HSPH community celebrates Centennial

Dean Julio Frenk cuts the cake for eager partygoers.

October 29, 2013 — Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) faculty, staff, and students packed Kresge Cafeteria for a community party on October 25, 2013, capping the School’s two-day Centennial celebration. The event included the unveiling of a time capsule that will be placed in the wall of the School’s FXB Building and won’t be opened until 2063. Dean Julio Frenk read from the letter he wrote to the future Dean of HSPH, and partygoers were invited to add their own messages to the capsule.

Dean Frenk recognized the ten most long-serving staff and faculty members:

Lucian Leape, adjunct professor of health policy, left, with former HSPH Dean Harvey Fineberg
  • Frank Speizer, professor of environmental science (52 years)
  • Mary Frances McLane, project associate in the Department of Cancer Biology (48 years)
  • Joseph Brain, Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Health (47 years)
  • Alvin Wing, senior programmer analyst, Department of Epidemiology (45 years)
  • William Mahoney, director of IT infrastructure and user support (45 years)
  • Arthur Sobol, programmer analyst, Department of Behavioral Sciences (42 years)
  • Max Essex, Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences (42 years)
  • Jay Winsten, associate dean for public and community affairs (41 years)
  • Eoin Trevelyan, lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management (41 years)
  • Jack Spengler, Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation (40 years)

party-studentsOther highlights included a champagne toast and a video presentation featuring pre-recorded birthday greetings from musician Elton John, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and Bono, who also performed a special birthday song with fellow U2 band member The Edge.


Partygoers added messages to the Centennial time capsule
Partygoers added messages to the Centennial time capsule

— Amy Roeder

Photos: Kent Dayton, Tony Rinaldo

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