“Our commitment to Harvard School of Public Health is closely linked to the four

years John headed the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign-aid agency

dedicated to fighting global poverty through sustainable economic growth within the

framework of good government. This experience drove home the critical importance

of disciplined rigor and tangible results, and we saw both at HSPH.

“There are many worthy causes, but we were in search of an organization that

would have a significant and lasting impact on the health and well-being of people

around the world, especially places where we have lived. As we acquainted our-

selves with the work that HSPH is doing globally, it became obvious that the School

represented our best way to make a constructive and meaningful contribution.

“The particular pathway we have chosen to accomplish this goal is through

providing funding for talented students from around the world to pursue their

educations. We want to set them free to pursue dreams that would otherwise be

impossible for financial reasons.”

— John and Irene Danilovich, members of the HSPH Leadership Council, donors of the endowed Danilovich Family Fellowship

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Anonymous (2)

Mortimer Berkowitz III

Derek C. Bok

Joan T. Bok

Lucy Caldwell-Stair

Elizabeth S. Chabner Thompson, MPH ’97

E. Francis Cook, Jr., SM ’77, SD ’83

Nancy R. Cook, SM ’79, SD ’82

Prudence Slitor Crozier *

William M. Crozier, Jr. *

Norma Dana

Mitchell L. Dong *

Robin LaFoley Dong

Samuel A. Forman, MPH ’77, SM ’80 *

Katie H. Gambill

Kathryn I. Hentz

Ned Hentz

Edgar N. James, MPH ’79

Stephen N. Kales, MPH ’92 *

Katherine Kinsella

Geoffrey Kronik

Bridget Macaskill

John Macaskill

John H. MacMillan IV *

Louise P. MacMillan, SM ’78 *

Beth V. Martignetti *

Carmine A. Martignetti *

Christopher J. Meyers

Sarah W. Meyers

Eugene A. Mickey, MPH ’82 *

Fredrick K. Orkin, SM ’01

Susan L. Orkin

Carol Paraskevas *

Susan Putnam Peck, SM ’87, SD ’91

Douglas Rauch

Mikele Rauch

Roberta Schneiderman *

Lynn Shapiro Snyder

Amy A. Spies

Thomas O. Stair

Josef H. von Rickenbach

Eric C. Weintz

Joy Weintz

Dyann F. Wirth

Peter K. Wirth


Anonymous (2)

Laurent H. Adamowicz

Loreen J. Arbus

Elyse Arnow Brill

Joshua Arnow

Phyllis August, MPH ’02

Andrew B. Belfer

David J. Berck, MPH ’96 *

Jesse A. Berlin, SD ’88

Paul R. Branch, SM ’82 *

Nancy Budge

Tianxi Cai, SD ’99

Humayun J. Chaudhry, SM ’01 *

Gail E. Costa, SM ’76

Madison Cox

Karen L. Davis, SM ’78 *

Jean M. Doherty-Greenberg, MPH ’79

Judith A. Dwyer

Leslie M. Feder

Fred K. Foulkes

Graceann E. Foulkes

Robert F. Fox, Jr. *

Julio Frenk

Larry S. Gage

Susan Wilner Golden, SD ’81

David A. Greenberg, MPH ’80

Susan M. Guillory *

Elizabeth M. Hagopian

Alice J. Hausman, MPH ’85

Eileen P. Hayes, SD ’79 *

Rita W. Herskovits

Thomas Herskovits

Judith E. Hicks *

Laurence J. Hicks *

Donald R. Hopkins, MPH ’70

Susanna J. Jacobus, SM ’03

Barbara M. Jordan

Marjorie E. Kanof, MPH ’91 *

James A. Kaye, MPH ’99, DPH ’01 *

Henry Klecan

Charles H. Klippel, SM ’80

Daman M. Kowalski

Nisha Kumar

Garrick H. Leonard

Barbara N. Lubash, SM ’76

James A. Manganello, MPH ’80

Anne Marcus

Paul R. Marcus

Nyla Medlock

Kelly Chapman Meyer

Ronald Meyer

Trevor Miller

Robert L. Mittendorf, MPH ’87, DPH ’91 *

Rumiko Mizuuchi-Adamowicz

Augustine E. Moffitt, Jr., SM ’69, SD ’73

Joanne Moffitt

Carole C. Moore *

William M. Moore, MPH ’66 *

Patricia A. Moran, MPH ’04 *

Paul A. Moses

Jeremy J. Nobel, MPH ’85, SM ’86

Sean A. Norris, SM ’01

Carol Raphael *

Caitlin T. Ravichandran, PhD ’07

Donald J. Rosato, MPH ’63 *

John A. Ross

Kim Rubin

Kathleen T. Ruddy

Gloria W. Sakata

Matthew K. Sakata

Srinivas M. Sastry, MPH ’90 *

Ruth C. Scheer

Ellie Starr *

George H. Strong *

Manikkam Suthanthiran

Randall G. Vickery

Kelly Victory

Marilyn R. Walter

Ronald A. Walter, SM ’72 *

Kim Williams

Theresa Woolverton

William Woolverton

Anson E. Wright, SM ’05

Jianming Yu, PhD ’98

Ellen M. Zane *



Elie M. Abemayor, SM ’80 *

Jody Adams

Edward J. Alfrey, SM ’05

Brian Alprin *

Paula Alprin *

Anthony C. Antonacci, SM ’04

Jean-Marie Arduino, SD ’00

Barbara D. Beck *

Susanna E. Bedell

Frank Blood

Nancy H. Blood

Barry R. Bloom

Gerald H. Blum

James D. Blum

Alden Bourne

Carolyn Kay Briggs

Clarence Brownlee

J. Jacques Carter, MPH ’83 *

Hennessey Chang

Kevin C. Chang, MPH ’85

Li Chen, SD ’96

Joel E. Cohen, MPH ’70, DPH ’73

Martha Collins, MPH ’72

Anthony D. Cortese, SD ’76

Tom Daschle

Douglas W. Dockery, SM ’74, SD ’79 *

Tamarah L. Duperval, MPH ’00

Karen M. Emmons

Harvey V. Fineberg *

Marilyn A. Fingerhut, SM ’81

Mary M. Finnegan

Paul J. Finnegan

Fred N. Fishman *

Barbara J. Friedberg

Joyce C. Gibson, SM ’72, SD ’74 *

Steven H. Gibson *

Douglass B. Given

Paula R. Griswold, SM ’82

Carol Haber *

Patricia Hartge, SM ’76, SD ’83 *

Christopher T. Hitt, SM ’75 *

Helen M. Hunt

Patrik L. Johansson, MPH ’01

Anthony Kales

Joyce Kales

Thomas W. Kalinowski, SM ’77, SD ’81 *

Ellen L. Kaplan *

Robert S. Kaplan

Simeon M. Kriesberg *

Timothy R. Lancaster, SM ’91

Ana M. Langer

Lucian L. Leape *

I-Min Lee, MPH ’87, SD ’91

Jay Won Lee, MPH ’07

John W. Lehmann, MPH ’88

Kathleen S. Lehmann

Elizabeth K. Liao *

Rogerio C. Lilenbaum, SM ’96

Jeanne E. Loughlin, SM ’79 *

Daniel R. Lucey, MPH ’88

Isabel W. Malkin *

Peter L. Malkin *

* individuals who have made a gift for five or more consecutive years

† deceased



Leah Fasten

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“Investments in public health are very

efficient because we eliminate disease before

it happens. It would be very difficult to find

any other cause where a relatively small

amount of support can have such a broad

impact. I am especially impressed with the

School’s work on finding ways to contain

health costs. When we make health systems

more efficient, we free up resources to help

many more people.

“The School’s goals and mission are

aligned with my personal goals and my per-

sonal values, which is why I became a donor.

We want to make life better. If you see this

as part of your own personal mission, then

the School of Public Health is one of the best

possible places to put your support.”

— Fair H. Wang, SM ’92, Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, California; member, HSPH Leadership Council

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JoAnn E. Manson, MPH ’84, DPH ’87 *

John Marr

Nancy J. Marr, SM ’89

Linda D. Masiello *

Carol I. Master, SM ’81, DPH ’89 *

Sherry Mayrent *

Hope C. McDermott

Shaw McDermott

Michael McDonald

Rebecca W. McDonald

James L. McGee, SM ’02

Lois H. Moser

Royce Moser, Jr., MPH ’65

Linda C. Niessen, MPH ’77

Thomas L. P. O’Donnell *

Michael A. Panzara, MPH ’02

Roslyn B. Payne

Sarah D. Plimpton

Solofo R. Ramaroson, MPH ’88

Elisabeth Redsecker

Ken Rivard

Eugene W. Roddenberry, Jr.

