Barry BloomDear Members of the 1913 Society,

When former Dean Julio Frenk asked if I would be willing to chair the 1913 Society, I told him I would be delighted to do so. I view it as a priority to recognize this auspicious group of donors and to help others learn how easy it is to support the Harvard Chan School and get a return on your investment. I’m a living example.

Years ago, when I was dean, I created a legacy gift called a deferred gift annuity. That means I gave Harvard a sum, they in turn invested it, and a few years later I began receiving a percentage of that initial gift–an annual payout–which is far better than what I could have received had I invested these funds on my own. As added benefits, I received a tax deduction on the gift and, most important, it enabled me to create an endowed fund for a critically needed fellowship at our School.

There are many ways to contribute to the Harvard Chan School through planned giving, and it is to my great delight that Dr. Tim Johnson, MPH ’76, former chief medical editor for ABC News for 25 years, will serve as co-chair of the 1913 Society. Together we plan to broaden the reach of this group and spread the word that “sophisticated” giving is easy.

If you are a member of the 1913 Society, I thank you for your membership and look forward to your participation at the Society’s upcoming events. If you would like to know more about becoming a member through a bequest or other planned gift, send a note to Mark Dorgan, Executive Director for External Relations at

As I like to say, giving to the School is truly an investment in the future. Please consider it.


Barry R. Bloom, PhD
Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health
Departments of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Global Health and Population
Co-Chair, 1913 Society


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