Mission & History

 

Mission of the Harvard Club of Southern California

The Club sponsors social, entertainment, and educational programs for our members throughout Southern California.  Additional important Club functions include:

  • Raising scholarship funds for Harvard College.

  • Interviewing all Southern California applicants to Harvard College.

  • Awarding summer fellowships to deserving Harvard students from the local area who work on community service projects.

  • Awarding prize books to outstanding students at local high schools.

  • Presenting awards at our Annual Dinner, including the John Harvard Award for Distinguished Community Service, and the Educator of the Year Award.

  • Outreach to diverse Harvard constituencies.


Club Timeline

1901 - The Harvard Club of Southern California founded

1918 - The Radcliffe Club founded

1934 - HCSC incorporated in the state of California: Club address 306 West Third Street

1946 - HCSC buys the property at 234 South Loma Drive, Los Angeles

1956 - By-laws amended

1960 - Clubhouse sold for $21,637.  New Club address: 816 W. 5th St., Suite 702

1961 - Clubhouse Proceeds Trust created with 10-year mandate to buy a new clubhouse

1966 - Earliest membership directory - 401 members (193 college, 73 HBS, 96 HLS, 39 HMS)

1971 - Clubhouse Proceeds Trust mandate expires with no new clubhouse

1974 - First John Harvard Award for Distinguished Community Service given to Tom Bradley

1975 - First joint Harvard and Radcliffe Clubs directory - 680 combined members

1976 - Suzanne S. Labniner MAT ’55 becomes first female president of the Harvard Club

1982 - Clubs merge to form “The Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Southern California”

1984 - Membership Directory begins publishing annually

1985 - Articles of Incorporation amended to make the Club a non-profit corporation

1992 - First Excellence in Education award given to Judith Codding, Principal of Pasadena High

2001 - Club centennial celebrated

2008 - The Club changes its name to “The Harvard Club of Southern California”

2009 - Final Membership directory. “The Club has approximately 1,000 members out of an estimated 11,000 alumni/ae living in Southern California.”  Address is 627 Aviation Way in Marina del Rey

2010 – New Mission Statement adopted

2012 - First Fred Smith Award for Distinguished Service to the Harvard Club of Southern California given to Jonathan Baskin ’61

2014 - By-laws amended

Past Club Presidents

Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Southern California

1982-1983       Dana F. Bresnahan ’47, MBA ’49

1983-1985       W. Garwood Kleinhen ’50, MBA ’52

1985-1987       Gerald H. Levin ’48

1987-1989       Edward C.H. Carterette ’51

1989-1991       George B. Newhouse, Jr. ’76

1991-1993       Ciji Ware ’64

1993-1995       Robert E. Schauer MBA ’62

1995-1998       Don A. Hernandez ’83

1998-2000       Nehama Jacobs ’74

2000-2002       Diana V. Farnsworth MD ’60

2002-2004       Elizabeth Gillis Warden ’82

2004-2006       Susan E. Reardon ’77, JD ’80

2006-2008       Cynthia Torres ’80, MBA ’84


Harvard Club of Southern California

2008-2010       Kenneth S. Williams ’78

2010-2012       Dan Medina ’79, MBA ’83

2012-2014       Albert Chang ’63

2014-2016       Kay Park ’87

2016-2018       Steven Arkow ’84

2018-               Patric M. Verrone ’81