Tedd R. Saunders

Jack W. Schuler *

Renate Schuler *

Ellen Schwartz

Sasha Shepperd, SM ’91

Peter L. Singer

Robert P. Smith

Salwa J. Smith

Alix Smullin *

Joseph I. Smullin *

Eliot I. Snider

Hope H. Snider, MPH ’64 *

Robert Snyder

John D. Spengler, SM ’73

Claire B. Stampfer

Meir J. Stampfer, MPH ’80, DPH ’85

Lisa J. Steblecki, MPH ’01

Howard R. Steinberg, MPH ’75 *

David Steinman

Ruth Steinman

Alan D. Strasser

Carol Jean W. Suitor, SM ’85, SD ’88

Richard Suitor

Paula Thier

Samuel O. Thier

Gerald Tulis *

Alicia C. Vela *

Leonel Vela, MPH ’87 *

Lucy R. Waletzky

Helen H. Wang, MPH ’76, DPH ’79 *

Boyd V. Washington, SM ’05

Virginia G. Watkin *

Andrew M. Wiesenthal, SM ’04 *

Dorothy L. Wilson, MPH ’66

Timothy S. Wilson

James F. Wittmer, MPH ’61 *

Juanita L. Wittmer *

Erik J. Won, MPH ’03

Amy T. Wu

Nche Zama, SM ’12

Margaret Ferris Zimmermann


Anonymous (2)

Theodor Abelin, MPH ’63

Kathleen H. Acree, MPH ’64

Susan G. Albert, SM ’89 *

Elizabeth N. Allred, ’78 *

Laura Alpern *

Louis M. Alpern, MPH ’74 *

Marina G. Anderson, MPH ’03

Susan E. Andrade, SD ’94

Dean B. Andropoulos, SM ’07

Ruth S. Arestides, SM ’04

Olayiwola B. Ayodeji, MPH ’83

Linda G. Baer, SM ’93 *

Morgan Pendergast Baker

Amy C. Barkin, MPH ’76 *

Lisa S. Barnes, SM ’81 *

Michael H. Baron, SM ’95

Ritu S. Batra, MPH ’00

Elizabeth L. Baum, MPH ’86

Colin B. Begg

Melissa D. Begg, SD ’89

Joshua S. Benner, SM ’00, SD ’02

Gabrielle Bercy, MPH ’93 *

Robert Berke, MPH ’75

Rita D. Berkson, SM ’77 *

Gregory S. Blaschke, MPH ’99

Alicia W. Blatchford

Kenneth D. Bloem, SM ’77

Sheila R. Bloom, SM ’78 *

John D. Blum, SM ’74 *

Brian K. Boyd

Karen D. Boyd

Mary Breed Brink, MPH ’52

Arthur E. Brown, MPH ’81 *

Linda Brown

Mary L. Brown, MPH ’01 *

Joanna Buffington, MPH ’94 *

Gilbert Burgos, MPH ’90 *

Barbara Burleigh

Richard A. Candee, Jr.

Debra D. Carey, SM ’79 *

Anthony D. Carpenter, SM ’11

Elizabeth C. Carpenter

Gene B. Carpenter † Richard A. Cash

Mary E. Chamberland, MPH ’82

Lin-Yu Chang

N. Bruce Chase, MPH ’68

Zeina N. Chemali, MPH ’08

Anthony L-T Chen, MPH ’06

Yung-Cheng Joseph Chen, MPH ’83 *

Irene Y. Cheung, SM ’74, SD ’77

Nai-Kong V. Cheung

Lucy Y. Chie, MPH ’06

Richard E. Chinnock, SM ’13

Eugene D. Choi, SM ’04 *

Jane H. Chretien, MPH ’70 *

Walter Clair, MPH ’85

Mark S. Clanton, MPH ’90

Robert Clifford

Anne S. Coletti, SM ’97

Gregory N. Connolly, MPH ’78

James Conway

Joanne Conway

Joseph A. Cook, MPH ’68 *

Kathleen R. Crampton, MPH ’74

Mary Cushman, SM ’96

James E. Dalen, SM ’72

Alan B. Dash, SM ’81

Kenneth M. Davis, SM ’90

Victoria P. de Menil, SM ’06

William R. DeFoor, MPH ’05 *

Charles Deutsch, SD ’87

Melany M. Di Biasi, MPH ’12

Anthony Dias, MPH ’04

Victor A. Diaz, MPH ’79

Louis J. DiBerardinis, SM ’75

J. Robert Dille, MIH ’60 *

Lena E. Dohlman-Gerhart, MPH ’93

Barry C. Dorn, SM ’04

Joseph C. d’Oronzio, MPH ’80 *

Stanley L. Dryden, SM ’64 *

Jennie A. Ozog Duffy, SM ’73 *

Robert T. Duffy *

Christopher P. Duggan, MPH ’94 *

Christopher E. Dunne, SM ’81

Genny D. Dunne

Gerardo D. Durand, MPH ’09

Roland D. Eavey, SM ’04

James E. Egan, MPH ’78

Azimah P. Ehr, MPH ’78

Heinz G. E. Endres, SM ’11

Shannon M. Escalante, SM ’01 *

David Farkas, SM ’07

Edmond F. Feeks, MPH ’96

James D. Felsen, MPH ’72 *

Adam M. Finkel, SD ’87

Laurence B. Flood *

Joseph F. Flynn, Jr.

