The HCNY Foundation provides the opportunity for HCNY Club members, Harvard alumni, and friends of the HCNY Foundation to create named scholarship funds with gifts of $150,000 or more. Currently, there are four named funds: the George J.W. Goodman Endowment, the Holland Family Endowment, the Herbert J. and Lise R. Seligmann Endowment, and the Dr. Samantha Boardman Rosen '94 and Mr. Aby Rosen Scholarship Endowment.
- The Goodman Endowment
- The Boardman Rosen Endowment
- The Herbert J. & Lise R. Seligmann Endowment
- The Holland Endowment
Funding for the George J.W. Goodman Lectures on Media and Global Affairs has been donated by longtime Club member, George J.W. Goodman ’52, better known as “Jerry” to the Club. As an extension of his distinguished career as an author, a host of an award winning television show, and an economist, Mr. Goodman endowed a generous gift to the HCNY Foundation to support a special lecture series with a focus on various aspects of media, including social media, and their implications in the world today. Carrying forward his belief in supporting local Harvard philanthropic efforts, Mr. Goodman’s extraordinary generosity to the HCNY Foundation funds these exceptional lectures for Club members and their guests to enjoy in perpetuity. His gift reflects his lifelong passions. Mr. Goodman has served on the Club’s Board of Managers, was an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and sat on several Overseers Committees. He was also the Club’s Annual Dinner speaker in 2001.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Goodman received a small scholarship to Harvard College. When he sold a magazine piece at the end of his junior year, he actually gave the money back. Mr. Goodman took a full load of writing courses, was on the editorial board of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated magna cum laude, and then furthered his education by attending Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar studying political economy and wrote his first novel instead of a thesis, published as The Bubble Makers in the US and UK. Three more novels followed, one of which, The Wheeler Dealers, became a movie starring James Garner and Lee Remick, and Mr. Goodman wrote the screenplay. In 1954, he enlisted in the US Army and served mostly at Fort Shafter and in Southeast Asia, and he was assigned to the pre Green Beret Special Forces.
When Clay Felker was planning New York Magazine, he asked Mr. Goodman to do an anonymous page on Wall Street modeled on those in the Financial Times and The Economist. He gave the pseudonym “Adam Smith” to the page, apparently over Mr. Goodman’s objections. Mr. Goodman’s first “Adam Smith” book, called The Money Game, added psychology—”identity and anxiety”—to its view of the financial markets. It was number one on The New York Times best seller list for well over a year. The next book, Supermoney, introduced Warren Buffett to the world, and was also a number one bestseller. Three other “Adam Smith” books followed. Professor Paul Samuelson, America’s first economics Nobel Prize winner, wrote in his textbook, of The Money Game, “this is a modern classic.”
Goodman also had a long career as a television commentator on finance and economics as “Adam Smith,” most notably on PBS in the 1980s and ’90s as a Nightly Business Report contributor and as host of his own series, Adam Smith’s Money World. Its pioneering graphics reflected the metaphoric “Adam Smith” style. This series became the most honored program in its field, winning eight Emmy nominations and four Emmy Awards, as well as The Overseas Press Club Award. The “Adam Smith” program reported on scene. China Television, CCTV, reported after its broadcast that the first “Adam Smith” China special, “From Marx to Mastercard,” reached 375 million people. In the Soviet Union and subsequently in Russia, when Gorbachev introduced “perestroika” and “glasnost”–the opening of Russian society–“Mir Finansov”–the “Adam Smith” program, was broadcast weekly on Channel One in prime time, with a sound track in Russian, and Mr. Goodman’s interview with Gorbachev received wide attention. The weekly PBS program reached about 40 countries.
At Princeton University, he served on the Advisory Board of the economics department for 18 years, and then on the board of the Center for International Studies, whose chairman suggested that Mr. Goodman create an open lecture from his international programs from Russia and China. In 2003, Princeton named them the Goodman Lectures on Media and Global Affairs, and televisions clips made Gorbachev and Deng Xiao Peng and Carlos Menem more immediate. “Media now is much broader, with Facebook and other social media,” Mr. Goodman says. “I think of the Princeton lectures as the out of town tryout.”
For more information on the life and times of Mr. Goodman, please see the Times’ account of his accomplishments and impact. The HCNY Foundation is so grateful for Mr. Goodman’s remarkable generosity and is delighted to bring this special series to the Club.
To demonstrate their strong belief in supporting Harvard College’s financial aid program, Foundation Director, Dr. Samantha Boardman Rosen ’94 and her husband, Mr. Aby Rosen, made a generous donation in the spring of 2011 to endow an undergraduate scholarship. The Samantha Boardman ’94 and Aby Rosen Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship funding to a talented New York City student who is financial aid eligible in perpetuity.
Harvard has been important to Samantha’s family for many years. Her great, great grandfather, George Fisher Baker, a financier and philanthropist, provided the initial funding for the construction of the Harvard Business School in 1924. The Baker Trust established after his death continues to support education, medicine, social services and civic organizations.
