Who We Are

The remarkable Harvard-Radcliffe class of 1973, an impressive collection of characters and personalities, includes a Nobel Prize winner, diplomats, a US Senator, a former Lt. Governor, conflict resolution specialists, 5 Rhodes Scholars,* opera singers, literary lights, a Solicitor General, filmmakers, distinguished physicians, professors and museum directors and a host of folks who may have lower profiles but are celebrities because of their good will and good works. We live in 46 states and 27 countries and have one of the most active class groups at Harvard.

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Class ACT Board Members

Jonathan Sprague, co-founder and co-president, co-chairman of the Board

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Jonathan received his master degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He then completed an Advanced Fellowship in Health Administration in the Presidents’ Offices of the American Hospital Association and Blue Cross Association. He is the President of Rocky Coast Consulting (RCC) a national consulting firm, located in Bangor, Maine, where he grew up. His career has been focused on providing planning and other support to improve health and health systems across the country, with special emphasis on rural communities. In addition to work with clients he has chaired the National Rural Health Association’s policy studies on the Rural Medicaid and General Surgery. He has consulted on the development of state-wide rural health plans in Maine, Virginia, and North Carolina. Jonathan is one of the founders of ClassACT and currently co-chairs its Board.

Marion Dry, co-founder and co-president, co-chairman of the Board

After undergraduate study, Marion went on complete a Master of Music degree at Northwestern University in voice and opera studies. Since then she has pursued a concert and opera career, singing as a leading contralto with major opera companies and orchestras in the United States and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, National Symphony of Panama, National Symphony of the Ukraine, Handel and Haydn Society, and others. She was a member of the original cast of world premiere performances of John Adams’ opera, Nixon in China, directed by Harvard alum, Peter Sellars, which toured the United States and received Emmy and Grammy award nominations. Marion has performed numerous operatic roles in the United States with Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy’s Next Wave Festival, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Opera Boston, Blossom Music Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, and in Europe in concerts in Italy and at Netherlands Opera and Edinburgh Festival. In 2014, she sang the title role in the world premiere of the opera Anne Hutchinson by composer Dan Shore and librettists Bill Fregosi and Fritz Bell with Intermezzo Opera. Recordings include Nixon in China, the first recording of Lukas Foss’s opera, Griffelkin, for which she sang the Grandmother (Devil), Let’s Have a Union by The Jubilee Trio, and Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa. She can be heard on Brave Records, Chandos, Nonesuch, Koch, Virgin Classics and CRI recording labels. In 1997 she joined the faculty of Wellesley College where she has served as Senior Music Faculty in Voice, Chair, and Director of the Music Performance Program. Marion served as co-chair of the HR73 35th Reunion and has been active on HR73 reunion committees since the 25th reunion. Marion is one of the founders of ClassACT and currently co-chairs its Board.

George Putnam, Treasurer

After receiving his undergraduate degree, George completed the joint law and business program at Harvard Business and Law Schools, obtaining the degrees of JD and MBA in 1978. He spent seven years practicing corporate, environmental and bankruptcy law with the Dechert LLP firm in Philadelphia. He left the practice of law in 1985 to found New Generation Research, Inc., a bankruptcy research and publishing firm. In 1990 he launched New Generation Advisors LLC, an investment management firm specializing in distressed securities. George has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA), World Environment Center, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Saint Mark’s School (Southborough, MA), the Epiphany School (Boston, MA) and the Sea Education Association. George is one of the founders and is now the Treasurer of ClassACT.

Sallie Gouverneur

Sallie Gouverneur graduated from Harvard, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and attended the Radcliffe Publishing course in 1973, then went to work at the New Yorker Magazine for a staff writer; she next worked at Harper & Row, Publishers in editorial and managerial capacities and helped found Harper/San Francisco in 1977. She set up her literary agency Gouverneur & Co. in 1982 and for 15 years represented a distinguished group of writers on a range of topics; she advised the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on a series of books about technology, and wrote 2 books for children about sewing. She also co-chaired a capital campaign for Grace Church School in Manhattan which quintupled the endowment. Moving in 1998 to Hong Kong, she worked in the library at the Helena May Institute and served on a committee distributing money to Hong Kong charities. On her return to the States she helped set up the Fund for Women in Asia, an offshoot of The Women’s Foundation (Hong Kong) and edited various written works, including a document on Economic Justice for Women to be delivered at the UN. In 2004 she got an MA from Columbia in East Asian studies, and spent some time studying Cantonese and Mandarin. She also served for 6 years on WNYC Radio’s Community Advisory Board, and organized NY-area functions for Harvard Lampoon alumni. When not working on projects for ClassACT she weaves rugs, shawls, scarves and other textiles on various looms and follows the news of the world. Sallie is one of the founders of ClassACT.

Therese Steiner

After receiving her undergraduate degree , Therese earned a Certificat D’Etudes en Sculpture from the Academie Julien in Paris, France and a M.F.A. from Columbia University. She is the Founder and President of Therese Steiner Consulting and is a management consultant with media, non-profit and creative organizations. Therese has worked with senior executives and leadership teams with a variety of clients including: ABC Radio, ABCNews.com, AOL, Consumer Reports Television, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, HarperCollins Publishers, J.P. Morgan, Julie Foudy, PBS, Seriouseats.com, Sesame Workshop, Showtime Networks, and Viacom. Therese brings personal experience working in media and entertainment to her consulting practice. As Deputy Director of the Production Center at WNET/13 in New York, the flagship PBS station, Therese was responsible for the development, production and distribution of WNET’s national programming portfolio, such as Great Performances, Nature, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, American Masters, which represented one-third of the PBS prime-time schedule. Therese was a Field Producer on the Emmy, Peabody and Christopher Award winning series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, with Abba Eban. In addition to serving on the founding Board of Class Act HR73, Therese serves on the Executive Board of Classic Stage Company, a non-profit theater in New York, and is Board Chair Emeritas/ Co-Founder of GlobalGirl Media a non-profit empowering girls from under-resourced communities through digital media, journalism and self-esteem training.

Carl Muller

Carl Muller left a South Carolina farm in 1969 to go to Harvard College, and then Harvard Law School and Business School. He returned to his home state to practice law, and has done so ever since. Carl is a distinguished attorney with broad experience across the law, notably defending constitutional freedoms of speech and the press. He has deep roots in his community and has long been active in public service, protecting the right to free legal aid as Chairman of South Carolina Legal Services and advocating for equal access to quality K-12 public education. He has also been continuously engaged with Harvard, most reently as President of the Harvard Alumni Association. Carl is one of the founders of ClassACT.


SOME OF THE ISSUES WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT:

  • Health
  • Our Planet: environment and climate (international/national)
  • Inequality: Poverty/migration (international/national)
    • Urban
    • Migrant
  • Intolerance: Issues of race, discrimination, bullying
  • Arts as vehicles for change
  • Women and families (international/national)
  • Kids and Learning: Youth and education (international/national)
  • Law and Politics: Political and legal reform (international/national)

For a glimpse of some of our classmates and their thoughts about life now, check out these great short films by Tony Hill created before our 40th reunion: Videos

For an inaugural interview with Bridging project sponsor Rick Weil, check out our Resources tab and click on Classmates Offering Unique Skills

Read your digital copy of the Red Books!

Robert Livingston '72 has generously created watermarked and password-protected personal copies of completely collated Reunion Red Book entries for members of our class. To receive your downloadable digital personalized pdf copy of our class's collected Red Book reunion reports, send an email to Robert Livingston.