2016 Gomes Honors Award Ceremony
Selected annually by the HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council, the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honors recognizes distinguished HDS alumni whose excellence in life, work, and service pays homage to the mission and values of Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 and Harvard Divinity School. Gomes Honorees represent the diversity of personal and professional paths that the School's graduates follow.
The 2016 Gomes Honorees are:
- Cynthia L. G. Kane, MDiv ’96, Lieutenant Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy;
- Valarie K. Kaur, MTS ’07, activist, filmmaker, and lawyer;
- Betsee Parker, MDiv ’85 an Episcopal priest whose philanthropy supports education, community development, and public health in Africa;
- and Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, Alton B. Pollard III, MDiv ’81.
In addition, the Council is delighted to honor faculty member emeritus Preston N. Williams, PhD ’67, Houghton Research Professor of Theology and Contemporary Change, for his exceptional scholarship and contributions to the School. Read more
The Hollis Professorship of Divinity at HDS, endowed in 1721 and now held by Karen King, was the first named chair at Harvard and is the oldest endowed professorship in the United States.
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