Hugh S. Fulmer, MPH ’61

Homero R. Garza, MPH ’76

Kimberlee K. Gauvreau, SM ’89, SD ’92 *

Peter Gehr

Soheyla D. Gharib

Chandak Ghosh, MPH ’00

Terrence R. Gillen, ’94

Barbara Goetz

David E. Golan

Judith D. Goldberg, SM ’67, SD ’72 *

Wendy M. Golden, MPH ’06

Richard E. Goldstein, SM ’10

Amy W. Grace, SM ’95 *

Leslie J. Graitcer, SM ’72 *

Philip L. Graitcer, MPH ’72 *

Jennifer N. Greenberg, SM ’00

Karen A. Grepin, SM ’04

Alan D. Guerci, SM ’02 *

Fernando A. Guerra, MPH ’83 *

Ming-Rong Harn, ’02

Tammy C. Harris, MPH ’85 *

Elizabeth E. Hatch, SM ’81 *

Francis W. Hatch III *

Stanley W. Hatch, MPH ’95

Glenn E. Haughie, MPH ’70

Neil C. Hawkins, SM ’86, SD ’88

E. Rodman Heine, MPH ’63 *

Christopher Heiser

Lyndon V. Hernandez, MPH ’09

Janice Hillman

William C. Hinds, SM ’69, SD ’72

Tomio Hirohata, SM ’65, SD ’68 *

Naomasa Hirota, MPH ’92

Warren W. Hodge, MPH ’64

Ronald A. Hoffman, SM ’07

David W. Holder, MPH ’92

Douglas A. Holtzman, MPH ’02

David A. Hornig

Jane B. Horton *

Lois C. Howland, MPH ’78, SM ’94, DPH ’98

Chia-Wen Hsu, MPH ’93

Ping Hu, SM ’93, SD ’96

Pin-Hua Huang, SM ’79, SD ’82

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Sean E. Hunt, SM ’08 *

Mayuri Ichinese

Boris Iglewicz *

Raja Iglewicz, ’85 *

Joseph O. Jacobson, SM ’98

Jason Jagatic

Sok-Ja K. Janket, MPH ’02 *

Kathy L. Jenkins, MPH ’94

Dean R. Johnson *

Vida T. Johnson *

Wayne A. Johnson, MPH ’65

Elsbeth G. Kalenderian, MPH ’89

Kotagal S. Kant, SM ’99

Robert Kaufman

Joel Kavet, SD ’72 *

Stephanie R. Kayden, MPH ’06

Jack C. Keane, SM ’76

Molly Kellogg

Ramin Khorasani, MPH ’03

Dillon Kim, MPH ’02

Hyungjin M. Kim, SD ’95

Jinhyun Kim, PD ’97

Juhee Kim, SD ’04

Mimi Y. Kim, SM ’88, SD ’90

Jonathan D. Klein, MPH ’84

Jeffrey P. Koplan, MPH ’78

Joan B. Koransky, SM ’84

Caroline T. Korves, SD ’04

Uma R. Kotagal, SM ’96

Bernard E. Kreger, MPH ’70

James M. Kulikowski, MPH ’88 *

Adetola O. Ladejobi, MPH ’09

Cynthia Lamy-Wilinsky

David M. Larsen

Suzanne Steinbock Larsen

Augusta F. Law, MPH ’51 *

John C. Leadbeater, MPH ’71 *

Alvin W. Lee *

Thomas H. Lee, Jr., SM ’87 *

Joyce J. Lee-Ibarra, SM ’02

Linda A. Levey

Samuel Levey, SM ’63

Paul M. LeVine, SM ’92 *

Alan Leviton, SM ’71

Julie Lin, MPH ’03

Shin-Yang Liu, MPH ’80

Pamela S. Lotke, MPH ’96

Francisco Loya, SM ’10

Trolena Loya

Hsien-Tsung Lu, MPH ’98

Robert B. Lutes, SM ’80

Stephen H. MacDonald, MPH ’95

Shirley F. Marks, MPH ’76

Lynn M. Marshall, SD ’96

Sarah Armstrong Marshall, SM ’90 *

Troy M. Martin, MPH ’12

Karine Martirosyan, MPH ’03

Jeffrey A. Masters *

Lucy B. Masters *

Keith J. Maxwell, SM ’85

Rika Mazaki

Maria E. Mazorra, SM ’79

Anne McNay

Colin McNay

John McNelis, SM ’08

Craig N. Melin, SM ’75 *

Raul A. Mendoza-Sassi, PD ’01

Peter A. Merkel, MPH ’95 *

Donald K. Milton, MIH ’85, DPH ’89

Catherine M. Moeller *

Matthew P. Moeller, SM ’84 *

Ann E. Moran, MPH ’75, DPH ’80

Katharine E. Morley, MPH ’10

Michael G. Morley, SM ’11

Nanette E. Moss, SM ’94

Cynthia A. Moylan, SM ’97

Nancy E. Mueller, SM ’74, SD ’80

Anne M. Murray, SM ’89

W. Patrick Naylor, MPH ’81 *

Robert H. Neill, SM ’62

Jane W. Newburger, MPH ’80

Elizabeth M. Nicholson *

Philip T. Nicholson, SM ’74 *

Yutaka Niihara, MPH ’06

Jennifer B. Nuzzo, SM ’01

Bernard O. Olayo, MPH ’05

James R. Partin, SM ’13

J. Christopher Perry, MPH ’73 *

Laura L. Peterson, MPH ’93

Louis H. Philipson

Lynn S. Philipson, SM ’80

Josee L. Pilon, MPH ’13

Stephen E. Piwinski, MIH ’82 *

Ari Pollak

Ruth S. Polton *

Thomas D. Polton, SM ’83 *

Cedric W. Porter, Jr., MPH ’69

Michael S. Radeos, MPH ’00 *

David Raduziner

Natasa Rajicic, SD ’06

Steven M. Ramos, MPH ’95

Beth G. Raucher, SM ’02 *

Carl M. Reddix, MPH ’85

Arthur R. Rhodes, MPH ’73 *

Erinn T. Rhodes, MPH ’04 *

Carol H. Rice, SM ’75

Valerie J. Ricker, SM ’93 *

A. E. C. Rietveld, MPH ’94

Lorenz Risch, MPH ’07

John R. Robinson

John Wellington Robinson, SM ’04 *

Christy Robson

Henry A. Roman, SM ’97

Max P. Rosen, MPH ’99

Sidney W. Rosen, MPH ’99 †

Daniel W. Rosenn, SM ’74

Deborah A. Roth, SM ’86 *

Marsha Roth

Rebecca Roth

Ronald T. Rozett, MPH ’68 *

Gloria A. Rudisch, MPH ’70

Jonathan M. Samet, SM ’77 *

Suresh Santanam, SD ’89 *

Phillip W. Sarocco, SM ’93 *

Carole Schatz

Michael Schatz, SM ’01

Jill Sickle Schield, SM ’89 *

Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MPH ’74

Jennifer A. Schumi, PhD ’06

Kevin J. Schwartzman, MPH ’95 *

Nadine B. Semer, MPH ’08

Dayton J. Semerjian

Amrik Shah, SD ’95

Steven K. Shama, MPH ’74

Judith L. Shandling

Craig T. Shelley, MPH ’11

Bernard Shleien, SM ’63 *

Jane Shure

Reinhard Sidor, SM ’67, SD ’73

Stephen L. Silberman, MPH ’73, DPH ’75 *

John Simon *

Kelly Claire Simon, SM ’04, SD ’07 *

Donald C. Simonson, MPH ’98, SM ’99, SD ’06 *

Deborah Sitron

Howard Sitron

James A. Smith

Kristin K. Snow, SM ’93, SD ’00 *

Ann E. Spangler, SM ’80

Paul S. Stark

Brigitte M. Steele

James H. Steele, MPH ’42 * †

Gary F. Stein, MPH ’70

Richard W. Steketee, MPH ’83

James M. Steven, SM ’02 *

Patti Stoll

Eileen Storey, MPH ’78

Jeffrie R. Strang, MPH ’77

Ted Sybertz

Priscilla Szneke, SM ’92 *

Robert J. Szot, SD ’70

Christine Thurber Ervin, MPH ’79

Eric Tilenius

Stephanie S. Tilenius

Jennifer L. Tomasik, SM ’00

Ersin Topcuoglu, MPH ’94

Diana Torres-Burgos

Elizabeth A. Vanner, SM ’82 *

Sivabalan Vasudavan, MPH ’09

Milan Vatovec

Diana K. Verrilli, SM ’92

Elizabeth A. Vigdor, SM ’95

Anand Viswanathan, ’09

Michael W. Voligny *

Rueben C. Warren, MPH ’73, DPH ’75

Raymond W. Watters, MPH ’96

Valerie D. Weber, SM ’10

Carolyn A. Webster, SM ’82 *

Deborah C. Webster-Clair

Henry Wechsler

David J. Wehrly, MPH ’81

Bonnie R. Weinbach, SM ’03

Jay S. Weisfeld, MPH ’77 *

Marcia L. Weisman, SD ’79

Mark L. Weisman

Bruce A. Weiss, MPH ’84

Marianne Wessling-Resnick

Mary E. Wewers, MPH ’99 *

Georgiana K. White, SM ’79 *

Gerald F. White *

Marsha A. Wilcox, SM ’99, SD ’00

John F. Wilinsky

Walter C. Willett, MPH ’73, DPH ’80 *

Earnestine Willis, MPH ’77 *

Beverly Winikoff, MPH ’73 *

Cynthia E. Winne, MPH ’74

Rich Wittman, MPH ’01

Wendy J. Wolf, MPH ’98

Phillip D. Woods, MPH ’02

Joel Yohai, SM ’02 *

David R. Younkin *

Shirley Younkin *

Bin Zhang, SD ’05

Shu Zhang, SD ’97

Hongwei Zhao, SM ’95, SD ’97

Jie Zhao

* individuals who have made a gift for five or more consecutive years

† deceased

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The School gratefully acknowledges the invaluable support of its many corporate, foundation, and institutional donors and

sponsors. Through their engagement, these organizations are helping to improve the health of people around the world. The

following lists recognize organizations that provided gifts and grants of $1,000 and above, or made matching gifts to the School

in fiscal year 2013.




American Heart Association, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Charina Endowment Fund

Charoen Pokphand Group Co. Ltd.

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Ellison Medical Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Goldman Sachs Gives

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Morningside Foundation

Teikyo University

Wells Fargo Foundation

Wildlife Conservation Society


Anonymous (2)

Branta Foundation

Commonwealth Fund

Joyce Foundation

Ambrose Monell Foundation

The Medtronic Foundation

Risk Management Foundation


American Diabetes Association

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Google, Inc.

John & Katie Hansen Family Foundation

Harbor Lights Foundation

JDRF International

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing of America

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Deborah Rose Foundation

Rx Foundation

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Swiss Re Foundation


Anonymous (4)

David Bohnett Foundation

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Bunge Corporation

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Carson Family Charitable Trust

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Ellison Foundation

ExxonMobil Foundation

FACE (Footwear Association Charity Event, Inc.)

Francis Family Foundation

The Ellen F. Gordon Charitable Trust

The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

ILSI Research Foundation

Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Susan G. Komen Foundation

Eric Larson and Barbara Wu Trust

A. G. Leventis Foundation

Massachusetts General Hospital

Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Open Society Institute

Passport Foundation

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Schmidt Family Foundation

Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited

J.T. Tai and Company Foundation, Inc.

The Walton Family Foundation, Inc.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Wells Fargo Bank


Anonymous (3)

2032 Trust

3M Company

Abbott Laboratories

Accelerated Cure Project

Aetna Foundation, Inc.

Aetna Life & Casualty Company

ALS Therapy Alliance, Inc.

Alston & Bird LLP

American Cancer Society, Inc.

American Legacy Foundation

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Inc.

Loreen J.G. Arbus Charitable Lead Trust

Arthritis Foundation


Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund

Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

BioAegis Therapeutics

Blum Family Foundation, Inc.

The Boston Foundation

Breast Health and Healing, Inc.

The Brinson Foundation

Charlotte C. Campbell Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Cancer Research Institute, Inc.

Carrier Corporation

Clermont Charitable Trust

William J. Clinton Foundation

Communique, Inc.

Cooper Clinic

Corporate Health Resources, Inc.

Crozier Family Fund

Joan P. & Ronald C. Curhan Family Fund

Clarence and Anne Dillon Dunwalke Trust

The Dillon Fund

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Mike and Evelyn Donatelli Foundation

Duke Energy Corporation

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Michael S. Feldberg-Ruth Lazarus Charitable Trust

Fiduciary Charitable Foundation

Fieldstone 1793 Foundation

Fine Family Foundation

Fishing Partnership Support Services

Fourjay Foundation

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Erwin O. & Rosalind H. Freund Foundation

William Gallagher Associates Insurance Agency

Bruce S. Gillis, MD, MPH, Inc.


Haber Family Charitable Fund

William A. Haseltine Charitable Foundation

Healey Family Foundation

HealthPoint Capital, LLC

Hesed Foundation

Judith E. Hicks Trust

Conrad Hilton Foundation

Iacocca Foundation


International Rescue Committee

Richard G. Jacobus Family Foundation, Inc.

John Snow, Inc.

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson International

Johnson Family Foundation

Knobloch Family Foundation

Kohler Co.

LAM Foundation

Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation

Leukemia Society of America, Inc.

Linder Legacy Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities

Arthur L. Loeb Foundation

Macaskill Foundation

Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation

Madison Cox Design, Inc.

Malkin Fund

MannKind Corporation

Marisla Foundation

T.J. Martell Foundation

Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary

Massachusetts Medical Society

The McGoldrick Family Foundation

MCJ Amelior Foundation

Medical University of South Carolina

Medlock Consulting


Margaret T. Morris Foundation

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Institute for Health Care Management & Education Foundation


Net Hope, Inc.

New Horizon Foundation

New Venture Fund

New York Academy of Sciences

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System

Northarvest Bean Growers Association

Nunatsiavut Government

Oak Fund of Triangle Community Foundation

The Luke O’Brien Foundation

Occupational & Environmental Health Network

Okinaga Foundation

Oncology-Hematology Clinic

OneWorld Boston

Open Square Foundation

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.

Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation

PAREXEL International Corporation

Partners HealthCare System

The Robert & Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation

Pennsylvania State University

Pershing Square Foundation

Philips Healthcare

Pinkerton Foundation

Linda and Kenneth Pollin Foundation, Inc.

Robert O. Preyer Charitable Lead Unitrust

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Public Consulting Group

Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Roddenberry Foundation

Donald J. Rosato Charitable Foundation

Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation

Saffron Hands, LLC

San Francisco Foundation

Scappaticci-Steinberg Foundation

Schuler Family Foundation

Schwab Charitable Fund

Sedgwick Family Charitable Trust

Siemens Corporation

Peter Singer Foundation

Snider Charitable Trust

The Stare Fund

Stevenson Family Charitable Trust

Still Point Fund

Streisand Foundation

Frank Strick Foundation

Swiss Re

Teikyo Foundation, Inc.

John Templeton Foundation, Inc.

The Trustees’ Philanthropy Fund of Fidelity Charitable

The Wivern Charitable Lead Trust

Thompson Foster Street Foundation, Inc.

Towanda Metadyne, Inc.

Tulis, Miller & Company

Unilever Research Vlaardingen


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Unilever UKCR

University of Waterloo

Ushahidi, Inc.

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

Michael & Louisa von Clemm Foundation

Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust

Leo Wasserman Fund

Wong Family Foundation

World Health Organization

Matching Gift Companies

Abbott Laboratories Fund

Aetna Foundation, Inc.

Amgen Foundation, Inc.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Boeing Company

“Everyone should be able to enjoy healthy, prosperous, vibrant communities

and neighborhoods. Plus, when communities are strong, businesses are

strong. It all cycles together. We can’t have a strong economy without a healthy


“This is why we are thrilled to be collaborating with Harvard School of

Public Health—an organization so clearly in the forefront of finding ways to

integrate health into the larger concept of corporate social responsibility and

sustainability. I don’t know of any group doing as much in this area and do-

ing it so well. Through our support of the Center for Health and the Global

Environment, Wells Fargo is helping to develop a clearer understanding of

alternative energy sources—including its relative costs and best practices de-

signed to protect human health. This is directly related to energy lending, an

important aspect of our business.

“We are also very excited about groundbreaking research on the worldwide

declines in honeybee colonies. This is a hugely important issue since bees are

necessary to pollinate crops, and a massive loss of honeybees is likely to result

in billions of dollars in agricultural losses. Again, this research is directly tied to

our business goals and the economy, as Wells Fargo is a large agricultural lend-

er, and our agricultural customers rely heavily on bees. We’ve funded a number

of studies to understand colony collapse disorder and what’s causing it, with

the goal of helping to prevent this potential disaster from unfolding.

“When we think about human health, we are taking a proactive stance

and focusing on long-term impact. We can’t rely on Band-Aids. Prevention is

the smart way to go.”

Boston Consulting

Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation

Deloitte Foundation

Elizabeth Doolittle Charitable Trusts

Dow Chemical Company Foundation

Dow Jones & Company

Elsevier Foundation

ExxonMobil Foundation

General Electric Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Lone Pine Foundation, Inc.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Macy’s Foundation

McKesson Hboc Foundation, Inc.

Merck Company Foundation

Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Odyssey America Reinsurance Corp.

Pfizer, Inc.

Philips Electronics North America Co.


United Student Aid Funds, Inc.

Walt Disney Company Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Kent D

ayton / HSPH

— Stephanie Rico, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo

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“For seven years, we have been losing honeybee populations at an alarming rate, but until 2012, no one could say

why. That’s when we published a paper tracing this loss to a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids. As a result, the

European Union took action to ban agricultural use of those pesticides for a two-year period, beginning on December 1,

2013, in hopes of sparking the resurgence of honeybee populations.

“Why is this so important? The future of global agriculture—and our food supply—hinges on our ability to address

such issues. Approximately one-third of the foods we commonly consume—apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries and

so on—requires pollination, and honeybees happen to be the most effective pollinator for agricultural production. Not to

mention other crops such as almonds and, of course, honey and other products we get more directly from honeybees.

“We were extraordinarily fortunate to have Wells Fargo Foundation fund our initial research, which explored why

pesticides don’t kill honeybees right away, but rather, over the winter season, the colony disappears. The gifts we receive

from corporations and foundations are timely and critical to our work—especially in light of the significant drop in gov-

ernment funding over the past decade.”

— Chensheng (Alex) Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology,

Department of Environmental Health

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Tribute gifts offer a meaningful way to advance the work of

the School while also recognizing a beloved family member,

friend, or colleague. Individuals who were honored with a

tribute gift in fiscal year 2013 are listed below.



David B. Arnold, Jr.

Barry R. Bloom

Wafaie W. Fawzi, MPH ’89, SM ’91, DPH ’92

Sumner L. Feldberg

Deborah Fikes

David Hemenway

Nancy M. Kane

Alexander McCall Smith

Mary Revelle Paci

Shan V. Sayles

James H. Steele, MPH ’42 †

Marvin Zelen


Mary O. Amdur

Amanda J. Berger

Don Berry

James W. Bridges

Joseph E. Brooks

Paul R. Epstein, MPH ’83

Toni-Anne Giordano

Edgar Haber

Donald F. Hornig

Peter Roth

Melvin R. Seiden

Samuel Serino

Roger Spalding

Fredrick J. Stare

Donald M. Watkin, MPH ’65

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Donald Hornig’s remarkable career spanned more than half a century. A science adviser to three U.S. presidents, he

was a key figure in the Manhattan Project, the top-secret effort to build an atomic bomb during World War II, taught

chemistry at Brown and Princeton universities and served as president of Brown before joining the faculty of Harvard

School of Public Health in 1977.

Hornig’s love for Harvard dated back to his arrival as an undergraduate on a Harvard College National

Scholarship, a program created by University President James E. Conant “to enable young men of outstanding ability

and promise to come to Harvard, no matter what their financial circ*mstances may be.” That support changed his life.

“He grew up in Milwaukee, where his father was a carpenter and housebuilder, and his mother was a seam-

stress,” said his daughter Joanna Hornig Fox, AB ’68, “They lost almost everything in the Great Depression, but

Harvard opened up the world for him.”

At HSPH, Hornig was Professor of Chemistry from 1977 to 1990, serving as chair of the Department

of Environmental Science and Physiology from 1988 through 1990. He was also founding director of the

Interdisciplinary Programs in Health, which produced a distinguished cadre of multidisciplinary environmental

scientists and brought together multiple faculties at Harvard.

When Hornig died on January 21, 2013 at the age of 92, The New York Times recalled his historic role “baby-

sitting” the world’s first atomic bomb at the request of Manhattan Project Director J. Robert Oppenheimer, who

had become nervous about leaving the bomb alone in a small shed at the top of a 100-foot-tall steel tower. Hornig

was “the last man to leave and the last to see the weapon before it changed human history,” the Times recounted.

He was also the designer of a novel firing unit that was essential to the bomb’s detonation.

Hornig’s deep commitment to Harvard was reflected in his decision to designate charitable contributions made in

his memory to both HSPH and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences through a plan available to him as a member of the board

of directors at Westinghouse Electric Company, now CBS Corporation. A fund created in his honor in the Department of

Environmental Health, spearheaded by his dear friend and colleague Joseph Brain, SM ’62, SM ’63, SD ’66, Cecil K. and

Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology, further celebrates his life and contributions.

“Harvard School of Public Health brought together so many of my father’s interests—from the environment to

stopping the nuclear arms race,” said Fox. “Harvard was my father’s lighthouse, and HSPH was a fitting finale to an

adventuresome career.”

DONALD F. HORNIG 1920–2013

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The 1913 Society honors individuals who have made a life income gift or bequest provision to the School. The

1913 Society, in addition to commemorating the year the School was founded, recognizes the vital role our

supporters have played over the past century and the role they play today in ensuring our continued success.


Joanne H. Allport, MPH ’87

Joan M. Altekruse, MPH ’65 and Ernest B. Altekruse

Dorothy Q. Arnold and David B. Arnold, Jr.

Nelson K. Aweh III

Katherine L. Rhyne and Charles W. Axten

Joan R. Baer and Arthur Bugs Baer

Amy C. Barkin, MPH ’76

Judith Benfari and Robert C. Benfari, SM ’67

Terry M. Bennett, MPH ’69

Eugene P. Berg, Jr.

Mrs. William McCormick Blair, Jr.

Barry R. Bloom

Stanley P. Bohrer, MPH ’75

Gary P. Bond, SM ’76

Robert D. Brodley

William A. Burgess, SM ’51

Annette B. Burke and Joseph A. Burke, SM ’72

Deanna L. Byck, SD ’98

Howard E. Chaney, SM ’60

Joan Selig Damson and Barrie M. Damson

Frank Denny †Mary K. Donaldson

Patricia A. Donovan and William B. Donovan, SM ’70

G. Rita Dudley-Grant, MPH ’84

Sumner L. Feldberg

Virginia O. Fine

Katherine A. Forrest, MPH ’71

Niki Friedberg and A. Alan Friedberg

Barbara A. Gales, MIH ’91

Jean M. Doherty-Greenberg, MPH ’79 and David A. Greenberg, MPH ’80

Douglas I. Hammer, MPH ’68, DPH ’76

Peter O. Haughie, SM ’98

Francis Helminski, MPH ’85

Maria Helena Henriques-Mueller, SD ’84

Jose R. Hernandez-Montoya, MPH ’80

Olive W. Holmes

Lilli Schwenk Hornig and Donald F. Hornig †Robin C. Herman and Paul F. Horvitz

Howard Hu, MPH ’82, SM ’86, SD ’90

Joan L. Jacobson and Julius H. Jacobson II

Nancy Elliott and Paul T. Johnston

Marion A. Jordan, SM ’77

Apa Juntavee, MPH ’95

Stephen B. Kay

Maurice E. Keenan, MPH ’77

Geoffrey Kronik

Karim F. Lalji, SM ’91

Stanley N. Lapidus

Mary Ann Lavin, SM ’74, SD ’78

Paul S. Lee, Jr.

