Volunteer Story, Dan Coleman, A73

Dan Coleman

As the Tufts University Alumni Association prepares to launch its Sesquicentennial on Tuftonia Day April 30, the chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee, Dan Coleman, A73, speaks with Tufts Magazine about celebrating a century and a half of Jumbo Nation.

Plans for the 150th?
As part of the sesquicentennial celebration, we will publish a history of the Tufts University Alumni Association, including student life and traditions over the years. We’ll also celebrate alumni achievements and contributions to Tufts, debut a video about the association, and produce commemorative items to be given away throughout the year. The celebration will involve regional chapters and Shared Interest Groups, current students, and alumni from Tufts’ undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.

The official kick-off event will be on the Medford/Somerville campus on Tuftonia’s Day. The program will include a student celebration, fireworks, a reception, speeches by President Bacow and alumni association leadership, the screening of the video, and a concert featuring alumni and student singing groups. In addition, regional alumni chapters around the world will sponsor a series of events to pledge 150 acts of active citizenship during the celebration period, from April to October.

Tufts Alumni he particularly admires:
There are so many to note, but I must mention three: Vannevar Bush, E1913, G1913, H32; Daniel Patrick Moynihan, A48, F49, F61, H68, and Bessica Raiche, who graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1903.

Bush went on to become the science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, he helped to establish and direct the Manhattan Project. He also established the National Science Foundation, which drives research in the United States today, and cofounded Raytheon Company. Some also credit him with laying the antecedents of the Internet.

Moynihan, who served four terms as a U.S. senator from New York, was a leading university scholar, adviser to four presidents—Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford—ambassador to India, and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Raiche was one of the country’s first women specialists in medicine, with a practice in obstetrics and gynecology. On September 16, 1910, she made the first accredited solo flight by a woman in the United States—eleven years before Amelia Earhart’s first flight. The Aeronautical Society of America honored her with a dinner and a diamond-studded gold medal as America’s first woman aviator.

How he wants his classmates to be remembered 150 years from now:
I believe that the world will note that Tufts graduates of my generation and before were leaders in their professions, whether they were in education, business, law, journalism, diplomacy, child studies, engineering, science, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nutrition, art studies, music, or other fields. We and our Tufts descendants have pushed and will continue to push the boundaries of civilization forward.

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