Friends and supporters of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health gathered on May 24 at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge for a luncheon saluting members of the School’s 1913 Society. More than 70 Society members and their guests attended.
Opening the event, the 1913 Society’s vice chair, Dr. Timothy Johnson,
MPH ’76, extended a warm welcome to the group and reflected on his personal engagement with the Society. Following the meal, former dean and 1913 Society Chair Barry Bloom introduced the faculty speaker, John A. Quelch, SM ’78, the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard Chan School. Quelch’s presentation, “Putting Consumers First,” focused on the challenges and importance of creating customer-driven strategies around issues of health care.
Quelch, a member of the 1913 Society, made a generous planned gift to the Harvard Chan School to create a professorship. “Many public health problems are quite intractable and require the convergent efforts of the public sector, private sector, and civil society to solve them,” he said. “That is why I’ve created a professorship of health care management at the School.”