Ann M. Lewicki, MPH ’76

Chunhua Liu, SM ’98, SD ’00

Nancy J. Marr, SM ’89

Keitaro Matsuo, SM ’03

Walter F. Mazzone, SM ’64

Marjorie J. McLemore

Steven Uranga McKane, MPH ’79

Jeffrey W. Mecaskey, SM ’90

Diana H. Melvin and S. Noel Melvin

Roger J. Meyer, MPH ’59

Robert L. Mittendorf, MPH ’87, DPH ’91

Theodore A. Montgomery, MPH ’55

Lois H. Moser and Royce Moser, Jr., MPH ’65

Susan A. Elliott and Pat Nicolette

Chong Moo Park, MPH ’54

George Putnam

Kakaraparti V. Rao, SM ’72

Helen Z. Reinherz, SM ’62, SD ’65

Rita D. Berkson, SM ’77 and Randolph B. Reinhold

Phyllis Rose

Louise G. Schloerb and Paul R. Schloerb

Marjorie W. Sharmat

Bernard Shleien, SM ’63

Eleanor G. Shore, MPH ’70 and Miles F. Shore

Joan Smilow and Joel E. Smilow

Sandi Snegireff and Sergei L. Snegireff

Dan Coogan

Ruth F. Snider and Eliot I. Snider

Virginia B. Taplin

Lee L. Traub

Isabelle Valadian, MPH ’53

Hasi M. Venkatachalam, MPH ’68

Helen M. Wallace, MPH ’43 †Marilyn R. Walter and Ronald A. Walter, SM ’72

Jay S. Weisfeld, MPH ’77

Thomas G. White, SM ’52

Doris Wilson, ’48

Enid Wilson

Dyann F. Wirth and Peter K. Wirth

Elihu York, MPH ’69

Anthony J. Zangara, MPH ’62

† deceased

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“My father, Leonid Snegireff, MD,

earned both his master’s degree (in

1939) and doctorate (in 1942) at

the School of Public Health, and he

later became a professor there. He

was one of the first scientists to link

lung cancer and cigarette smoking,

publishing a paper on the topic in the

early 1950s. At the time, this was very

new, and there was obvious opposition

to his findings. But he had the courage

of his convictions and went about

his business studying links between

cancer, chemicals, and radiation.

“I have always wanted to honor

my father at HSPH, and this gift is

my way of doing that. Public health is

tremendously underfunded, and yet it makes an enormous difference in global well-being.

We are extremely blessed in this country, and I think it is important that those of us who

live in a country that is blessed give back.”

—Sergei Snegireff

“As Sergei and I talked about his father’s legacy, I came to a much greater understanding

of how critical public health is to the entire world. I sometimes think it should be called

something other than ‘public health,’ because people often think of public health as being

limited to initiatives such as free vaccines. In fact, it is so much more than that—it touches

every aspect of our lives. All of us need to be educated regarding what public health is, so

that we can more fully appreciate its benefits.”

— Sandi Snegireff

Sergei and Sandi Snegireff’s planned gift will establish the Leonid Sergius Snegireff Fellowship in honor of Sergei’s father

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Financial aid for students remains the greatest

fundraising priority for Harvard School of Public

Health. The School is extremely grateful to our

donors who have established and contributed to

the following named fellowships and financial aid

funds, which serve as leadership examples for

student financial support. Funds created in fiscal

year 2013 are highlighted in bold.




Helen Thayer Adams Scholarship

Andelot Scholarship

Benjamin M. Banks Fellowship

Berkowitz Fellowship in Public Health Nutrition

Barry R. and Irene Tilenius Bloom Fellowship

Joseph D. Brain Fellowship in Environmental Health

Thorley D. Briggs Scholarship

Wanda Lane Buck Fellowship

Carson Family Fellowship

Carson Family Scholarship Program

Danilovich Family Fellowship

Dillon Family Fellowship in Population and Development Studies

Dillon Family Fellowship in Population and International Health

Mike M. and Evelyn B. Donatelli Fellowship

Mitchell L. Dong and Robin LaFoley Dong Scholarship

Endowment Fund for Education of Physicians from Taiwan

Myron E. Essex Fellowship for Students from Africa

Sumner L. Feldberg Fellowship

The Benjamin Greely Ferris, Jr. Fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology

Harvey V. Fineberg Fellowship in Cancer Prevention

Mary E. Wilson and Harvey V. Fineberg Education Fund

Mary E. Wilson and Harvey V. Fineberg Fellowship in Infectious Diseases

Melvin W. First Fellowship

Glickenhaus Financial Aid Fund

Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship

George Gund Endowment Fund

Lewis W. Hackett Scholarship

Julie E. Henry Student Support Fund for Maternal and Child Health

Hesed Africa Scholarship

HSPH DC Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Vasilios Stavros Lagakos Fellowship in Biostatistics

Kent D

ayton / HSPH

“I became passionate about maternal health during my obstet-

rics and gynecology rotation at Muhimbili National Hospital,

the largest hospital in Tanzania. Seeing mothers suffering and

even dying due to preventable pregnancy complications was

heartbreaking. Why should women just die like that? I thought

of the families they left behind, of their spouses and other chil-

dren. This is why I decided to change my focus from individual

patient care to the population level—to public health.

“I’ll never forget how I felt when I received my

acceptance letter to Harvard School of Public Health. It

was a dream come true. Even though attending Harvard

meant leaving behind my beloved husband and two young

children in Tanzania, I knew that it would be worth it. What I

worried about was how I would pay for my tuition and living

expenses. Without financial aid, I truly could not be here.

“I came to HSPH not just for myself but also for the mil-

lions of Tanzanians who are eager to see improvements in

health for everyone. I am so very grateful to the donors whose

gifts make it possible for students like me to do more to im-

prove the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

— Mary Mwanyika-Sando, MPH ’13, Carson Scholar and Maternal & Child Health Services Coordinator, Management and Development for Health, Tanzania

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Leadership Incubator Fund

A.G. Leventis Fellowship for Greek Cypriot Students

A.G. Leventis Fellowship for Nigerian Students

Bernard Lown Fund in Cardiovascular Health

Lukitsh Family Fellowship

The Jere Mead Fellowship

McLennan Family Fellowship

John Bruce Nichols and Margaret L. North Nichols Memorial Scholarship

Novartis Doctoral Student Training Fellowship

Paci Family Fellowship Fund in Public Health

David H. Peipers Fellowship

Margaret D. Penrose Scholarship

Pfizer Pharmacoepidemiology Fellowship

Pharmacoepidemiology Scholarship

Muriel K. and David R. Pokross and Joan P. and Ronald C. Curhan Doctoral Student Support Fund in Nutrition

The Prajna Chair’s Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition

Donald and Sue Pritzker Scholarship

Bernard and Gloria Salick Fellowship in Public Health

Joel E. and Joan L. Smilow Fellowship

Leonid Sergius Snegireff Fellowship

Mortimer Spiegelman Fellowship in Demographic Studies

Irene M. and Fredrick J. Stare Nutrition Education Fund

John F. and Virginia B. Taplin Fellowship

Ming and Snow Tsuang Financial Aid Fund

Gohar and Valad Valadian Fund

Thomas H. Weller Fellowship

Dr. Charles F. Wilinsky Award Fund

Edwin Bidwell Wilson Memorial Fund

Herbert S. Winokur, Jr. Fellowship in Public Health

“My lab is looking for the ‘soft spots’ in human design—the physical

vulnerabilities that make us susceptible to common and complex dis-

eases. In particular, we are exploring why chronic non-communicable

diseases emerge in clusters. For example, someone who becomes obese

is also more likely to develop diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.

“More broadly, we are seeking to better understand how the body

responds to environmental factors, a necessary step towards improved

population health. We focus on systems that control metabolism—how

the body deals with surpluses or deficiencies in calories and nutrients.

We consider the requirements for keeping an organism healthy in

light of changing exposures to, and composition of, food, energy, and

nutrients, as well as other environmental stresses.

“Those who successfully adapt remain healthy. Those who fail

to adapt develop chronic diseases. This is the true ’bottom line’ of

public health.

“Research support and scholarship aid is essential if we are

to fulfill our mission, both now and in the decades to come. Our

students are the future, yet most could not afford to be here without

fellowship support—and many promising students, especially

those from other countries, are unable to enroll because of funding

shortfalls. This is a tragic waste of talent—which is why student aid

is the School’s number one funding priority.”

— Gökhan Hotamisligil, PhD ’94, James Stevens Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism and Chair, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases

“ Research support and scholarship aid is essential if we are to fulfill our mission, both now and in the decades to come.

— Gökhan Hotamisligil

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We thank all members of our HSPH community for their work to make a

healthier world. The following list recognizes our faculty and staff who made

gifts to support the School in fiscal year 2013.


