More news of Yale people


Yale junior Clemantine Wamariya, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, was appointed in October by President Obama to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, thegoverning board of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In 1994, at age six, Wamariya fled Rwanda with an older sister and lived in refugee camps in seven African countries before arriving in Chicago in 2000. She has spoken about her experience in Rwanda on the Oprah Winfrey show and at universities, high schools, and other organizations.

The members of the governing board of Yale–NUS College,the liberal arts college being created by Yale and the National University of Singapore, were announced in November. Yale and NUS each appoint five members of the board. Singaporean businesswoman Kay Kuok will chair the board, which also includes NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan, a deputy secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Education, and two other Asian businesspeople. Yale’s appointees are President Richard Levin ’74PhD, former Yale Corporation senior fellow Roland Betts ’68, Vassar College president Catharine Bond Hill ’85PhD,Yale vice president and secretary Linda Koch Lorimer ’77JD,and former US ambassador to China Clark T. Randt Jr. ’68.



Helen Jack ’12 and Ronan Farrow ’09JD are among the 32 recipients of this year’s Rhodes Scholarships. Sophia Veltfort ’12 is one of 36 Marshall Scholarship winners. The Rhodes and Marshall awards are given for study in the United Kingdom.



David Montgomery, the Farnam Professor Emeritus of History at Yale, died on December 2 in Philadelphia. He was 84. Montgomery, who worked as a machinist and a union organizer before going to graduate school, was a noted historian of the American labor movement and a pro-labor activist. He taught at Yale from 1979 to 1997.


Stepping Down

Vice president for development Inge Reichenbach announced in November that she will retire at the end of June. Reichenbach came to the university from Cornell in 2005 as Yale was preparing a capital campaign. Under her leadership, the campaign raised $3.88 billion, exceeding its $3.5 billion goal despite the 2008 recession. 


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