George F. Baker, Jr. with his father in 1926.
Dr. Samantha Boardman graduated Harvard College in 1994, joined the Club shortly after, and now serves as a director of the HCNY Foundation. Carrying forth the Baker tradition, she is committed to Harvard and to providing students with the opportunity to achieve their goal of a Harvard education. Her husband, Aby Rosen is the co-founder of RFR Holding, a privately held real estate investment and management firm. His support of the arts is longstanding, and he was recently appointed Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts by Governor Cuomo. His commitment to preservation and restoration of landmark buildings in the city–including the Lever House and the Seagram building–has been recognized by the Landmarks Conservancy, the American Institute of Architecture, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was born in Germany and moved to New York City in 1987 and thinks of himself as a New Yorker. Both he and Samantha greatly value the impact education and the city has had on their lives and this gift enables them to honor both. The HCNY Foundation and its Scholarship Recipients are most appreciative for their philanthropy.
Herbert J. Seligmann ’12 and his wife Lise Seligmann (longtime members of the Club), through an estate and trust bequest, have made generous donations for an endowed named scholarship fund and an endowed annual public affairs lecture at the Club.
Herbert Seligmann (1891-1984) was a noted author, civil rights activist and journalist whose writings at the New Republic, the New York Evening Post, New York Globe and New York Tribune reflected his interest in public policy in the US and Europe as well as in the arts.
In 1918, participating as a journalist in the fight against the Ku Klux Klan, he published his first book, The Negro Faces America. He later became the publicity director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and remained with the NAACP for 13 years, writing extensively on race problems.
His interest in the arts led Mr. Seligmann to meet the pioneer photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his wife Georgia O’Keefe and he became a member of the Stieglitz Circle, contributing a chapter to the book America and Alfred Stieglitz. After Mr. Seligman’s death, it was the wish of his estate that his collection of American art be left to the Royal Museum of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, in memory of the Danish people’s aid to Danish Jews at the outbreak of World War II.
During the 1930’s Mr. Seligmann became the publicity director for the National Redeployment Service, a predecessor of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which was engaged in salvaging and reconstituting community services destroyed throughout Eastern Europe during World War I. During his extensive travels in Eastern Europe, he became concerned with the rise of Nazism and wrote the book Race Against Men.
During WWII, Seligmann moved to Washington D.C. and joined the Office of War Information and later became Chief of the Washington Bureau of the “Overseas News Agency” (ONA). After World War II, he returned to New York City and served as Public Information Director of the American Jewish Committee. He later contributed a series of articles on Maine painters to local magazines and “spent considerable time with Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Scarlatti, inter alia, at my piano.”
As Mr. Seligmann wrote in 1962 for the Harvard Fiftieth Anniversary Report of the Class of 1912: “On the brink of age seventy, I have come to know that the last basic resource of any human being is courage, that it is the cultivated senses and the informed imagination which open up the great world to the individual, and that for me there is no finer resort than the realm of great books, great art and great music.”
The inaugural Seligmann Public Policy Lecture by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs ’76, M.A.’78, Ph.D.’80 was a resounding success with over three hundred members and guests in attendance. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, a retired American diplomat and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government spoke at the second annual lecture.
The third annual lecture, featuring Mr. Richard Barth ’89, CEO and President of the KIPP Foundation, will take place at the Club on Thursday, May 17th, 2012.
The Foundation is pleased that, through the generosity of the estate of Herbert and Lise Seligmann, the Club will be able to continue to host some of the most compelling minds in public policy.
The Taffy and Leonard Holland Family Scholarship fund was established in 2002 as an endowed fund with the Harvard Club of New York Foundation to acknowledge the importance the Holland family has always placed on education. Taffy Holland, the mother of Dr. Claudia Holland ’77 and Louisa Holland ’80, was a children’s book author and lifelong teacher and, together with her late husband, Leonard, was thrilled to send Claudia and Louisa to Harvard.
In order to make this opportunity available to others, and as a fitting tribute to Leonard, the scholarship was funded jointly by Taffy, her daughters and their spouses (Dr. Richard Crane and Stephen Rinehart ’79). Following Taffy’s death this year, the family honors her devotion to students by continuing to give to the Foundation even after the Scholarship was fully funded. The family is happy to continue its connection to learning, to books, and to Harvard through Taffy and Leonard’s grandchildren Angelica Crane ’05 (a teacher), Sally Rinehart ’09 (a book designer), Francesca Crane (a teacher), and Nicholas Rinehart ’14 (happily ensconced in Cambridge).
Harvard Commencement 2009.
From left to right: Taffy Holland, Angelica Crane-Dosik ’05, Dr. Richard Crane, Dr. Claudia Holland ’77, Francesca Crane, Louisa Holland ’80, Stephen Rinehart ’79, Nicholas Rinehart ’14, Sally Rinehart ’09, and Richard Dosik.