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Morgan Pendergast Baker

David W. Bates, SM ’90

David C. Bellinger, SM ’87

Alicia W. Blatchford

Robert J. Blendon

Barry R. Bloom

William A. Burgess

Julie E. Buring, SD ’83 *

Barbara Burleigh

Tianxi Cai, SD ’99

Richard A. Cash

David C. Christiani, MPH ’80, SM ’81

Gregory N. Connolly, MPH ’78

James Conway

E. Francis Cook, SM ’77, SD ’83

Nancy R. Cook, SM ’79, SD ’82

Todd R. Datz

Roger B. Davis, SD ’88 *

Douglas W. Dockery, SM ’74, SD ’79 *

Barry C. Dorn, SM ’04

Christopher P. Duggan, MPH ’94 *

Marjorie Dwyer

Karen M. Emmons

Harvey V. Fineberg *

Julio Frenk

Kimberlee K. Gauvreau, SM ’89, SD ’92 *

Alan C. Geller

Roberta Gianfortoni

Robert J. Glynn, SM ’81, SD ’85

Rose H. Goldman, MPH ’80, SM ’81

Samuel Harp

Russ B. Hauser, MPH ’90, SD ’94 *

Chung-Cheng Hsieh, SM ’80, SD ’85 *

George B. Hutchison, Jr., MPH ’60

Vincent W. James

Stephen N. Kales, MPH ’92 *

Jeffrey N. Katz, SM ’90

Nancie Koenigsberg

Peter P. Kraft

Francine Laden, SM ’93, SD ’98

Nadine Lambert

Ana M. Langer

Jennifer Leaning, SM ’70

Lucian L. Leape *

I-Min Lee, MPH ’87, SD ’91

Thomas H. Lee, Jr., SM ’87 *

Jonathan I. Levy, SD ’99 *

John H. Lichten

Judith Lok

JoAnn E. Manson, MPH ’84, DPH ’87 *

Leonard J. Marcus

Stephen P. Marks

Donald K. Milton, MIH ’85, DPH ’89

Lata Misra *

Richard R. Monson, SM ’67, SD ’69 *

Nancy E. Mueller, SM ’74, SD ’80

Jennifer Musso

Laurie S. Pascal, MPH ’95

Julie F. Rafferty

Eric J. Rubin

Frank M. Sacks

Ronald C. Samuels, MPH ’95

Anna Sangalang

George R. Seage III

John D. Seeger, DPH ’02

Howard D. Sesso, SD ’99 *

Nancy L. Sieber

Daniel E. Singer, ’82

Sara J. Singer

James A. Smith

Thomas J. Smith

Alix Smullin

John D. Spengler, SM ’73

Meir J. Stampfer, MPH ’80, DPH ’85

Ellie Starr *

Patti Stoll

Rebecca Tiernan

Isabelle Valadian, MPH ’53

Kasisomayajula Viswanath

Michael W. Voligny *

Gregory R. Wagner

David S. Waxman

Marianne Wessling-Resnick

Walter C. Willett, MPH ’73, DPH ’80 *

Dyann F. Wirth

Guocheng Yuan

Ellen M. Zane *

Kent D

ayton / HSPH

* individuals who have made a gift for five or more consecutive years

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“It is so important for the School to have flexible

money to invest in new ideas, but money that

comes without strings attached is hard to come

by. I want to help with that.

“When you write a new proposal, you

obviously can’t use funds that have come from

other grants. You need a little pot of money

from which you can draw to leverage key

priorities. For example, we spent about $30,000

on development of a proposal that, in 2011, led

to an almost $14 million grant from the Gates

Foundation for the Maternal Health Task Force.

In this way, with relatively little money, we

managed to leverage a very large project.

“We also use flexible funds to open

opportunities to students. For instance, we are

now supporting a doctoral student’s participation

in a family planning conference in Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia. This trip will significantly increase

the visibility of our work, and it will also be a

wonderful career step for her. These additional

opportunities cost so little compared to what

they bring—in this case, a wonderful champion

for global reproductive health.

“I truly believe in the mission of this School,

and I want my colleagues to have the flexibility

to advance their amazing portfolios. I know how

limited our unrestricted resources are, and—in a

very, very modest way—I want to help overcome

some of these challenges.”

— Ana Langer, Director of the Women and Health Initiative

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“After serving on a volunteer alumni

advisory council at the School, I came to

appreciate how much HSPH depends on

alumni support. Having been fortunate

enough to enjoy some success in starting

my own clinics, I wanted to give back.

This is why I accepted an invitation to

join the School’s Leadership Council.

“Many donors give to a specific

cause, such as a program or a professor-

ship, but I have always given unrestricted

gifts. Gifts of this type fuel creative and

innovative new programs. They also help

defray expenses for students in need.

“If we trust the School—and I do—I

believe we need to give its leaders the

flexibility they need to accomplish their

goals. Knowing that I am helping in this

way has been very satisfying.”

— James (Jim) Manganello, MPH ’80 member of the HSPH Leadership Council

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The School is tremendously grateful to our many volunteers who, in partnership with faculty members and staff,

are helping to advance the field of public health. We thank the following individuals for their commitment to

HSPH and their service as volunteers during the 2013 fiscal year.


Visiting Committee

Jeffrey P. Koplan, MPH ’78, Chair

Nancy E. Adler

Anita Berlin

Joshua Boger

Lincoln Chen

Walter Clair, MPH ’85

Lawrence O. Gostin

Anne Mills

Kenneth Olden

Barbara Rimer

Mark Lewis Rosenberg

John W. Rowe

Bernard Salick

Edward M. Scolnick

Burton Singer

Kenneth E. Warner

Alumni Council

(as of December 1, 2013)

Anthony Dias, MPH ’04, President

Sameh El-Saherty, MPH ’91, President-Elect

Kelly Dougherty, SM ’06, Secretary

Elsbeth Kalenderian, MPH ’89, Immediate Past President

Marina Anderson, MPH ’03

Haleh Armian, SM ’93

Robert Buelow, SM ’12

Kiran Kamble, MPH ’10

Sadiqa Mahmood, MPH ’13

M. Rashad Massoud, MPH ’93

Michael Olugbile, MPH ’11

Tzipora Strauss, SM ’13

Alison Williams, PD ’10

Board of Dean’s Advisors

(as of December 1, 2013)

Theodore Angelopoulos

Katherine States Burke

Christy Turlington Burns

Raymond G. Chambers

Gerald L. Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79

Lee M. Chin, SM ’75, SD ’79

Jack Connors, Jr.

Jamie A. Cooper-Hohn

Matthew E. Fishman

C. Boyden Gray

Stephen B. Kay

Jeannie Bachelor Lavine

Jonathan S. Lavine

Catie C. Marron

Matthew McLennan

Monika McLennan

Richard L. Menschel, emeritus

Roslyn B. Payne

Barbara Picower

Swati A. Piramal, MPH ’92

Alejandro Ramirez

Lisa H. Schwartz

Mark Schwartz

Howard H. Stevenson

Samuel O. Thier

Katie Vogelheim

Jeffrey C. Walker

Campaign Committee

(as of December 16, 2013)

Jonathan S. Lavine, Co-Chair

Jeannie Bachelor Lavine, Co-Chair

Richard Menschel, Honorary Co-Chair

Ronay Menschel, Honorary Co-Chair

Katherine States Burke

Gerald Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79

Mike M. Donatelli

Timothy Johnson, MPH ’76

Stephen B. Kay

Matthew McLennan

Monika McLennan

Kristin Williams Mugford

Roslyn B. Payne

Deborah Rose, SM ’75

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10

Katie Vogelheim

Leadership Council Executive Committee

(as of December 1, 2013)

Barrie M. Damson

Mitchell L. Dong

Holly D. Hayes

Paula Ivey Henry, SM ’95

Nancy T. Lukitsh

Beth V. Martignetti

Matthew McLennan

Monika McLennan

Michael R. Pollard, MPH ’74

Penelope Pollard

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10

Paula Sneddon

Steven L. Sneddon, SM ’77, SD ’79

Amy A. Spies

John J. Whyte, MPH ’93

Leadership Council

Christine Allen

Loreen J. Arbus

Phyllis August, MPH ’02

Arthur Bugs Baer

Roger L. Barnett

Sloan Barnett

David J. Berck, MPH ’96

Mortimer Berkowitz III

Roger S. Berkowitz

Joan T. Bok

Jeanine Boyle, MPH ’94

Jane Carpenter Bradley

Katherine States Burke

Gilbert Butler, Jr.

Lynne M. Cavanaugh, SM ’79

Humayun J. Chaudhry, SM ’01

Lilian W. Cheung, SM ’75, SD ’78

Peter W. Choo, MPH ’91, DPH ’96

Cynthia L. Cohen, SM ’76

Lawrence H. Cohn

Ambika Collins

Phyllis D. Collins

Francis L. Coolidge

Tyler C. Cooper, MPH ’05

Lammot du Pont Copeland, Jr.

Gail E. Costa, SM ’76

Howard Cox

Prudence S. Crozier

James B. Crystal

Joan P. Curhan

Barrie M. Damson

Irene M. Danilovich

John J. Danilovich

Karen L. Davis, SM ’78

Anthony Dias, MPH ’04

Jean M. Doherty-Greenberg, MPH ’79

Mike M. Donatelli

Mitchell L. Dong

Robin LaFoley Dong

Judith A. Dwyer

Benjamin B. Edmands

Leslie M. Feder

Michael S. Feldberg

Paul J. Finnegan

Fred N. Fishman

Elizabeth R. Foster

Larry S. Gage

Joyce C. Gibson, SM ’72, SD ’74

Steven H. Gibson

Sarah B. Glickenhaus

Seth M. Glickenhaus

Maxine W. Goldenson

C. Boyden Gray

David A. Greenberg, MPH ’80

Susan M. Guillory

Laurence J. Hagerty

Eileen P. Hayes, SD ’79

Holly D. Hayes

Bayard Henry

Julie E. Henry, MPH ’91

Paula Ivey Henry, SM ’95

Judith E. Hicks

Christopher T. Hitt, SM ’75

Olive W. Holmes

James J. Hummer

Tsontcho A. Ianchulev, MPH ’99


Kent D

ayton / HSPH

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“As a doctoral student in the 1970s, I became fascinated with ways of melding technology with public health, and

that interest has stayed with me. While I went on to a career in technology, I remained passionate about public

health, and ten years ago was delighted to become a founding member of the HSPH Leadership Council. Over the

years, my connection to the School has become very much a family commitment, with my wife, Paula, having a

particular interest in women and health.

“What’s stepped up my involvement in recent years is the HarvardX initiative, which has allowed the School to

offer global online classes in fields ranging from biostatistics and epidemiology to climate change. Taken together,

they add up to far more than the sum of their parts, enabling the School to bring public health knowledge to India,

China, and many other places around the world.

“The HarvardX initiative is out-

standing on three levels: vision, mis-

sion, and people. The vision is to use

technology to advance public health

worldwide. The mission is to expand

the availability of public health educa-

tion, which HarvardX does through re-

ducing costs, vastly increasing the num-

ber of students reached, and improving

student experience. The people include

Dean Frenk and Dean for Academic

Affairs David Hunter—both absolutely

stellar champions of the use of these


“The School is tremendously

well positioned to advance the good

of the world through HarvardX. I can

obviously pick and choose in deciding

where to get involved. But when that

vision-mission-people triumvirate lights

up, how can you not support that?” — Steve Sneddon, SM ’77, SD ’79

and Paula Sneddon, members of the HSPH Leadership Council’s Executive Committee

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Charlotte von Clemm Iselin

Joan L. Jacobson

Julius H. Jacobson II

Susanna J. Jacobus, SM ’03

Edgar N. James, MPH ’79

Timothy Johnson, MPH ’76

Elsbeth G. Kalenderian, MPH ’89

Kiran S. Kamble, MPH ’10

Marjorie E. Kanof, MPH ’91

Stephen B. Kay

James A. Kaye, MPH ’99, DPH ’01

Maurice E. Keenan, MPH ’77

Rachel K. King

Charles H. Klippel, SM ’80

Florence R. Koplow

Daman M. Kowalski

Nisha Kumar

Joel Lamstein

William C. Landreth

Eric C. Larson

Per Lofberg

Barbara N. Lubash, SM ’76

Nancy T. Lukitsh

Louise P. MacMillan, SM ’78

James A. Manganello, MPH ’80

Beth V. Martignetti

Shaw McDermott

John L. McGoldrick

Robin B. McLay

Matthew McLennan

Monika McLennan

Richard L. Menschel

Eugene A. Mickey, MPH ’82

Robert L. Mittendorf, MPH ’87, DPH ’91

Augustine E. Moffitt, Jr., SM ’69, SD ’73

William M. Moore, MPH ’66

Patricia A. Moran, MPH ’04

Wolfgang Munar, SM ’89

Jeremy J. Nobel, MPH ’85, SM ’86

William A. Oates, Sr.

Thomas L. P. O’Donnell

Mark O’Friel

Adeoye Y. Olukotun, MPH ’83

Fredrick K. Orkin, SM ’01

Susan L. Orkin

Mary Revelle Paci

Carol Paraskevas

Roslyn B. Payne

Susan Putnam Peck, SM ’87, SD ’91

Michael R. Pollard, MPH ’74

Penelope Pollard

Irene Pollin

Thomas D. Polton, SM ’83

Robert C. Pozen

Robert O. Preyer

Gail Rand

James H. Rand IV

Carol Raphael

Jeannine M. Rivet

Deborah Rose, SM ’75

John A. Ross

Kathleen T. Ruddy

Bernard Salick

Phillip W. Sarocco, SM ’93

Srinivas M. Sastry, MPH ’90

David I. Scheer

Ruth C. Scheer

Roberta Schneiderman

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10

Risa C. Shames, SM ’92

Eleanor G. Shore, MPH ’70

Miles F. Shore

Richard B. Siegrist, Jr.

Charlotte V. Smith

Richard W. Smith

Paula Sneddon

Steven L. Sneddon, SM ’77, SD ’79

Eliot I. Snider

Helen B. Spaulding

Amy A. Spies

Carl W. Stern, Jr.

Howard H. Stevenson

Natasha Stowe

Richard H. Stowe

George H. Strong

Ming T. Tsuang

Randall G. Vickery

Kelly Victory

Clare Villari

Robert C. Waggoner

Michael P. Walsh

Ronald A. Walter, SM ’72

Kenneth B. Waltzer, MPH ’85

Fair H. Wang, SM ’92

J. Frederick Weintz, Jr.

John J. Whyte, MPH ’93

Kim Williams

Stephen H. Wise

Barbara J. Wu

Bertram A. Yaffe †Ellen M. Zane

Paul J. Zofnass

HSPH AIDS Initiative International Advisory Council

Maurice Tempelsman, Chair

Mrs. William McCormick Blair, Jr., Co-Chair

Bruce A. Beal

Peter A. Chernin

Joanne M. Cipolla

Norma Dana

John J. Danilovich

Mitchell L. Dong

Pierre G. Durand

Douglass B. Given

Cathy B. Graham

Lisa M. Henson

John A. Lithgow

Marguerite Littman

Vincent P. McCarthy

Mary Revelle Paci

Susan Butler Plum

Sidney Poitier

Kate W. Sedgwick, MPH ’10

Richard M. Smith

Salwa J. Smith

Victoria Brooks Stafford

Amy T. Wu

Barbara J. Wu

Soon-Young Yoon

Center for Health and the Global Environment Advisory Board

Dan Barber

Mitchell L. Dong

Rick Fedrizzi

Deborah Fikes

Molly Finn

Robert F. Fox, Jr.

Kathleen Frith

Jesse D. Johnson

Kevin Klose

Kelly C. Meyer

Franklin W. Nutter

Fred Osborn III

Barton Seaver

Lise van Susteren

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies Partners Council

Lammot du Pont Copeland, Jr.

Mitchell L. Dong

Niki Friedberg

Paula Ivey Henry, SM ’95

James F. Moore

Mary Revelle Paci

Valerie Ann Rowe

Ruth C. Scheer

Health Policy and Management Executive Council

Jeannine M. Rivet, Chair

John W. Brown

Deirdre P. Connelly

Howard Cox

Tom Daschle

Benjamin B. Edmands

Larry S. Gage

Katie H. Gambill

Ariella Golomb

Laurence J. Hagerty

Robert M. Holster

Charles H. Klippel, SM ’80

Per Lofberg

William Mosakowski

Robert E. Patricelli

Carol Raphael

David B. Snow

Lynn Shapiro Snyder

Richard H. Stowe

Josef H. von Rickenbach

Michael P. Walsh

Ellen M. Zane

Nutrition Round Table Steering Committee

Roger S. Berkowitz

Lilian W. Cheung, SM ’75, SD ’78

Joan P. Curhan

Irene Pollin

Christopher T. Stix

Edwin J. Taff

Nutrition Round Table

Joan P. Curhan, Chair

Laurent H. Adamowicz

Jody Adams



Leah Fasten † deceased

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“As the first director of the Harvard PhD

Program in Health Policy, which includes

six Schools, my admiration for the

School of Public Health has grown. The

Department of Nutrition, under Professor

Walter Willett’s leadership, has become

a top priority of mine. The Department’s

research agenda and strong emphasis

on training doctoral students are both

exemplary. I have a deep appreciation for

the critical importance of financial aid

in attracting the best and the brightest

students, and enabling them to complete

the program in a timely fashion.

“I am pleased that my husband and

parents, Muriel and David Pokross, joined

me in establishing a multigenerational

endowment for doctoral student aid in the

Department of Nutrition, which we will

continue to support. We sincerely believe

that these students will foster a ripple ef-

fect worldwide, as they graduate and go

on to influence many others.”

— Joan Curhan, former Director of Harvard PhD Program in Health Policy and Harvard College Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy and Chair of the HSPH Nutrition Round Table Steering Committee

“While working in the supermarket industry, I learned that countries where the population is most in

need of improved nutrition often suffer from the worst food distribution problems. As a professor of

marketing, I became interested in how these populations could be better served.

“We have focused on HSPH because its students, especially those from other countries, really

need the assistance. The School truly is proficient in its use of gift monies, and donors can have

great impact with their support.”

— Ronald Curhan, MBA ’57, DBA ’71, Professor Emeritus, Marketing Department, School of Management, Boston University and member of the HSPH Nutrition Round Table

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Susanna E. Bedell

Roger S. Berkowitz

Jane Carpenter Bradley

Martin T. Breslin

Nancy Budge

Lilian W. Cheung, SM ’75, SD ’78

Kenneth H. Cooper, MPH ’62

Prudence S. Crozier

Anne Fitzpatrick Cucchiaro

Ronald C. Curhan

David P. Davidson

Mitchell L. Dong

Robin LaFoley Dong

Fred K. Foulkes

Maisie Greenawalt

Frank Guidara

Susan M. Guillory

Elizabeth M. Hagopian

Holly D. Hayes

Ned Hentz

Thomas Herskovits

Judith E. Hicks

Lee A. Iacocca

Margaret Igne-Bianchi

Michael E. Jacobson

Ellen L. Kaplan

Mollie Katzen

Eric C. Larson

Barbara J. Lind

Louise P. MacMillan, SM ’78

Carmine A. Martignetti

Linda D. Masiello

Steven E. Miller

Irene Pollin

Douglas Rauch

Gloria W. Sakata

Srinivas M. Sastry, MPH ’90

Robert Snyder

Christopher T. Stix

Edwin J. Taff

Ming Tsai

Randall G. Vickery

Theresa Woolverton

Bertram A. Yaffe †Peter M. Yeracaris, MPH ’98

Youko Yeracaris


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the 2013 Gift Report. We apologize for any errors. Please report any discrepancies to Anna Sangalang, Director of Donor Relations.

Phone: (617) 432-8445, Email: [emailprotected]

† deceased

Kent D

ayton / HSPH

In the 2013 fiscal year, more than 1,400 alumni made gifts to support the priorities across the School. For a full list of alumni donors, please visit our website at:


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Fiscal Year 2013 Financial HighlightsJuly 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013

Harvard School of Public Health saw marked improve-

ment in financial performance in fiscal year 2013,

reversing the recent trend of declining annual financial

results. Year-over-year revenue growth of 5%—compared

to just 1% growth in expenses—was a key factor in this

favorable performance. Total revenues came to $344

million. Non-federally sponsored revenue performed

particularly well and the School’s sponsored research

pipeline remains strong, with the number of proposals

submitted in fiscal year 2013 and their total dollar value

reaching record levels. Total sponsored support grew

slightly, despite a small decrease in federal sponsored

revenue caused by the wrap-up of two major programs:

the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of

2009 (ARRA). Other major revenue categories increased,

combining with successful efforts in expense manage-

ment, revenue diversification, and improved operational

efficiencies to put the School on the path to long-term

financial stability.


In FY13, the Campaign for Harvard School of Public

Health was the major focus of fundraising activity. The

School raised $63.3 million in new gifts, grants, and

pledges, growing the Campaign nucleus fund to $155.4

million by the end of the fiscal year. Gifts from 1,405

HSPH graduates brought the alumni giving rate to 13%.

Gifts to financial aid totaled $2.7 million and 477 new

donors joined the ranks of HSPH supporters in FY13.

FISCAL YEAR 2013 Operating Revenue

Federal Sponsored Research 42%

Non-Federal Sponsored Research 14.1%

Endowment Income 13.4%

Tuition & Executive Education 10.9%

Research Facility & Administrative Costs Recovery 13.5%

Gifts & Other Revenue 6.1%

Federal Sponsored Research 42.5%

Non-Federal Sponsored Research 11.2%

Academic Support23%

Facilities 10.1%

Administration & Development 10.2%

University Assessment 3%

FISCAL YEAR 2013 Operating Expenses


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Dominici’s practical suggestions: alter airplane design to dampen engine

noise; soundproof houses and other buildings near airports; reroute existing

or future runways away from residential areas; and monitor the cardiovascu-

lar health of elderly residents who live near airports.

The policy implications of Dominici’s work would seem to extend to

environmental noise more broadly. But making that leap isn’t easy. For

one thing, it’s hard to assess whether a common and pervasive environ-

mental exposure like noise contributes to disease, because there can be

widespread confounding factors, such as smoking, alcohol, diet, age, or

preexisting illness.

“In environmental policy, there’s an interesting dilemma,” Dominici says.

“You have to figure out the right culprit, because people are exposed to many things at once. If I don’t isolate the specific

source of the noise—if I just conclude that noise in general is bad for you—then the results won’t be translated into policy.

The automobile industry would say, ’It’s not my fault.’ The music industry would say, ’It’s not my fault.’”

The hurdles to action, she adds, are political. “Environmental studies try to narrowly isolate one environmental expo-

sure from another. Because to change policy, you must be able to point your finger at exactly what is making people sick.”

—Madeline Drexler is editor of Harvard Public Health.

As she collects data on changing

fuel consumption and pollution

trends in the Himalayas, Powers is

also gathering anecdotes about the

social impact of the solar cooker. For

example, its novelty has rearranged

the traditional division of labor

within the family. “When I visit the

villages,” Powers says, “some of the

women come running up to me and

say, ’I can’t believe it, my husband

actually is cooking!’”


The success of Powers’ project has not

come without personal cost. While

working in Qinqhai, she contracted a

multiparasite infection that completely

debilitated her, with pain, fever,

vomiting, skin rashes, and delirium.

She credits her HSPH advisers for

saving her life. They went to great

lengths not only to locate her—no easy

feat in such an isolated area—but also

to arrange for evacuation to a hospital

in Hong Kong, where she spent two

and a half months. All the while, she

continued typing out ideas for her solar

cooker, using the hand that was not

hooked up to an intravenous drip.

Jack Spengler still worries about

Powers returning to high altitudes

to continue her work. But he knows

that the same qualities that put her

own health at risk are those that make

her such a promising force for public

health. “Some students are just handed

data sets and told, ’Analyze them,’”

Spengler says. “Catlin decided to take

her project to a remote area of the

world, endure incredible hardships,

and overcome them.”


The Global Alliance for Clean

Cookstoves estimates that 4 million

people in the developing world die

each year from smoke exposure to

fuels like yak dung, wood, and crop

residue. Powers says those popula-

tions are trying to change their fuel

habits, but she fears they could move

in the wrong direction.

“We live in a moment in history

when millions of families are tran-

sitioning from traditional fuels to

modern fuels like coal,” Powers says.

“This transition could be disastrous

for people and the earth—or it could

be an opportunity to produce clean,

convenient renewable energy avail-

able on a mass scale.”

That’s where her work comes in.

“I would love our products to be not

only symbols of transition towards a

better future in developing nations,”

she says. “I also would love to see

them adopted by people in developed

nations, who are still searching for

ways to live in a sustainable way.”

Karen D. Brown, an award-winning radio and print journalist based in Western Massachusetts, specializes in health issues.

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ALUMNI COUNCIL As of November 2013

Officers Anthony Dias, MPH ’04 President

Sameh El-Saherty, MPH ’91President-Elect

Kelly Dougherty, SM ’06Secretary

Elsbeth Kalenderian, MPH ’89Immediate Past President

Alumni Councilors

2011–2014Haleh Armian, SM ’93Michael Olugbile, MPH ’11*Alison Williams, PD ’10

2012–2015Marina Anderson, MPH ’03Robert Buelow, SM ’12*M. Rashad Massoud, MPH ’93

2013–2016Kiran Kamble, MPH ’10Tzipora Strauss, SM ’13 Sadiqa Mahmood, MPH ’13*

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VISITING COMMITTEE Jeffrey P. Koplan, MPH ’78Chair

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BOARD OF DEAN’S ADVISORS Theodore AngelopoulosKatherine S. BurkeChristy Turlington BurnsRay ChambersGerald L. Chan, SM ’75, SD ’79Lee M. Chin, SM ’75, SD ’79Jack Connors, Jr.Jamie A. Cooper-HohnMatthew FishmanC. Boyden GrayStephen B. KayJeannie LavineJonathan LavineCatie MarronMatthew McLennanMonika McLennan Richard L. Menschel* Roslyn B. PayneBarbara PicowerSwati A. Piramal, MPH ’92Alejandro Ramirez Lisa H. SchwartzMark SchwartzHoward StevensonSamuel O. ThierKatherine VogelheimJeffrey C. Walker


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James Steele was a loyal supporter of the School, who gave regularly to the HSPH Scholarship Fund for more than four decades. To make a gift in Steele’s honor, please visit hsph.me/give-now and be sure to enter “In honor of Jim Steele” in the field marked “Comments/Other Designation.”

In Memoriam: James H. Steele, MPH ’42

James H. Steele, MPH ’42—who is often referred to

as “the father of veterinary public health”—died at age

100 on November 10, 2013.

Over a career during which dozens of emerging

diseases came to light, Steele laid the groundwork for

much of our understanding of how such infections

jump from animals to people.

The lone veterinarian in a class of physicians at HSPH,

Steele founded in 1945 the first veterinary public

health program at the U.S. Public Health Service,

where he served for 26 years. In 1971, after retiring

from the Public Health Service, he joined the faculty of

the University of Texas School of Public Health, where

he served as professor emeritus until his death.

Steele became the nation’s first assistant surgeon

general for veterinary affairs in 1968 and deputy

assistant secretary for health and human services in

1970. He advised the World Health Organization on

veterinary public health for more than 50 years.

During a storied career, Steele pioneered work leading

to development of a safe, effective rabies vaccine

and spearheaded interventions that contained and

prevented such infections as brucellosis and


While a student at HSPH, Steele was on the verge

of leaving when then-Dean Cecil Drinker came to the

rescue with much-needed financial support. Steele

repaid that investment with decades of support to

student aid at HSPH and in the scores of young

scientists he mentored.

“Human and animal health are inextricably linked,”

Steele observed. “They always have been. They

always will be.” Steele’s obituary in The New York

Times quoted Craig N. Carter, a veterinarian who

studied under Steele and later wrote a biography of

him, on Steele’s influence in the field: “What would

things be like if there had never been a Jim Steele?”

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